BTCC Rockingham: Gordon Shedden claims pole in rain-hit qualifying

Gordon Shedden mastered tricky conditions in qualifying at Rockingham to take his 11th career pole position in the British Touring Car Championship

BTCC Rockingham: Gordon Shedden claims pole in rain-hit qualifying

The Team Dynamics Honda Civic driver dominated the interrupted session, which was halted as rain flooded the Northamptonshire circuit.

Shedden banked the fastest time before the halt, and then improved it further in the closing minutes to land a 1m36.338 seconds lap.

"It is brilliant," said Shedden of his pole. "The car was fantastic but the track was slippery.

"I had some big moment and I wouldn't want to be having those sort of moments all the time.

That put him 0.288s ahead of Motorbase Ford driver Mat Jackson, while MG's Josh Cook left it until the end to put in a flier to post the third-quickest lap.

Jason Plato, who had run off the circuit in the first stages of the second part of the 30-minute session, put his Subaru on the second row.

He ended up ahead of his Team BMR team-mate Colin Turkington, who took fifth.

The top 10 was rounded out by MG's Ash Sutton, Toyota's Tom Ingram, the second Dynamics Honda of Matt Neal, Adam Morgan's Mercedes and Hunter Abbott's Chevrolet.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff struggled again in the wet conditions and could only manage the 27th best time, directly behind his two WSR BMW 125i M Sport team-mates Jack Goff and Rob Collard.

Tordoff said: "We had water get in to the electrics on all three cars and we had a misfire.

"That just capped off a tough day, because we are out of bed with the car in terms of set-up.

"We aren't in the sweet spot, and we have a lot of work to do tonight."

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m36.338s 15
2 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 0.288s 14
3 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.638s 15
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.705s 15
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 0.753s 15
6 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 0.882s 13
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1.237s 13
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.242s 14
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1.302s 15
10 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1.396s 13
11 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1.959s 14
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1.969s 14
13 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 2.031s 12
14 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 2.062s 14
15 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 2.369s 11
16 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 2.375s 13
17 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 2.508s 16
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 2.516s 16
19 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 2.539s 12
20 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 2.685s 12
21 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 2.979s 12
22 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 3.091s 14
23 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 3.220s 6
24 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 3.510s 13
25 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 3.650s 14
26 Jack Goff WSR BMW 4.275s 10
27 Rob Collard WSR BMW 4.695s 7
28 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 5.222s 8
29 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 5.377s 13
30 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 5.472s 12


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