Colin Turkington secured his second pole position of the season and Team BMW’s third at Oulton Park after a fantastic lap time sent him to the top of the time sheets early on. AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff came close to beating the reigning champion’s pole time but couldn’t quite match him, losing a little bit of time due to traffic – he will line up second.
Turkington grabbed pole position whilst carrying maximum ballast on-board his BMW 330i M-Sport and admitted it was ‘a special lap.’
“That was a special lap! Pin point perfect!” said Turkington. “We made a few changes and the tyres turned everything on.
“Pole is never easy, and this is the result of a hard day’s work. I wanted to save my other set (of tyres) for tomorrow. I’m surprised but satisfied. The track was at its best early on, another example of getting a lap in straight away and delivering the goods when it counts.”
Sam Tordoff told the BTCC website: ““I think the heat played its part. The track was definitely fastest at the beginning and I was compromised at the start. We’re only talking hundredths of a second. The boys can be happy with that.
“I think we’ve got a good chance. Oulton Park is a tough circuit and it’s one you’ve really got to qualify well at. I should be alright to tuck in behind Colin (Turkington) and get my head down. I like this track, it’s one of my favourites – just not so pleasant on a day like today! I’ll go and have a cold bath and cool down.”
After going quickest in free practice two earlier, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish could only go third quickest, but set the fastest first sector time of everyone on the same lap before gradually fading away.
Andrew Jordan couldn’t match the success he had at Croft last time out and will line up fourth for tomorrow’s first race, although it could have been worse for the former champion after an unfortunate off during the second free practice session earlier this morning.
Tordoff’s teammate Rory Butcher will line up in fifth ahead of Cammish’s teammate Matt Neal.
Tom Oliphant bagged seventh on his home circuit and will be sure to challenge the top guys in tomorrow’s three races.
Jason Plato qualified eighth with Tom Ingram setting the ninth quickest time after a small excursion coming out of Cascades forced the Speedworks Motorsport driver to pit with grass stuck in his radiator.
Jake Hill set a great lap time and will start race one from tenth whilst there were disappointing sessions for Ashley Sutton who will line up in 14th and Josh Cook who will start all the way down in 22nd. They currently sit third and second in the driver’s standings respectively.
Header image from BTCC
By Jordan Hollands.