Qualifying for round 7 of the KwikFit British Touring Car Championship went down to the wire at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire as Sam Tordoff snatched pole from the hands of Dan Cammish.
Tordoff, who has had his fair share of bad luck so far in the 2019 campaign, was keen to put it to bed and there was no better time to do it with pole position and the lap record in the process. His time of 1:15:5 was enough to secure it.
The session was flowing quite nicely for the drivers until Mark Blundell and Tom Chilton had a coming together with four minutes left on the clock, to bring out the red flag to clear up the mess as Chilton had made contact with the barriers at the final chicane.
When the session got back underway it was essentially a two-lap shootout for pole position. Behind Tordoff and Cammish, it was the BMW pair of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan who took the third and fourth spots on the grid respectively, after setting the pace early on and squabbling for pole themselves. Sam Tordoff's team-mate at AMD, Rory Butcher, backed up the pace of the teams Honda Civic machine, by posting the fifth best time of the session.
Behind Butcher came the first of the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra's of Jason Plato, a driver who has so far show great consistency in finishing inside the top ten. Ashley Sutton and Matt Neal will line up just behind Plato, with his team mate Rob Collard in ninth and Tom Oliphant for Team BMW rounding out the top ten qualifiers.
Once you go past the top ten runners in the field, the rest of the drivers seem to all be where they normally wouldn't be, so we can definitely expect alot of chopping and changing throughout the day's three action packed races.
Thruxton is normally a place that throws up the odd surprise, so we wait in anticipation to see what will happen this weekend.
FULL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
1 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +1m15.511s 2 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.030s 3 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.137s 4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.143s 5 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.213s 6 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.432s 7 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.475s 8 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.478s 9 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.528s 10 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.532s 11 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.587s 12 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +0.670s 13 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.688s 14 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.695s 15 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.775s 16 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.917s 17 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.945s 18 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.974s 19 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.982s 20 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.992s 21 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +1.268s 22 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.489s 23 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.657s 24 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +1.799s 25 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.868s 26 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.286s 27 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +3.239s 28 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +3.336s 29 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +3.796s 30 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +7.045s