Onslow-Cole claims Thruxton pole

Tom Onslow-Cole took his second straight British Touring Car Championship pole with a sensational display at Thruxton

Onslow-Cole claims Thruxton pole

Just a day after celebrating his 21st birthday, Onslow-Cole found over 1.6 seconds on his practice pace to set the pole time in 1:17.165, despite only completing three laps in his Vauxhall Vectra.

Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi made it an all-Vauxhall front-row while Matt Neal put the third of the Triple Eight-run cars in fourth place.

The only non-Vauxhall on the front two rows was the Team Halfords Honda of Gordon Shedden, who had an off, filling his front splitter with grass and bringing his session to an end in the pits shortly before the finish, but still took third. Shedden's teammate Tom Chilton will line up fifth on the grid.

Jason Plato lost his times with ten minutes to go for failing a ride-height test, but he managed to rescue sixth, one place ahead of his SEAT teammate Darren Turner, with a flying lap right at the end of the session.

Colin Turkington was the best BMW driver, putting his Team RAC machine in eighth place, while Mike Jordan got the better of his son Andrew as the Eurotech-John Guest Hondas completed the top ten.

Mat Jackson was only 13th in his BMW Dealer UK entry, while the returning Gareth Howell suffered a wheel-bearing problem after his encouraging practice pace and will start 21st in his BTC SEAT.

Pos  Driver               Car        Time
 1.  Tom Onslow-Cole      Vauxhall   1:17.165
 2.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Vauxhall   1:17.425  + 0.260
 3.  Gordon Shedden       Honda      1:17.516  + 0.351
 4.  Matt Neal            Vauxhall   1:17.525  + 0.360
 5.  Tom Chilton          Honda      1:17.712  + 0.547
 6.  Jason Plato          SEAT       1:17.811  + 0.646
 7.  Darren Turner        SEAT       1:17.847  + 0.682
 8.  Colin Turkington     BMW        1:17.916  + 0.751
 9.  Mike Jordan          Honda      1:18.015  + 0.850
10.  Andrew Jordan        Honda      1:18.028  + 0.863
11.  Adam Jones           SEAT       1:18.099  + 0.934
12.  Mat Jackson          BMW        1:18.223  + 1.058
13.  Stephen Jelley       BMW        1:18.517  + 1.352
14.  Steven Kane          BMW        1:19.316  + 2.151
15.  Harry Vaulkhard      Chevrolet  1:19.535  + 2.370
16.  Rob Collard          BMW        1:19.714  + 2.549
17.  Jason Hughes         Honda      1:19.888  + 2.723
18.  John George          Honda      1:20.466  + 3.301
19.  Alan Taylor          Honda      1:20.495  + 3.330
20.  Erkut Kizilirmak     Vauxhall   1:20.556  + 3.391
21.  Gareth Howell        SEAT       1:20.572  + 3.407
22.  Michael Doyle        Honda      1:20.804  + 3.639
23.  Martyn Bell          Vauxhall   1:21.584  + 4.419
24.  Chris Stockton       SEAT       1:21.595  + 4.430

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