After taking Motorbase’s first ever podium at the previous round, he easily repeated the feat and his best four times were all good enough for pole. His pole time of 58.078 seconds is a new lap record.
Despite this, Gordon Shedden was only a tenth of a second off in second place. It’s a circuit where the Honda’s have struggled in previous seasons so he will be delighted with his second place, especially as he is carrying maximum success ballast for being the championship leader.
Closest rival Plato didn’t increase his pace as expected and could only manage tenth on the grid.
Sam Tordoff took an excellent third on the grid in his WSR BMW with Andrew Jordan in fourth in the works MG6. Such is the competitiveness of the BTCC at the moment that the first seven places are held by seven totally different makes and models of car.
Dave Newsham continued Power Maxed Racing’s strong weekend with fifth on the grid ahead of Colin Turkington in the first of the BMR VW CC’s. Turkington lost his best time due to track limit infringements.
Seventh was Tom Ingram still feeling confident after his first podium last time out although he also lost his best time due to track limit infringements. Aron Smith was eighth in the second of the BMR VW CC’s, with both easily ahead of Jason Plato’s VW.
Warren Scott, who crashed in first practice in the other BMR car has now been examined at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Oxford where he has been found to have two fractured vertebrae. He is now out of the weekend and it’s very likely he will miss the Brands Hatch finale in two weeks time.
Jack Goff put the second of the works MG’s into ninth ahead of the struggling Jason Plato. Matt Neal took eleventh in his Honda Civic as he celebrates 25 years in the championship this weekend. The top half of the field is completed by Collard, Morgan and Bushell. Josh Cook, who had been a top ten runner in practice could only manage sixteenth in his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet.
Other notable drivers include Andy Priaulx in twenty second after losing his best times due to track limit infringements and Nicolas Hamilton who took twenty fifth.
The other drivers to lose times due to track limit infringements were Rob Austin and Stewart Lines.
Tony Gillham took twenty third for Team Hard after his unexpected return.
Full times are on TSL timing;
The first race tomorrow takes place at 11:57 but with a pit lane walkabout at 9:10am and support races on track throughout the morning, it’s worth getting here early. Tickets are still available on the gate if you don’t have any. Alternatively you can watch at home on ITV4 who will have their usual full live coverage of the BTCC and will also show the accompanying support races.
By the end of tomorrow, we will know who will go into the finale with a chance of the title and we’ll be one step closer to finding out the 2015 BTCC champion.
With the first twenty three cars on the grid separated by less than a second and the whle 29 car grid separated by less than two seconds, we look sure to see some close exciting racing tomorrow, however you choose to watch it! By Marc Waller