Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan beats works Hondas to pole

Andrew Jordan scored his second British Touring Car pole of the season at Thruxton as Honda Civics dominated qualifying

Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan beats works Hondas to pole

Gordon Shedden set the pace early on, with the help of a tow from works Honda team-mate Matt Neal.

The reigning champion's 1m16.797s remained unbeaten for some time, with Neal's own late effort moving him closest on 1m16.894s. Like several of the frontrunners, both set their times by pushing the margins of the track limits at the chicane.

But in the closing moments, Jordan managed a 1m16.527s, despite running more success ballast (36kg) than either works car. It means the Eurotech driver has now qualified in the top four at Thruxton for the last five visits.

Jason Plato was the top non-Honda with his works MG. He was half a second slower than Jordan, but a similar amount ahead of team-mate Sam Tordoff in fifth.

Eurotech's Jeff Smith made it four Civics in the top six, just ahead of the spectacular Tom Onlsow-Cole in Team Hard's ever-improving VW Passat.

Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) and Dave Newsham (Speedworks) made it two Toyotas in the top 10, while Donington Park race winner Colin Turkington was 10th in the quickest of WSR's BMWs.

James Kaye (AmD VW Golf), Lea Wood's Vauxhall Vectra and the Chevrolet Cruze of Joe Girling all topped the S2000 class during the session and it was Girling who ended up fastest in 21st overall.

Pos  Driver            Team/Car           Time       Gap
 1.  Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda     1m16.527s
 2.  Gordon Shedden    Honda              1m16.797s  + 0.270s
 3.  Matt Neal         Honda              1m16.894s  + 0.367s
 4.  Jason Plato       MG                 1m17.045s  + 0.518s
 5.  Sam Tordoff       MG                 1m17.559s  + 1.032s
 6.  Jeff Smith        Eurotech Honda     1m17.568s  + 1.041s
 7.  Tom Onslow-Cole   Hard VW            1m17.790s  + 1.263s
 8.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota     1m17.823s  + 1.296s
 9.  Dave Newsham      Speedworks Toyota  1m17.918s  + 1.391s
10.  Colin Turkington  WSR BMW            1m18.012s  + 1.485s
11.  Adam Morgan       Ciceley Toyota     1m18.057s  + 1.530s
12.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford     1m18.401s  + 1.874s
13.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford     1m18.580s  + 2.053s
14.  Jack Goff         Hard Vauxhall      1m18.780s  + 2.253s
15.  Ollie Jackson     Speedworks Toyota  1m18.933s  + 2.406s
16.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW            1m19.474s  + 2.947s
17.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW            1m19.521s  + 2.994s
18.  Will Bratt        Austin Audi        1m19.912s  + 3.385s
19.  Daniel Welch      Welch Proton       1m20.032s  + 3.505s
20.  James Cole        Hard Vauxhall      1m20.234s  + 3.707s
21.  Joe Girling       Finesse Chevrolet  1m20.369s  + 3.842s*
22.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall      1m20.424s  + 3.897s*
23.  James Kaye        AmD VW             1m20.851s  + 4.324s*
24.  Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford     1m21.243s  + 4.716s*
25.  Rob Austin        Austin Audi        1m21.350s  + 4.823s
26.  Warren Scott      BMR SEAT           1m21.500s  + 4.973s*
27.  David Nye         Motorbase Ford     1m21.607s  + 5.080s*

* S2000
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