Rookie Ash Sutton takes dramatic Donington Park BTCC pole for MG

Newcomer Ash Sutton took a career first British Touring Car Championship pole position for MG after a breathless interrupted qualifying session at Donington Park

Rookie Ash Sutton takes dramatic Donington Park BTCC pole for MG

The session started with a wet-but-drying circuit after a mid-afternoon hailstorm, but several drivers swapped to slick tyres towards the last 10 minutes with the track getting faster.

The polesitter was changing lap-by-lap into the last five minutes before Andrew Jordan slid off the road at the Old Hairpin to bring out the red flags.

He had been eighth in the Motorbase Ford Focus at the time, but was not allowed to return to the circuit under the regulations.

That prompted a last-gasp five-minute dash for times with everyone on slick tyres as the asphalt dried.

Mat Jackson's Motorbase Ford Focus claimed pole with two minutes to go. But he fell off the track at McLeans on his last lap, which prompted a yellow flag.

Sutton was able to finish his lap and grab his first BTCC pole.

He was ahead of Triple Eight Racing MG6 team-mate Josh Cook, who was nearly 0.5 seconds behind.

Jackson retained third place from champion Gordon Shedden in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R and Tom Ingram's Speedworks Toyota Avensis.

WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver Rob Collard was sixth, ahead of the Team BKR Volkswagen CC of Aron Smith, WSR driver Jack Goff and points leader Matt Neal in a Team Dynamics Honda.

Rookie Jake Hill (Team Hard Toyota Avensis) rounded out the top 10.

The leading factory Team BMR Subaru was that of Colin Turkington, who will line up in 11th.

Jordan was bumped down to 25th at the chequered flag.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1m11.729s -
2 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m12.223s 0.494s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m12.261s 0.532s
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m12.318s 0.589s
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m13.006s 1.277s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m13.139s 1.410s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 1m13.184s 1.455s
8 Jack Goff WSR BMW 1m13.447s 1.718s
9 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m13.880s 2.151s
10 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1m13.993s 2.264s
11 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 1m14.160s 2.431s
12 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m14.291s 2.562s
13 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m14.790s 3.061s
14 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m15.078s 3.349s
15 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m15.163s 3.434s
16 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 1m15.430s 3.701s
17 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m15.774s 4.045s
18 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m15.931s 4.202s
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m16.271s 4.542s
20 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m16.681s 4.952s
21 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m16.861s 5.132s
22 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1m16.911s 5.182s
23 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m17.000s 5.271s
24 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1m17.214s 5.485s
25 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 1m17.272s 5.543s
26 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1m17.645s 5.916s
27 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 1m17.714s 5.985s
28 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 1m20.875s 9.146s
29 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m20.946s 9.217s
30 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen - -
31 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet - -


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