LIVE: British Touring Car Championship – Snetterton: Qualifying


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15:54Make sure you join us again tomorrow for live coverage of the first race of the Dunlop MSA British Toruing Car Championship here at Snetterton.

15:53Wrathall is targeting a first win for Toyota this season – could it come tomorrow? Gordon Shedden has his work cut out, he’s at the wrong end of the grid. A let off for Neal, who’ll be disappointed with 7th.

15:51Aron Smith, Rob Collard, Andy Neate, Rob Austin, Chris James, Mat Jackson in the new Focus, Nick Foster, Ollie Jackson, Tony Gilham and Robb Holland are the top 20.

15:50A confidence-boosting row three start for Adam Morgan and Dan Welch who have shone here in qualifying. Matt Neal, Lea Wood, Tom Onslow-Cole and Jeff Smith round out the top ten.

15:50Wrathall will start on the front row with Jason Plato, behind them the impressive Newsham and Andrew Jordan.

15:49Plato’s backed out after running wide…so Wrathall’s got it! Frank Wrathall takes his first ever BTCC pole position for race one tomorrow here at Snetterton!

15:48Chequered flag is out: Last laps everybody…

15:47Plato needs to respond, and runs wide with just one more lap to go…

15:46Neal comes into the pits, his session looks to be over. But pole is still up for grabs – can Wrathall hold on?

15:45Newsham’s set personal bests in S1 and S2…and stays third, but his lap time is very good, and just 54-thousandths of a second cover the top three!

15:44Wrathall goes quickest! 1:57:595, shades Plato by 0.015 of a second.

15:43Adam Morgan is really enjoying the track today. He goes 4th, 1:58:205.

15:40Meanwhile, at the back end of the grid, Tony Gilham is shading new Team-HARD. signing Robb Holland by five-hundredths of a second. They’re battling for 18th.

15:39Mat Jackson’s leapfrogged teammate Aron Smith and is 13th, but Tom Onslow-Cole, currently 8th, loses his fastest time for exceeding track limits.

15:37Maybe I typed too soon. Plato goes fastest, 1:57:610, four-tenths clear of the rest.

15:37This is much more like it – quarter of a second covers Wrathall, Plato, Newsham, Welch.

15:36Andrew Jordan pops up into 7th place – he’ll be expecting to challenge for pole though.

15:36NGTC Focus update – Mat Jackson is 14th, three places behind teammate Aron Smith in the S2000 model.

15:35Newsham takes third from Welch, 1:58:151. Morgan has moved into 6th. The NGTC cars running very well here. Could there be a shock on the cards?

15:34Frank Wrathall takes over at the top of the leaderboard, 1:58:039s, while Dan Welch goes into third in the Proton.

15:33Dave Newsham goes second with a 1:58:325s, that’s less than a quarter of a second behind Plato. Meanwhile, ES Racing teammate Chris James has a puncture, front left.

15:32Neal’s the first car over the line after the restart, he closes the gap to 0.452s with a 1:58:552s…

15:29Earlier today, Dave Newsham and Adam Morgan ran very strongly in second practice. Can they repeat the feat in qualifying?

15:28GREEN FLAG – The session has restarted.

15:27Session to restart shortly. Ten seconds…

15:26Question marks over where Shedden will be able to continue the session. He got going again but was the cause of the red flag…

15:26With the session halted, Plato leads Neal, Onslow-Cole, Jeff Smith, Morgan, Austin, Wood, Mat Jackson, Neate, Ollie Jackson, Wrathall, Aron Smith and Jordan.

15:24RED FLAG – Session halted because Shedden stopped on track, but has now got going…

15:23Gordon Shedden’s Civic is crawling to a halt.

15:23Jason Plato now tops the leaderboard with a 1:58:100, six-tenths clear of Matt Neal.

15:22Tom Onslow-Cole is the fastest of the four cars to set a time. He currently heads Rob Austin.

15:20Gordon Shedden’s team worked tirelessly to get his Honda Civic fixed – he’s on track, but how will he fare having missed out all of the second session.

15:17Qualifying is underway here at Snetterton for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.