BTCC Brands Hatch: Colin Turkington takes pole for race one

Colin Turkington will start the first British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch on Sunday from pole position after claiming top spot in a qualifying session blighted by rain

BTCC Brands Hatch: Colin Turkington takes pole for race one

The session was halted after eight minutes when Aron Smith's Team BKR VW CC slid into the gravel at Westfield corner. He was uninjured but was taken to the medical centre for checks.

Turkington set a string of laps that were fast enough for top spot and he led the way from Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis driver Tom Ingram.

However, Ingram lost his front-row start shortly after the session when his car failed the ride height test in scrutineering.

Northern Irishman Turkington, who took his third pole of the season, said: "Midway through the session and I was 18th and it was raining, and I thought it might be all over.

"But I just kept it all going and I put it all on the line at the end and pulled the lap time out of that. I am delighted."

Rob Austin took a season's best third place in his Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis, which becomes second ahead of Jason Plato in the second Team BMR Subaru Levorg.

The Power Maxed Chevrolet Cruze of Hunter Abbott was fourth from Josh Cook's Triple Eight MG6.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff was 10th in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, which was carrying 75kg of success ballast.

His main points rival Gordon Shedden was seventh in his works Honda Civic Type R, with team-mate Matt Neal 11th.

Rob Collard, who is fourth in the points going in to the races tomorrow, had a gear linkage problem as he took to the circuit, but the stoppage allowed the WSR crew to refettle the BMW 125i M Sport.

He set a time on the wet circuit and will line up in 12th spot.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 1m31.838s 18
2 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.214s 16
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.221s 17
4 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 0.228s 15
5 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.258s 15
6 Jack Goff WSR BMW 0.366s 16
7 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.482s 13
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.553s 11
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.743s 16
10 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.849s 16
11 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.019s 13
12 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.142s 14
13 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 1.247s 10
14 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1.257s 17
15 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1.261s 11
16 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1.541s 14
17 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1.563s 16
18 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1.578s 17
19 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1.725s 12
20 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 2.065s 15
21 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 2.247s 12
22 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 2.726s 17
23 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 2.900s 3
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 2.955s 16
25 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 3.130s 15
26 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 3.984s 15
27 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 4.041s 13
28 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 5.050s 10
29 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 5.691s 10
30 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 6.428s 15
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota - 11


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