MacDowall earns pole at Knockhill

Alex MacDowall took his second British Touring Car Championship pole position of the season at Knockhill

MacDowall earns pole at Knockhill

The Chevrolet driver broke Darren Turner's qualifying record by lapping the Scottish circuit in 53.009s with four minutes of the session remaining.

"It's my local track, but I've not been here for about three years," he said. "The Chevrolet has a strong engine and a good chassis, so I knew we'd be strong, but this is just brilliant."

Practice pace-setter Gordon Shedden (Honda) was the man MacDowall knocked off the top spot, but his time, just 0.072 seconds slower, was still good enough for a front-row spot.

Old adversaries Matt Neal (Honda) and Jason Plato (Chevrolet) filled the second row, their cars carrying 27 and 45kg of success ballast respectively.

A fine effort in the final minute from Steven Kane gave the Motorbase BMW driver his best grid spot of the year in fifth. Paul O'Neill (Tech-Speed Honda) was sixth, having duelled with Shedden for the top spot during the first half of the session.

The Arena Fords of Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole were next up with Chilton, seventh, just 0.172s off pole

Rob Collard put his WSR BMW ninth while Andrew Jordan, suffering from a bout of food poisoning, completed the top 10 in his Eurotech Vauxhall.

Series debutant Jeff Smith was just 1.2s off the pace as he qualified 16th, five places behind his Triple 8 Vauxhall team-mate James Nash.

The session was red-flagged at its midpoint when Andy Neate (WSR BMW) hit the tyre barrier at Duffus Dip. He was unhurt and qualified 18th, while John George (Tech-Speed Honda) had offs at Duffus and the hairpin.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 53.001s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 53.073s + 0.072s 3. Matt Neal Honda 53.099s + 0.098s 4. Jason Plato Chevrolet 53.120s + 0.119s 5. Steven Kane BMW 53.160s + 0.159s 6. Paul O'Neill Honda 53.172s + 0.171s 7. Tom Chilton Ford 53.173s + 0.172s 8. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford 53.357s + 0.356s 9. Rob Collard BMW 53.383s + 0.382s 10. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall 53.458s + 0.457s 11. James Nash Vauxhall 53.685s + 0.684s 12. Mat Jackson BMW 53.700s + 0.699s 13. David Pinkney Vauxhall 53.920s + 0.919s 14. John George Honda 54.119s + 1.118s 15. Tom Boardman SEAT 54.191s + 1.190s 16. Jeff Smith Vauxhall 54.297s + 1.296s 17. Andy Neate BMW 54.450s + 1.449s 18. Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen 54.725s + 1.724s 
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