Andrew Jordan lowered Yvan Muller‘s 12-year Thruxton qualifying record in claiming his third pole position at the track in as many years for the third round of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season.
The reigning champion – dominant in Saturday’s two free practice sessions – lapped the Hampshire circuit in a record time of 1m16.192s in the 30-minute qualifying session, backing up his performance from the previous two seasons.
The Pirtek Racing driver planted his Honda on pole position during the first competitive run for the big-hitters in the session, snatching the top spot from Gordon Shedden who had initially taken the honour in his works Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Tourer.
Jordan then lowered the pole time on his next tour of the high-speed circuit to beat Muller’s 2002 lap record (1m16.369s), and top 110mph in doing so despite carrying 36kg of success ballast in his Civic for holding the joint championship lead heading into the weekend.
A second pole position in three rounds therefore went Jordan’s way by 0.172s, Matt Neal putting himself on the front-row to make it a Honda clean sweep of the top three positions thanks to a late surge from the triple BTCC champion.
Between the trio, Mat Jackson continued his Donington form by placing the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus on the second row of the grid, while Tom Ingram claimed a scalp of KX Akademy mentor, Jason Plato, to lead off row three for Speedworks Motorsport.
Starting alongside the rookie, Plato found traffic in the form of the two works Hondas on a late lap, finishing sixth ahead of MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save BTCC team-mate Sam Tordoff.
Rob Collard, Alain Menu and Adam Morgan rounded out the top 10, Jack Goff next up ahead of Fabrizio Giovanardi who had an eventful session.
The Italian was forced to pull off a miraculous save at Goodwood in the second Motorbase Focus, before taking a trip through the grass at the same corner shortly afterwards.