BTCC Snetterton – Gordon Shedden takes pole position in thrilling two-part session

Gordon Shedden took his first pole position since returning to the sport at Snetterton in an exciting qualifying session.

He stole pole position from Colin Turkington, who looked imperious throughout the two sessions, setting quick laps all the way through.

In the first of three special qualifying formats this season, there was a two-part aspect to it. A top ten shootout followed the first 20 minute session, with some notable names missing out on the final action. Ash Sutton, Josh Cook, Jason Plato, all missed out.

The track evolved over the original session and the times came down. Turkington went fastest originally with a 1:57.3. Sutton soon went quicker with a 1:56.7.

Plenty of drivers had times removed for track-limit infringements going wide on the exit of some corners.

Turkington regained top spot with a 1:55.2 and held on for the last ten minutes.

By the end of the session Dan Rowbottom missed out by just 88 thousandths of a second in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic.

In the final session, the ten fastest drivers go through into the shootout. Turkington reigned supreme for the majority of the session, his BMW setting fastest lap after fastest lap.

Power Maxed Racing’s Dan Lloyd fell a victim of track limits, losing two times, with one being the fastest of the session so far.

By the chequered flag, Shedden put in a 1:55:2 to steal pole position from the WSR driver, with Turkington having to settle for second, one and a half tenths down.

Tom Ingram was third, almost half a second down on Shedden, with Rory Butcher, Stephen Jelley, Adam Morgan, Ollie Jackson, Jake Hill, Dan Lloyd and Tom Oliphant rounding off the top ten.

Pos Driver Car Team Time
1 Gordon Shedden Honda CIvic Type R Team Dynamics 1:55:2
2 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +0.163
3 Tom Ingram Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +0.492
4 Rory Butcher Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo Racing +0.804
5 Stephen Jelley BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR ++0.822
6 Adam Morgan BMW 330i M Sport CIceley Motorsport +0.948
7 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus MB Motorsport +1.054
8 Jake Hill Ford Focus MB Motorsport +1.195
9 Dan Lloyd Vauxhall Astra Power Maxed Racing +1.284
10 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +1.618
11 Dan Rowbottom Honda Civic Type R Team Dynamics +1.061
12 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +1.166
13 Tom Chilton BMW 330i M Sport CIceley Motorsport +1.249
14 Jack Goff Cupra Leon Team HARD +1.298
15 Sam Osborne Ford Focus Motorbase +1.417
16 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +1.425
17 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +1.515
18 Jessica Hawkins Ford Focus Motorbase +1.566
19 Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra Power Maxed Racing +1.654
20 Aron Taylor-Smith Cupra Leon Team HARD +1.692
21 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +1.739
22 Senna Proctor Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +1.784
23 Carl Boardley Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +1.804
24 Sam Smelt Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo Racing +2.207
25 Jade Edwards Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +2.553
26 Jack Butel Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +2.926
27 Rick Parfitt Jr Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +3.025
28 Nicholas Hamilton Cupra Leon Team HARD +3.164
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