Team BMR’s Colin Turkington set a very impressive pace during the qualifying session for the BTCC at Croft to claim his second pole position in a row for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing. Turkington was named the ‘King of Croft’ when he used to race for West Surrey Racing, he definitely was living up to the name during the qualifying session. The two time BTCC Champion was always in control of the session and continued to go faster and faster during the session. He kept his fellow competitors at bay throughout the session and came away with pole position for race one tomorrow. Turkington’s first pole time was 1:24.291, then Matt Neal slotted into second before WSR’s Sam Tordoff, Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram and RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill all began relegating the Honda driver down the order. As they reached the midway part of the qualifying session Neal made contact with Collard’s BMW at quite a high speed. With Collard having only just left the pit lane on cold tyres he gave room for the Civic of Neal to be able to pass but Neal made contact with the BMW and the two were ruled out of the remainder of the session with damage. The organisers red flagged the session to allow recovery vehicles on track to recover the two cars.

Turkington broke into the 1:23 lap times just prior to the red flag but the pace was still there at the restart when every driver was looking for the pace needed to top Turkington. Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith, WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan and Team BMR’s Jason Plato were among many to have to recover from having spins around the circuit. Ashely Sutton’s MG was looking lively when he slid around the circuit on two different occasions but managed to recover and not have contact with any tyre walls or fellow competitors to bring the car home in third place. Turkington finished on top of the timing screens with Lloyd behind and Sutton in third, separating the two Subarus with Plato finishing in fourth.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff finished the session in fifth place but was an amazing effort from the Team JCT600 with GardX backed driver considering he was carrying maximum weight ballast. West Surrey Racing teammate Jack Goff left it late in the session to take sixth in his Team IHG Rewards Club BMW. Hunter Abbott put in a late last lap charge to secure seventh on the timing screens. Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson were next on the timing screens in eighth and ninth with WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan recovering from failing the ride height and also suffering an early spin in the session to take tenth place. The finishing order from qualifying was as follows:

  1. Colin Turkington ~ Silverline Subaru BMR Racing
  2. Daniel Lloyd ~ Eurotech Racing
  3. Ashley Sutton ~ MG Racing RCIB Insurance
  4. Jason Plato ~ Silverline Subaru BMR Racing
  5. Sam Tordoff ~ Team JCT600 Racing with GardX
  6. Jack Goff ~ Team IHG Rewards Club
  7. Hunter Abbott ~ Power Maxed Racing
  8. Andrew Jordan ~ Motorbase Performance
  9. Mat Jackson ~ Motorbase Performance
  10. Adam Morgan ~ WIX Racing
  11. Jake Hill ~ RCIB Insurance Racing
  12. Tom Ingram ~ Speedworks Motorsport
  13. Aron Smith ~ BKR
  14. Gordon Shedden ~ Halfords Yuasa Racing
  15. Rob Austin ~ Handy Motorsport
  16. Robert Collard ~ Team JCT600 Racing with GardX
  17. Matt Neal ~ Halfords Yuasa Racing
  18. Josh Cook ~ MG Racing RCIB Insurance
  19. Michael Epps ~ RCIB Insurance Racing
  20. Aiden Moffat ~ Laser Tools Racing
  21. Warren Scott ~ SilverlineSubaru BMR Racing
  22. Ollie Jackson ~ AmD
  23. Martin Depper ~ Eurotech Racing
  24. Daniel Welch ~ Goodstone Racing
  25. James Cole ~ Silverline Subaru BMR Racing
  26. Jeff Smith ~ Eurotech Racing
  27. Alex Martin ~Dextra Racing +1.517
  28. Matt Simpson ~Speedworks Motorsport +1.742s
  29. Kelvin Fletcher ~ Power Maxed Racing+2.016s
  30. Chris Smiley ~ TLC/RCIB Insurance Racing+2.301s
  31. Stewart Lines ~ Maximum Motorsport+3.146s
  32. Mark Howard ~ BKR+3.327s


©Fay Tilley 18th June 2016.