Croft BTCC: Sam Tordoff pips WSR BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx to pole

Sam Tordoff beat Andy Priaulx to pole position as WSR dominated qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft

Croft BTCC: Sam Tordoff pips WSR BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx to pole

The Oulton Park race winner edged his three-time world champion team-mate by just 0.070 seconds with a new qualifying lap record - 1m23.886s - in the dying embers of the session.

"I just pulled a lap out of the bag when it counted," Tordoff said.

Priaulx had looked set to bag the second pole of his BTCC comeback but could not match his young team-mate, despite setting a personal-best first sector on the last lap of the session.

Gordon Shedden's Honda will line up third for Sunday's first race, more than half a second slower than Tordoff but denying a 1-2-3 for WSR's fleet of BMW 125i M Sports.

Rob Collard jumped to third at the end of the session but lost his time for a track limits infringement, so Shedden reclaimed the spot.

Colin Turkington was defeated in a Croft qualifying session for the first time since 2007, but wound up the lead Team BMR Volkswagen CC in fifth.

The 2014 champion bagged pole at Croft in 2008, '09, '13 and last year - having missed three years in between - but the fleet of CCs did not have the pace of the all-conquering rear-wheel drive BMWs.

Turkington fared much better than team-mate Jason Plato, who follows up a dominant Oulton Park meeting with 12th in qualifying here and 75kgs of ballast for the first race.

Matt Neal will start that alongside Turkington on row three in his Honda Civic Type-R, after just edging out Rob Austin - who claimed his best qualifying result of the season so far in seventh.

The two MGs of Jack Goff and Andrew Jordan bagged eighth and 10th respectively, with Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class in between the two Triple Eight-run MG6 GTs.

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton's younger brother Nicolas will start his first BTCC race 29th, having ended qualifying 4.1s off the pace in his AmD Tuning Audi S3.

He ended up one place behind fellow BTCC debutant Max Coates.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m23.886s -
2 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 1m23.956s 0.070s
3 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 1m24.464s 0.578s
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m24.508s 0.622s
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.536s 0.650s
6 Matt Neal Honda Honda 1m24.559s 0.673s
7 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m24.582s 0.696s
8 Jack Goff MG MG 1m24.642s 0.756s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m24.650s 0.764s
10 Andrew Jordan MG MG 1m24.696s 0.810s
11 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.718s 0.832s
12 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.820s 0.934s
13 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m24.840s 0.954s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m25.174s 1.288s
15 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m25.247s 1.361s
16 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 1m25.292s 1.406s
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1m25.310s 1.424s
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 1m25.325s 1.439s
19 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m25.403s 1.517s
20 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m25.445s 1.559s
21 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1m25.653s 1.767s
22 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m26.248s 2.362s
23 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m26.822s 2.936s
24 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m27.013s 3.127s
25 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m27.098s 3.212s
26 Andy Wilmot Welch Motorsport Proton 1m27.274s 3.388s
27 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m27.326s 3.440s
28 Max Coates Infiniti Infiniti 1m27.555s 3.669s
29 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m28.026s 4.140s
30 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota - -


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