Andy Priaulx Leads WSR One-Two In Knockhill BTCC Qualifying

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Andy Priaulx and Sam Tordoff made it a one-two for West Surrey Racing in qualifying for the seventh Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Knockhill.

Spots of rain threatened throughout the 30-minute session, Mat Jackson heading the times for much of qualifying before Tordoff’s BMW came across the line faster with just over a minute remaining.

Tordoff’s joy was short lived however as he was forced to settle for the front row of the grid, team-mate Priaulx dipping under Colin Turkington‘s 2014 lap record for a second pole position of the season despite two lurid moments in the session.

His 51.671s effort was enough to snatch pole in a WSR one-two ahead of Jackson’s Motorbase Ford Focus ST, denying Rob Collard the chance to make it all three BMWs at the head of the pack. Tordoff himself endured an off, tapping the barriers at Scotsman corner in the early minutes.

A second of two stoppages came with four minutes remaining, caused by the Matt Neal‘s stricken Honda Civic Type-R which had rotated into the gravel exiting Duffus Dip.

Honda Yuasa Racing team-mate Gordon Shedden was denied on a hot lap by the delay, eventually ending fifth ahead of Rob Austin (Audi), Neal, Andrew Jordan (MG), Colin Turkington (Volkswagen ) and Adam Morgan (Mercedes) rounding out the top 10.

Championship leader Jason Plato meanwhile again suffered from a distinct lack of grip with the BMR Racing Volkswagen CC, ending down in 22nd place with 75kg of success ballast, sharing the 11th row with Hunter Abbott.

Dan Welch was out of luck in qualifying however as his Welch Motorsport Proton Gen-2 suffered a front-right suspension failure that ended his session early, while Kieran Gallagher‘s Toyota Avensis began billowing smoke that also stopped his qualifying prematurely.

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