Team BMW driver Colin Turkington has sent the gauntlet down to his title rivals by claiming pole for the final weekend of BTCC action at Brands Hatch.
It was a third pole position and a 20th of his career for the Northern Irishman who put inconsistent form as of late behind him to produce when it mattered most and soar to the top of the timing sheets.
The wet conditions which started and got worse during the 30 minutes of running provided the dramatic action that the BTCC is known for. This meant that anybody within reason could have been at the top of the timing sheets if they could control proceedings.
It was Turkington though who used his experience he has to capitalise on mistakes and lead by a long way having a time of 1:40.752s ahead of Ash Sutton of Adrian Flux Suburu Racing by 0.316s.
Andrew Jordan went off during the session but he still secured third which is a relief as he looks to end the weekend with his own success.
His off though did prohibit him from potentially getting the extra point and getting closer to Turkington in Race 1 as he slid off causing a second red flag and losing his best time as a result. Matt Simpson was the other culprit earlier on in the session when his Honda also slid off due to the conditions.
Dan Cammish on the other hand could only manage 12th place and he will need an almighty run or some fortune up ahead if the conditions remain for him to mount a late push for top spot. Other drivers in the top ten included Tom Oliphant (5th) who may be used to help either Turkington or Jordan’s title challenge by keeping the Honda driver who will aim to make a surge at bay.
Then it is Rory Butcher in fifth, Jake Hill sixth and Chris Smiley seventh. Josh Cook, Mike Bushell and Aiden Moffat round out the top ten.
Qualifying – Round 28 BTCC Brands Hatch
|1.||1||I||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||1:40.752|
|2.||116||M||Ashley Sutton||Subaru Levorg GT||0.316||1:41.068|
|3.||77||I||Andrew Jordan||BMW 330i M Sport||0.768||1:41.520|
|4.||15||M||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||0.874||1:41.626|
|5.||6||I||Rory Butcher||Honda Civic Type R||0.885||1:41.637|
|6.||24||I||Jake Hill||Audi S3 Saloon||1.161||1:41.913|
|7.||22||I||Chris Smiley||Honda Civic Type R||1.332||1:42.084|
|8.||66||I||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R||1.399||1:42.151|
|9.||21||I||Mike Bushell||Honda Civic Type R||1.405||1:42.157|
|10.||16||I||Aiden Moffat||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||1.414||1:42.166|
|11.||33||I||Adam Morgan||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||1.417||1:42.169|
|12.||27||M||Dan Cammish||Honda Civic Type R||1.463||1:42.215|
|13.||25||M||Matt Neal||Honda Civic Type R||1.488||1:42.240|
|14.||44||I||Michael Caine||Ford Focus RS||1.653||1:42.405|
|15.||18||M||Senna Proctor||Subaru Levorg GT||1.675||1:42.427|
|16.||11||M||Jason Plato||Vauxhall Astra||1.692||1:42.444|
|17.||80||M||Tom Ingram||Toyota Corolla||1.730||1:42.482|
|18.||19||I||Bobby Thompson||Volkswagen CC||1.903||1:42.655|
|19.||3||I||Tom Chilton||Ford Focus RS||2.082||1:42.834|
|21.||8||I||Mark Blundell||Audi S3 Saloon||2.607||1:43.39|
|22.||31||I||Jack Goff||Volkswagen CC||2.614||1:43.366|
|23.||9||I||Robert Collard||Vauxhall Astra||2.875||1:43.627|
|24.||37||I||Rob Smith||MG6 GT||2.994||1:43.746|
|25.||12||I||Stephen Jelley||BMW 125i M Sport||3.029||1:43.781|
|26.||41||I||Carl Boardley||Volkswagen CC||3.215||1:43.967|
|27.||32||I||Daniel Rowbottom||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||3.275||1:44.027|
|28.||777||I||Michael Crees||Volkswagen CC||3.822||1:44.574|
|29.||4||I||Sam Osborne||MG6 GT||3.822||1:44.574|
|30.||303||I||Matt Simpson||Honda Civic Type R|