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Croft Sunday timetable for BTCC

BMW driver Sam Tordoff clinched pole position in Saturday's qualifying Credit: BTCC

Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the British Touring Car Championship get underway at Croft today.

BWM racer Sam Tordoff clinched pole position ahead of his team-mate Andy Priaulx.

Racing starts at 12:02pm. Here's the full BTCC schedule:

  • 10:30 - 11:05 Pit Lane Walkabout / Autograph Session
  • 11:30 BTCC Driver Parade
  • 11:50 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
  • 12:02 British Touring Car Championship Round 13
  • 14:27 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
  • 14:39 British Touring Car Championship Round 14
  • 16:54 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
  • 17:06 British Touring Car Championship Round 15

Tordoff targets Croft BTCC success

BMW driver Sam Tordoff is aiming for a successful weekend of racing at Croft circuit in the British Touring Car Championship.

The 26-year-old, from Bradford, took pole position in qualifying ahead of his BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx.

Speaking ahead of today's session, Tordoff hoped BMW could continue it's recent form at the circuit.

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BMW's dominate BTCC qualifying at Croft

The final standings of BTCC qualifying at Croft Credit: ITV

BMW driver Sam Tordoff has followed up his British Touring Car Championship victory at Oulton Park with pole position in qualifying at Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.

Tordoff, who considers Croft his local circuit, and team-mate Andy Priaulx were the only drivers to set lap times below 1 minute 24 seconds during the qualifying session, with the pole time being a 1:23.886.

Gordon Shedden was third fastest with Honda, ahead of the third BMW of Rob Collard.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington, who's won four of the last six races at Croft, will start on the third row of the grid, alongside Matt Neal. While current championship leader Jason Plato, from Tyneside, was 12th fastest.

BTCC debutants Max Coates and Nic Hamilton were 28th and 29th fastest.

Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the series take place on Sunday.

Andy Priaulx's BMW Team Credit: ITV

Priaulx looking for first BTCC win at Croft

British Touring Car Championship racer Andy Priaulx is hoping to clinch his first win of the 2015 series at Croft Circuit, in North Yorkshire this weekend.

The 40-year-old, from Guernsey, returns to Croft for the first time in 14 years. Priaulx is driving for BMW Team RBM.

Practice and qualifying gets underway today with Round 13, 14 and 15 taking place on Sunday.

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Turkington excited for Croft return

Defending British Touring Car Championship winner Colin Turkington is excited about the series returning to Croft Circuit this weekend.

The Northern Irishman, dubbed 'The King of Croft', has won four of the last six BTCC races at the North Yorkshire track, including two on his way to winning last year's Championship title.

Round 13, 14 and 15 take place at Croft on Sunday.

Ticket design for Rugby World Cup revealed

The Rugby World Cup will be coming to Newcastle this summer, and this is what some of the tickets will look like.

Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Martin Johnson with the ticket designs. Credit: England Rugby 2015

The former Newcastle Falcons player Jonny Wilkinson has been singled out for a particular honour.

The moment his drop-goal won the world cup for England in 2003 will be depicted on the tickets for the World Cup Final, as you can see in the design just to the right of Martin Johnson in the picture above.

Shearer: 'Premier League created its own monster'

Shearer doesn't believe the Premier League allows youngsters to evolve. Credit: PA

England Under-21s' failure at the European Championship can be partly attributed to the Premier League which has "created its own monster", according to Alan Shearer.

Gareth Southgate's men crashed out of the group stage of a major competition for the third time in a row, leading to much soul searching in how England approach international tournaments.

Shearer, who scored 13 times in 11 Under-21 appearances before going onto forge a successful senior international career, believes the country are being held back by youngsters not being able to develop naturally as a result of scrutiny placed on any player in the top flight.

Shearer remains the Premier League's all-time leading scorer. Credit: PA

"There is no longer an environment at the top level where a player can just evolve," said Shearer in his column in the Sun.

"The Premier League has, in many ways, created its own monster. Young players who show potential are immediately catapulted to a level that is undeserving.

"With that comes demands for bigger contracts from agents and suddenly a teenager or someone in their early 20s is commanding £100,000 a week. With that contract just a little bit of the kid's hunger is taken away.

"Our Premier League is a terrific product. It is exciting to watch but that deludes us into thinking it is of the highest standard. It is not. In fact the standard is not as good now as it was 10 years ago."

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