BTCC Brands Hatch: Mat Jackson takes third straight pole position

Mat Jackson will start Sunday's opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch from pole position in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus after setting a record-breaking pace in qualifying

BTCC Brands Hatch: Mat Jackson takes third straight pole position

The 34-year-old set three laps that would have been good enough for pole, and his 1m30.685s lap was 0.6s faster than last season's benchmark to seal his third pole in a row.

"We have had a great season half of the year," said Jackson, who rejoined the category from Snetterton in early August.

"We are lucky that we haven't got any success ballast, but the car has simply been amazing. It is a credit to the team."

He topped Aron Smith's Team BMR VW CC by 0.126s and Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden missed out on the point for pole, but his fourth place start makes him the highest placed of those who are chasing the title.

How the BTCC title can be won

Shedden's Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R set a late lap to eclipse Colin Turkington's Team BMR VW CC and Jason Plato's sister machine.

Matt Neal will line up in eighth place in the Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R, just behind Tom Ingram's Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

The only other man with a chance of the crown, Andrew Jordan, will start from 13th place in the Triple Eight Racing MG6.

RACE ONE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m30.685s
2 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 0.126s
3 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.213s
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0.216s
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 0.260s
6 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 0.348s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.356s
8 Matt Neal Honda Honda 0.403s
9 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 0.421s
10 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.460s
11 Jack Goff MG MG 0.474s
12 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.509s
13 Andrew Jordan MG MG 0.559s
14 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.781s
15 Alain Menu Team BMR Volkswagen 0.893s
16 James Cole Motorbase Ford 0.961s
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 0.992s
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.086s
19 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1.200s
20 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1.224s
21 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1.265s
22 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 1.269s
23 Jake Hill AmD Audi 1.353s
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1.644s
25 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 2.245s
26 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 2.475s
27 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 2.718s
28 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 3.118s
29 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 3.377s
30 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 3.477s

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