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Sam Tordoff takes AmD Tuning's first BTCC pole position at Thruxton

Sam Tordoff scored AmD Tuning's first pole position in the British Touring Car Championship, pulling out a narrow 0.030sec advantage with just three seconds of Thruxton qualifying remaining

He had only been 15th in the dry second free practice session after focusing on race set-up, but in the dying moments of qualifying he posted a time of 1:15.511 to set a new lap record and usurp free practice pacesetter Dan Cammish.

In the first dry qualifying run of the season, and on the new hard compound tyres, rear-wheel-drive runners set the early pace as Andrew Jordan went fastest.

Matt Neal had ended last month's Thruxton test in second but was an early casualty as he suffered a spin on his first flying lap through the high-speed Church corner.

But then front-wheel-drive runners Jake Hill and Tom Ingram came to the fore, going fastest as Jordan and team-mate Colin Turkington were the first to lose their times to track limits abuse.

As Matt Simpson was another spinner at Church, practice pacesetter Cammish topped the times before Rory Butcher's 1m15.724s put his older shape Honda Civic Type R ahead.

Butcher's effort in the FK2 model remained unmatched for sometime as the concurrent sequence of flying laps ended.

But on fresh rubber, Turkington found 0.07s in BMW 330i M Sport to head the way. Butcher did respond immediately but was another casualty of track limits offences and so lost his time.

After missing out races two and three at Donington Park having been hospitalised, Jordan was in fine form and pulled out 0.06s on his WSR team-mate to sit first heading in to the closing minutes of the session.

But proceedings were halted by a lengthy red flag when ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell and Tom Chilton came to blows at the chicane, which left Chilton's Ford Focus wedged into the tyre wall and the barriers needing repairs.

Jordan remained on provisional pole after a final five-minute shootout got underway, and it looked like he would remain unchallenged until Cammish returned to the top with two minutes to go.

But crossing the line with just three seconds on the clock, pre-season fastest Tordoff moved top to secure his teams first ever series pole.

Behind Cammish and Jordan, Turkington ended the day fourth from Butcher and Jason Plato's Vauxhall Astra.

Ashley Sutton was seventh ahead of Neal, Rob Collard and third WSR driver Tom Oliphant.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 1m15.511s
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 0.030s
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.137s
4 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.143s
5 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 0.213s
6 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.432s
7 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 0.475s
8 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 0.478s
9 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.528s
10 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 0.532s
11 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 0.587s
12 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 0.670s
13 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 0.688s
14 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 0.695s
15 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.775s
16 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.917s
17 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 0.945s
18 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 0.974s
19 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 0.982s
20 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 0.992s
21 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1.268s
22 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1.489s
23 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 1.657s
24 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1.799s
25 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1.868s
26 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 2.286s
27 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 3.239s
28 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 3.336s
29 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 3.765s
30 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 7.045s


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