BTCC Silverstone: Mat Jackson takes second consecutive pole position

Mat Jackson claimed a second straight British Touring Car Championship pole position with a commanding performance in Silverstone qualifying

BTCC Silverstone: Mat Jackson takes second consecutive pole position

The Motorbase driver bagged his first pole for the team at Rockingham last time out and its EcoBoost-powered Ford Focus flew on Silverstone's short national layout as well.

Setting four times good enough for pole, practice pacesetter Jackson ended up with a best of 58.078s - more than two tenths clear of anyone else.

Such was his advantage in a car with no ballast that the same gap covered championship leader Gordon Shedden - whose second place came with 75kg on board - back to Jason Plato in 10th.

Plato struggled in his Team BMR Volkswagen CC for much of a session and only a late improvement hauled him onto the fifth row - eight places behind championship rival Shedden.

Starting behind the Jackson/Shedden front row will be Sam Tordoff's WSR BMW and Andrew Jordan's MG, with both drivers looking to bounce back from trying weekends at Rockingham.

Dave Newsham jumped to third at one stage before getting shuffled to fifth in his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze, though his rookie team-mate Josh Cook could not replicate his strong practice pace and wound up 16th.

Colin Turkington was one of a number of drivers to lose their best time for exceeding track limits, but the 2014 champion still wound up fifth and best of the BMR VWs.

Tom Ingram, Aron Smith and Jack Goff split Turkington and his team-mate Plato in completing the top 10.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 58.078s -
2 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 58.284s 0.206s
3 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 58.344s 0.266s
4 Andrew Jordan MG MG 58.361s 0.283s
5 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 58.375s 0.297s
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 58.383s 0.305s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 58.385s 0.307s
8 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 58.389s 0.311s
9 Jack Goff MG MG 58.433s 0.355s
10 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 58.465s 0.387s
11 Matt Neal Honda Honda 58.536s 0.458s
12 Rob Collard WSR BMW 58.542s 0.464s
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 58.548s 0.470s
14 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 58.554s 0.476s
15 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 58.603s 0.525s
16 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 58.616s 0.538s
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 58.711s 0.633s
18 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 58.716s 0.638s
19 James Cole Motorbase Ford 58.716s 0.638s
20 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 58.739s 0.661s
21 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 58.980s 0.902s
22 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 59.044s 0.966s
23 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 59.328s 1.250s
24 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 59.631s 1.553s
25 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 59.814s 1.736s
26 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 59.848s 1.770s
27 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 59.969s 1.891s
28 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m00.076s 1.998s
29 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 59.007s 0.929s


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