Snetterton BTCC: Honda's Shedden takes first pole in three years

Gordon Shedden has planted his factory-run Honda Civic Type R on pole position for the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton on Sunday

Snetterton BTCC: Honda's Shedden takes first pole in three years

Reigning champion Shedden, whose last pole was at Donington Park in April 2013, set the benchmark time of 1m55.627s during his run on his first set of tyres, despite having his opening lap removed for a track-limits infringement.

He tried to better the time on his second-tyre run, but no one was able to improve significantly.

Shedden had very little running ahead of qualifying, after an engine change in between the morning's two free practice outings.

"It was a bit random today," said the Scotsman.

"It all came together and with everything that had been going on this morning, the set-up was pretty much as it came out of the workshop.

"I am delighted. It was a really really good lap."

Factory Subaru Levorg driver Colin Turkington placed his car in second position after the first runs and was only 0.015 slowed slower than the Civic.

However, his last-ditch attempt to grab pole position was thwarted when he was hampered by backmarkers.

A fraction behind the top two, on a 1m55.655s lap, was the Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan, just ahead of Tom Ingram's Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

Mat Jackson, who had also had a troubled opening free practice session with a boost issue, rebounded to claim fifth place in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus.

He was ahead of one of the stars of the session, Power Maxed Racing's Hunter Abbott, who put his Chevrolet Cruze in sixth place on a 1m56.065s, his best qualifying position yet in the BTCC.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff managed 10th place in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, carrying the full success ballast of 75kg.

He fared better than team-mate Rob Collard, who is second in the points. Collard was carrying 66kg but complained of handling problems and will line up 17th.

The main casualty of the session was Andrew Jordan's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, which suffered a power steering problem on its outlap, meaning he will start last.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m55.627s - 9
2 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 1m55.642s 0.015s 13
3 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m55.655s 0.028s 11
4 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m56.009s 0.382s 12
5 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m56.032s 0.405s 11
6 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m56.065s 0.438s 11
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 1m56.181s 0.554s 12
8 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1m56.206s 0.579s 10
9 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m56.222s 0.595s 10
10 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m56.235s 0.608s 11
11 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m56.281s 0.654s 13
12 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m56.394s 0.767s 11
13 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m56.607s 0.980s 14
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m56.615s 0.988s 10
15 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 1m56.631s 1.004s 14
16 Jack Goff WSR BMW 1m56.688s 1.061s 12
17 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1m56.698s 1.071s 12
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m56.752s 1.125s 11
19 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1m56.803s 1.176s 12
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1m56.917s 1.290s 11
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m56.920s 1.293s 12
22 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m57.056s 1.429s 13
23 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m57.374s 1.747s 12
24 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m57.531s 1.904s 12
25 Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 1m57.610s 1.983s 11
26 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m57.794s 2.167s 12
27 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1m57.850s 2.223s 7
28 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 1m58.198s 2.571s 12
29 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 1m58.602s 2.975s 11
30 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m59.800s 4.173s 12
31 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford - - 0

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