BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington leads BMR top three in qualifying

Colin Turkington claimed his second pole position of the 2015 British Touring Car Championship after beating team-mates Aron Smith and Jason Plato in a tight Snetterton qualifying session

BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington leads BMR top three in qualifying

The trio of Volkswagen CCs were at the sharp end throughout practice and it was 2014 champion Turkington who prevailed in qualifying to lead a Team BMR 1-2-3.

The Northern Irishman's best of 1m56.047s toppled Smith's early-session benchmark and handed Turkington a 14th career pole.

Smith shaved one-hundredth of a second off his own personal best but wound up 0.027s slower than the poleman, although he was 0.071s faster than Plato.

Practice pacesetter Andrew Jordan ended up fourth, matching his best qualifying performance of the season as he lapped 0.003s faster than the lead Honda of Matt Neal.

The same gap split Neal and Croft race winner Andy Priaulx in sixth, with just two tenths of a second covering the lead half-dozen over the near-two-minute lap.

Jack Goff looked poised to improve late on in the second MG with the best first sector of the session, but he made a mistake at the Esses and ran wide, ending up seventh.

Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard joined WSR BMW team-mate Priaulx in the top 10, sandwiching ninth-placed Tom Ingram.

It was a disastrous session for championship leader Gordon Shedden, who suffered a power-steering failure.

The Scot was mired in 16th with 75kg of ballast aboard his Civic Type-R, 0.8s off the pace and six-tenths slower than team-mate Neal.

Mat Jackson was the best-placed Motorbase driver on the team's return to the series, qualifying 14th with his new team-mate James Cole 20th.

The returning Robb Holland took 24th in Simon Belcher's Toyota Avensis, with Alex Martin's Team Parker Racing stand-in Barry Horne to start 25th on his BTCC debut.

RACE 1 GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 1m56.047s
2 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 0.027s
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 0.071s
4 Andrew Jordan MG MG 0.193s
5 Matt Neal Honda Honda 0.196s
6 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 0.199s
7 Jack Goff MG MG 0.271s
8 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.320s
9 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.344s
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.452s
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.605s
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.649s
13 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 0.741s
14 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.779s
15 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.827s
16 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0.852s
17 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 0.982s
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 1.309s
19 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1.499s
20 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1.853s
21 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 1.926s
22 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 2.318s
23 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 2.499s
24 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 2.680s
25 Barry Horne Team Parker Ford 3.492s
26 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 3.576s
27 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 4.506s
28 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 5.160s


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