Neal leads all-Honda front row

Matt Neal has taken his second consecutive British Touring Car pole after leading a Honda Racing one-two at Donington Park this afternoon

Neal leads all-Honda front row

The session was interrupted by three red flags, but Neal and team-mate Gordon Shedden set the pace from the off.

Even before the first stoppage - caused when a misunderstanding between a slowing Shedden and a charging Mat Jackson (Motorbase Ford Focus) at the Craner Curves sent Jackson flying into the gravel - had both set times that could not be beaten by the rest of the field.

Neal, who was running with 9kg of success ballast, improved to 1m10.129s after the restart, with Shedden managing a 1m10.172s with 18kg of ballast.

The reds then flew again after Andy Neate's Arena Focus went off, and again when Tom Boardman's Special Tuning SEAT and the Chevrolet Lacetti of Chris James clashed. A front-left suspension problem meant Shedden could not make it out when the session went green again, but the Hondas were safe.

"It was lively because we set the car up for corner speed and to get the power down," said Neal. "We can't do that in the race."

Arena Motorsport's Tom Chilton held third initially, but James Nash (Triple 8 Engineering Vauxhall Vectra) and Eurotech Racing's Vauxhall Vectra driven by Andrew Jordan threatened as the session wore on.

A final red was called when Nash and the Speedworks Toyota Avensis of Tony Hughes clashed, sending the Toyota off.

Jordan had suffered a damper failure in the second free practice session and did not get to set a time until after the final restart. Despite a less-than-ideal set-up he took third, only to be pipped in the final moments by Nash with 1m10.477s.

Chilton secured fifth, ahead of an impressive Jeff Smith, who followed team-mate Jordan to record a time good enough to qualify for the third row.

Despite his early off, from which he would not reappear, Jackson was seventh.

Championship leader Jason Plato reckoned he could do a 1m11.4s before the session and recorded 1m11.362s. That was enough for the RML Chevrolet to qualify eighth - and top normally aspirated runner - but he was over a second slower than the Hondas.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Matt Neal Honda 1m10.129s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m10.172s + 0.043s 3. James Nash Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m10.477s + 0.348s 4. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Vauxhall 1m10.556s + 0.427s 5. Tom Chilton Arena Ford 1m10.737s + 0.608s 6. Jeff Smith Eurotech Vauxhall 1m11.074s + 0.945s 7. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m11.309s + 1.180s 8. Jason Plato Chevrolet 1m11.362s + 1.233s 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 1m11.425s + 1.296s 10. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m11.440s + 1.311s 11. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m11.540s + 1.411s 12. Tom Boardman Special Tuning SEAT 1m11.572s + 1.443s 13. Tony Gilham Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m11.656s + 1.527s 14. Andy Neate Arena Ford 1m11.766s + 1.637s 15. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 1m11.799s + 1.670s 16. Tom Onslow-Cole AmD Volkswagen 1m12.052s + 1.923s 17. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m12.167s + 2.038s 18. John George Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m12.289s + 2.160s 19. Dave Newsham Geoff Steel BMW 1m12.352s + 2.223s 20. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1m12.429s + 2.300s 21. Rob Austin Austin Audi 1m13.283s + 3.154s 22. Chris James ES Chevrolet 1m14.787s + 4.658s 23. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota 1m15.125s + 4.996s 
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