Shedden puts Honda on pole again

Gordon Shedden gave Honda its third consecutive British Touring Car pole position by topping Thruxton qualifying this afternoon

Shedden puts Honda on pole again

Eurotech Racing's Andrew Jordan had been quickest in the first part of the session, with aggressive kerb attacking in his Vauxhall Vectra resulting in a 1m17.066s.

But Shedden pipped Jordan with a second run, recording 1m17.004s to follow team-mate Matt Neal's two poles at Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

Neal was another to improve his times in the second part of the session, but had to settle for third in his Civic.

Tom Chilton was three quarters of a second behind Shedden, but will still line up fourth in his Arena Motrosport Ford Focus.

Reigning champion Jason Plato led the normally aspirated entries with fifth, almost a second slower than the poleman.

The RML Chevrolet driver was nevertheless happy with his effort. "I'm really pleased," said Plato. "That was a stellar lap."

Tom Onslow-Cole again showed the potential of the AmD Milltek VW Golf by completing the top six, three places higher than the similarly-engined Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon of Tom Boardman.

Championship leader James Nash, on his first touring car visit to Thruxton, rounded out the top 10 in his Triple 8 Engineering Vectra.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m17.004s 2. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Vauxhall 1m17.066s + 0.062s 3. Matt Neal Honda 1m17.217s + 0.213s 4. Tom Chilton Arena Ford 1m17.759s + 0.755s 5. Jason Plato Chevrolet 1m17.966s + 0.962s 6. Tom Onslow-Cole AmD Volkswagen 1m18.122s + 1.118s 7. Jeff Smith Eurotech Vauxhall 1m18.249s + 1.245s 8. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m18.325s + 1.321s 9. Tom Boardman Special Tuning SEAT 1m18.327s + 1.323s 10. James Nash Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m18.341s + 1.337s 11. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 1m18.640s + 1.636s 12. Tony Gilham Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m18.787s + 1.783s 13. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m18.990s + 1.986s 14. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m19.079s + 2.075s 15. Andy Neate Arena Ford 1m19.131s + 2.127s 16. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 1m19.906s + 2.902s 17. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m20.960s + 3.956s 18. John George Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m21.088s + 4.084s 19. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1m21.655s + 4.651s 20. Rob Austin Rob Austin Audi 1m22.072s + 5.068s 21. Chris James ES Chevrolet 1m23.301s + 6.297s 
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