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Donington Park BTCC: Gordon Shedden denies Frank Wrathall pole

Gordon Shedden takes Donington BTCC pole 2013Reigning champion Gordon Shedden took pole for the Donington Park round of the British Touring Car Championship.

The works Honda Civic driver was third fastest after the first runs, behind practice pacesetter Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Civic and MG's Jason Plato.

Frank Wrathall's Dynojet Toyota Avensis then moved to the top with a surprise 1m10.123s, which stood as the benchmark heading into the closing moments of the session.

"I was absolutely out of control on that lap," admitted Wrathall. "That lap felt so good."

But with six minutes to go, Shedden recorded 1m10.074s to secure pole.

Aron Smith's Ford Focus then went off at the chicane, bringing a premature end to the session and preventing any further improvements.

Jordan, running with 36kg of success ballast, ended up third, while Matt Neal's late 1m10.215s effort made it three Civics in the top four.

Double champion Plato was fifth, from the impressive Ciceley Racing Toyota of Adam Morgan. Sam Tordoff's MG was seventh, less than half a second behind the polesitter.

Colin Turkington managed 1m10.595s, quicker than the 2012 pole, to qualify WSR's new NGTC BMW in eighth.

James Kaye again set the pace in the S2000 class for the Jack Sears Trophy, well clear of a close battle for second.

Focus drivers David Nye, Liam Griffin and Lea Wood's Vauxhall Vectra were covered by a tenth.

Pos  Driver            Team/Car            Time       Gap
 1.  Gordon Shedden    Honda               1m10.074s
 2.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota      1m10.123s  + 0.049s
 3.  Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda      1m10.181s  + 0.107s
 4.  Matt Neal         Honda               1m10.215s  + 0.141s
 5.  Jason Plato       MG                  1m10.358s  + 0.284s
 6.  Adam Morgan       Ciceley Toyota      1m10.493s  + 0.419s
 7.  Sam Tordoff       MG                  1m10.561s  + 0.487s
 8.  Colin Turkington  WSR BMW             1m10.595s  + 0.521s
 9.  Dave Newsham      Speedworks Toyota   1m10.905s  + 0.831s
10.  Jeff Smith        Eurotech Honda      1m11.020s  + 0.946s
11.  Tom Onslow-Cole   HARD VW             1m11.117s  + 1.043s
12.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW             1m11.156s  + 1.082s
13.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford      1m11.158s  + 1.084s
14.  Ollie Jackson     Speedworks Toyota   1m11.320s  + 1.246s
15.  Daniel Welch      Welch Proton        1m11.344s  + 1.270s
16.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford      1m11.412s  + 1.338s
17.  Will Bratt        Austin Audi         1m11.555s  + 1.481s
18.  Rob Austin        Austin Audi         1m11.581s  + 1.507s
19.  Jack Goff         HARD Vauxhall       1m11.582s  + 1.508s
20.  James Kaye        AmD VW*             1m11.867s  + 1.793s
21.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW             1m12.216s  + 2.142s
22.  David Nye         Welch Ford*         1m12.552s  + 2.478s
23.  Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford*     1m12.591s  + 2.517s
24.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall*      1m12.628s  + 2.554s
25.  Joe Girling       Finesse Chevrolet*  1m12.920s  + 2.846s
26.  James Cole        HARD Vauxhall       1m13.611s  + 3.537s
27.  Warren Scott      BMR SEAT*           1m22.641s  + 12.567s

* S2000
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