Turkington takes Croft pole

Ebay Motors' Colin Turkington has taken pole position for tomorrow's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Croft in North Yorkshire, smashing the circuit's lap record in the process.

The Northern Irish driver set a fastest time of 1:23.246, to end this afternoon's qualifying session nearly four tenths faster than closest rival Jason Plato. The Hondas of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal were third and fourth.

Colin Turkington took pole at Croft

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MGs top and tail shortened practice

Sam Tordoff set the fastest time in this afternoon's second free practice session ahead of this weekend's Dunlop British Touring Car Championship races at Croft in North Yorkshire.

The local driver lapped in 1:24.115, nearly half a second faster than the best time from this morning's first practice, to end the session ahead of Andrew Jordan and Adam Morgan.

Jordan set his time of 1:24.390 early on and held a gap of three quarters of a second for much of the first half of the session, until Colin Turkington got within five tenths just before the halfway point.

With around 15 minutes to go, Tordoff beat Jordan's time, before Morgan jumped ahead of Turkington in third.

Austin and Giovanardi clash in practice

Rob Austin and Fabrizio Giovanardi were 23rd and 27th fastest respectively in Croft's first practice session this morning, and completed only 13 laps between them.

Austin's Twitter account explains why.

Rain forecast for Croft

Despite the hot summery weather across most of the UK at the moment, rain is forecast for this weekend's races at Croft in North Yorkshire.

There was rain at Croft last year

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Saturday afternoon's qualifying session, which you can see exclusively live here on itv.com, features a 30% chance of rain with predicted temperatures of 15 degrees Celcius, while on Sunday it will be warmer but wetter.

Half Centenary for Croft as it hosts BTCC halfway point

The 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reaches its halfway point this weekend, at a circuit celebrating half a century of history.

While the Darlington and District Motor Club had run races on the former RAF Croft Aerodrome since the 1940s, it wasn't until 1964 that a permanent circuit was built on the site, two years after local motosport fan Bruce Ropner had bought it at auction.