Dan Rowbottom secured his first pole position as Team Dynamics locked out the front row in qualifying at Brands Hatch in the British Touring Car Championship.
He lapped the Kent circuit in 48 seconds with team mate Gordon Shedden just five thousandths behind in his Honda Civic Type R in what was an odd session at the famous circuit.
28 of the 29 cars were separated by under a second with only Nicholas Hamilton outside of the second.
Tom Ingram and Jake Hill set the early pace, with Tom Oliphant in close tow. After the early exchanges not many drivers were improving or setting faster times.
With Brands Hatch’s Indy layout being used, the biggest issue the drivers face is traffic, with 29 cars trying to find space on what is an incredibly short circuit. The other issue drivers faced was track limits, with drivers such as Ollie Jackson falling foul of them and having lap times removed.
Ingram and Hill both went wide at Paddock Hill bend when pushing to the limit, thankfully both continued and didn’t get stuck in the gravel.
With six minutes left in the session Rowbottom went fastest with a 48.0, a tenth faster than Hill’s benchmark before Shedden went second, just five thousandths of a second behind his team mate.
Rowbottom held on for his first ever BTCC pole, with Shedden behind and Hill third. Title challengers Ash Sutton (7th) and Colin Turkington (14th) have a lot of work to do in the first of three races tomorrow.
BTCC can be watched in the UK on ITV3 on Sunday.
|1||Dan Rowbottom||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics|
|2||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics||+0.005|
|3||Jake Hill||Ford Focus||MB Motorsport||+0.105|
|4||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+0.110|
|5||Aiden Moffat||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+0.244|
|6||Tom Ingram||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+0.258|
|7||Ash Sutton||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+0.296|
|8||Chris Smiley||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+0.298|
|9||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+0.333|
|10||Stephen Jelley||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+0.354|
|11||Jack Goff||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+0.354|
|12||Dan Lloyd||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+0.357|
|13||Senna Proctor||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+0.359|
|14||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+0.383|
|15||Sam Osborne||Ford Focus||Motorbase||+0.419|
|16||Rory Butcher||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||+0.432|
|17||Jason Plato||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+0.448|
|18||Carl Boardley||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+0.506|
|19||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus||MB Motorsport||+0.543|
|20||Aron Taylor-Smith||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+0.603|
|21||Adam Morgan||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||+0.606|
|22||Glyn Geddie||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+0.653|
|23||Jade Edwards||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+0.682|
|24||Tom Chilton||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||+0.811|
|25||Rick Parfitt||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+0.829|
|26||Sam Smelt||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||+0.835|
|27||Jack Butel||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+0.908|
|28||Andy Neate||Ford Focus||Motorbase||+0.910|
|29||Nicholas Hamilton||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+1.251|