Colin Turkington has taken pole position at Croft and despite earlier sessions suggesting we might have some different drivers in the top ten it’s mostly the usual suspects at the front of the field after a fierce qualifying session on a dry track.
After looking dominant earlier in the day, Turkington took pole by 0.370 seconds in the end from Jason Plato who admitted “They just have the edge on us at the moment.” Plato was clearly pushing to the maximum and beyond as he had a spin at Cleuvaux, narrowly missing the tyre barrier. Turkington smashed his own lap record as well showing the progress the Ebay Motors team have made since last season.
Next up are the Yuasa Honda Racing duo of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal who are only 6 tenths off pole with the Civic Tourer looking much more competitive here than it did at Oulton Park. Andrew Jordan took fifth spot and despite this being a great result, he may be disappointed having been second for the rest of the day. Rob Collard is sixth on the grid, seven tenths of a second off his team mate on pole but he will be pleased to be well inside the top ten. Sam Tordoff took Seventh on the second MG KX Clubcard Fuel save car.
Having been fastest in P2, he couldn’t get close to the front row this time. Adam Morgan continued his good weekend with eighth, not as high up as he was earlier in the day but still a great result for the small Wix Racing team. Alain Menu took ninth despite a lurid spin onto the infield during the session.
Rob Austin’s damaged car was fixed at literally the last minute before the session (Some of the parts coming from a team member’s road car!) and he rewarded his team’s hard work with tenth on the grid. From the angles his car was at going over the kerbs at the first corner you could tell he was certainly pushing as hard as he could and he actually lost his best time for exceeding track limits. Also losing their best times were Aron Smith, (eleventh) Ollie Jackson (Twenty seventh) and Glyn Geddie who despite his earlier promise ended up in twentieth. Dave Newsham’s car failed the ride height test during the session losing him the times he had set up to that point. He eventually ended up sixteenth.
There were several spins during the session and the session was red flagged for a while because of some loose tyres on track at the chicane but there were no reports of serious damage to any of the cars. The luckless Chris Stockton sat out the session due to engine problems with his car and will not race tomorrow.
The full times can be viewed on TSL; Tomorrow’s first race gets underway at just after Midday tomorrow. By Marc Waller