Croft BTCC: Sutton handed pole position after qualifying abandoned

The British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Croft was abandoned after a mid-session pile-up, which has handed pole position to Ash Sutton in the Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT

Croft BTCC: Sutton handed pole position after qualifying abandoned

He had only done three flying laps in the nine minutes of the scheduled 30-minute session that were run, but his 1m33.182s lap was good enough for him to annex pole by 0.561s from Colin Turkington's WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

Mat Jackson (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) and reigning champion Gordon Shedden (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R) will line up in third and fourth positions.

Josh Cook, who is returning to the Triple Eight MG team for this meeting, will share the third row with his team-mate Aron Taylor-Smith, who was one of those involved in the accident.

Jason Plato (Team BMR Subaru Levorg) and Matt Neal (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R) are seventh and eighth. The top 10 is completed by the Team BMR Subarus of Josh Price and James Cole.

Luke Davenport (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) and Jeff Smith (Eurotech Honda Civic) had to be cut from their cars before being taken to hospital. Their injuries have been described as not life-threatening.

Aron Taylor-Smith (Triple Eight Racing MG) was also involved and he was knocked out in the accident. He was taken to the circuit's medical facilities to be checked over.

After the accident, Shedden examined the track alongside series director Alan Gow after the accident and the pair decided that the session should be abandoned.

"There is 100 metres of oil on the track and the rain on the circuit is expanding it all over the place," said Shedden.

"They are trying their best to clean it with a road sweeper, but that is just pushing the oil around.

"There could be another accident going through that corner with the track in the condition it is, so it is better to stop it."

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m33.182s - 3
2 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m33.743s 0.561s 3
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m33.786s 0.604s 3
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m33.808s 0.626s 2
5 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m33.904s 0.722s 3
6 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 1m33.989s 0.807s 2
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m34.011s 0.829s 3
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m34.077s 0.895s 4
9 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m34.086s 0.904s 3
10 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m34.184s 1.002s 3
11 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m34.245s 1.063s 2
12 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m34.293s 1.111s 2
13 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m34.317s 1.135s 3
14 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m34.379s 1.197s 3
15 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m34.397s 1.215s 3
16 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m34.870s 1.688s 3
17 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m34.875s 1.693s 2
18 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m34.953s 1.771s 3
19 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m35.098s 1.916s 3
20 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m35.110s 1.928s 3
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m35.181s 1.999s 3
22 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m35.334s 2.152s 3
23 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m35.514s 2.332s 4
24 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m35.689s 2.507s 3
25 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m35.875s 2.693s 3
26 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m35.978s 2.796s 3
27 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m37.681s 4.499s 3
28 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda - - 2
29 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford - - 1
30 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet - - 1
31 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet - - 1
32 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes - - 0


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