Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan takes another pole in Eurotech Honda
|By Kevin Turner||Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 15:46 GMT|
Andrew Jordan qualified on pole at Thruxton for the third consecutive year in the British Touring Car Championship.
Having dominated free practice, the Eurotech Honda Civic driver recorded a 1m16.192s effort early in the session. He failed to improve on that mark, but nobody else was able better it either.
Gordon Shedden's works Honda Civic Tourer was second fastest after the initial runs, but he failed to improve later on.
That allowed team-mate Matt Neal to snatch second with a 1m16.364s in the closing minutes.
Best of the non-Hondas was the Motorbase Ford Focus of Mat Jackson, revelling in a better car after what team boss David Bartrum described as a "eureka moment" ahead of the event.
Impressive rookie Tom Ingram was fifth with a late effort, while joint points leader Jason Plato was only sixth.
The Triple Eight MG6 driver's best lap came towards the end, despite having to follow the two works Civic Tourers through the final chicane.
Team-mate Sam Tordoff was just behind, ahead of the best of the WSR BMWs. Rob Collard was eighth after making extensive set-up changes since practice.
Alain Menu was ninth in his BMR Volkswagen Passat, but his team-mate Aron Smith's efforts were curtailed thanks to a crash in practice that meant he only made it out for the final moments of qualifying.
Adam Morgan's Ciceley Mercedes rounded out the top 10, while Fabrizio Giovanardi was the last car within a second of Jordan in 12th.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 1m16.192s 2. Matt Neal Honda 1m16.364s +0.172s 3. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m16.488s +0.296s 4. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m16.515s +0.323s 5. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m16.605s +0.413s 6. Jason Plato MG 1m16.676s +0.484s 7. Sam Tordoff MG 1m16.809s +0.617s 8. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m16.904s +0.712s 9. Alain Menu BMR VW 1m16.966s +0.774s 10. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes 1m16.975s +0.783s 11. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall 1m17.041s +0.849s 12. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford 1m17.046s +0.854s 13. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m17.264s +1.072s 14. James Cole UA Toyota 1m17.293s +1.101s 15. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m17.530s +1.338s 16. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m17.688s +1.496s 17. Marc Hynes MG 1m17.708s +1.516s 18. Dave Newsham AmD Ford 1m17.725s +1.533s 19. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota 1m17.739s +1.547s 20. Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 1m17.777s +1.585s 21. Rob Austin RAR Audi 1m17.920s +1.728s 22. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 1m18.196s +2.004s 23. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford 1m18.212s +2.020s 24. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota 1m18.268s +2.076s 25. Simon Belcher Handy Toyota 1m18.438s +2.246s 26. Ollie Jackson Welch Proton 1m18.964s +2.772s 27. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet 1m19.065s +2.873s 28. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 1m19.196s +3.004s 29. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet 1m19.289s +3.097s 30. Aron Smith BMR VW