Champion Turkington takes pole in ultra-close BTCC qualifying
Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington stormed to pole position at Donington Park, fending off a challenge from Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato, with the top three covered by just 0.069 seconds!
Plato had dominated the weekend up until now, with no driver able to get close to him in practice, but Turkington reversed the form to go even quicker in qualifying and claim his first pole of the year. Honda’s Shedden looked on course to snatch pole, but was ultimately just 0.056s off Turkington’s time. Plato was fastest for much of qualifying, but wasn’t able to string together a lap good enough for pole after Team BMR team mate Colin Turkington went fastest.
Mercedes driver Adam Morgan was an impressive fourth fastest with 2013 champion and Donington local Andrew Jordan fifth in his MG. BTCC youngster Josh Cook was sixth quickest in his Chevrolet ahead of triple champion Matt Neal, BMW’s Sam Tordoff, Mercedes youngster Aiden Moffat, and Cook’s Chevrolet team mate Dave Newsham.
It was a disappointing session for reigning champions West Surrey Racing. Brands Hatch pole sitter Andy Priaulx was forced to pull off with a technical issue half way through the session, and was only 23rd fastest, with team mate Tordoff the only BMW driver in the top-10, with Rob Collard 19th.
The first BTCC race of the weekend will start at 11.32am tomorrow morning (Sunday) with tickets available on the gate for £35.