Ashley Sutton takes his first BTCC pole at Donington Park

Ash Sutton was pleased with his first ever pole (Photo by Marc Waller)

Ash Sutton was pleased with his first ever pole (Photo by Marc Waller)Ashley Sutton has lead an MG one two in qualifying for the BTCC at Donington Park.

In what turned out to be an exciting session, the pole position holder changed several times during the session which was interrupted by three red flags and had rain, hail and even snow falling at various points!

The track started out wet but gradually dried out during the session as the sun came out before we briefly saw some very light snow and hail during the final part although it wasn’t enough to slow the laptimes.

The first red flag in the session came out for BKR driver Mark Howard as he stranded his VW at the chicane before even completing a single lap. Andrew Jordan then caused a further red flag just a few minutes from the end leading to a final shoot out where the times tumbled. Jordan’s team mate Jackson then through his car off at the old hairpin to cause the final red flag from which the session wasn’t restarted.

Ashley Sutton was the only driver to break into the 1:11 bracket with his 1:11.729 beating team mate Josh Cook by half a second. Behind those two, Motorbase’s Mat Jackson was the best of the rest despite causing the session finishing final red flag.

Gordon Shedden was fourth in his works Honda having been in the top four all day with Tom Ingram a strong fifth for Speedworks. Rob Collard was the best WSR driver in sixth with his WSR team mate Goff behind in eighth in the IHG Hotels BMW. Splitting them was BKR’s Aron Smith, still finding pace in their VW CC despite it having the older specification NGTC parts. Matt Neal’s works Honda was ninth before RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill completed the top ten in his Toyota Avensis.

Colin Turkington was eleventh but he was unlucky not be be higher in the first of the works Subaru’s having run as high as fourth earlier in the session. The other three Subaru’s were one after the other in 16th, 17th and 18th. Team Boss Warren Scott ahead of James Cole with Jason Plato the last of the trio. He can’t be happy with that especially with Turkington showing that more pace can be found in the Subaru.

Tom Ingram thought the red flags cost him pole (Photo by Marc Waller)Collard was the best WSR car (Photo by Marc Waller)The Subarus were trying hard but Only Turkington came close (Photo by Marc Waller)Sutton got his lap in at the perfect time (Photo by Marc Waller)Jeff Smith was twelfth in the Eurotech Honda, another driver unlucky not to be higher. Hunter Abbott put his Power Maxed Chevrolet into thirteenth. His team mate, soap star Kelvin Fletcher was forced to miss the session as his car had sustained heavy damage in the second practice session.

Adam Morgan was fourteenth with Rob Austin fifteenth.

Other notable drivers finishing positions were

Andrew Jordan 25th (after his off) and Aidan Moffat 23rd, disappointing for him having earlier been in the top four.

All thirty one cars are due to start tomorrow with the first race getting underway at 11:37am.

Tickets are available on the gate at Donington Park which is easily accessible from both the M1 and the M42/M6 using the A42.

If you are staying at home, full live tv coverage will be on ITV4 as always with the show starting at 10:30am.

Full times are available from the championships official timer; TSL timing. By Marc Waller

Shedden was the best of the Hondas (Photo by Marc Waller) Jake Hill was pleased with tenth (Photo by Marc Waller) jackson took third despite ending the session in the gravel (Photo by Marc Waller) Goff made the top eight (Photo by Marc Waller)

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