Sam Tordoff claimed pole position during today’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Thruxton, a feat he previously achieved at the same circuit earlier this season.
Tordoff took top spot when Britain’s premier motorsport series visited Thruxton back in May, and the Yorkshireman proved that he’s fast becoming a Hampshire speedbowl specialist by repeating the trick this afternoon.
The AmD-run Honda Civic Type R of Tordoff had steadily improved throughout the day, having ended the opening practice session down in P20. The 30-year-old fired his #600 machine into the top six during final practice, and then went even better with his stellar showing during qualifying.
Double BTCC champion Jason Plato will line-up on the front row for tomorrow’s opener after the Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing star fell just 0.014s short of the ultimate pace. Plato – fresh from the enthralling battle for victory with Ash Sutton and Rory Butcher at Snetterton last time out – continues to grow in confidence, speed and understanding with his Vauxhall Astra and a first win of 2019 seems ever-closer.
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish is on an outstanding run of form – securing seven podiums from the last 12 races – and he will be nicely poised again from third on the grid tomorrow. Cammish has been one of the stars in recent rounds, but the Honda manufacturer squad surprisingly still searches for its first victory of the season.
Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport endured a challenging first half to its BTCC campaign, but the Mercedes team has enjoyed a resurgence since the mid-season break. An encouraging summer test at Snetterton was followed by an improved qualifying performance at the Norfolk circuit, and Adam Morgan improved yet further here with the fourth fastest time at Thruxton.
Bath racer Josh Cook took fifth for BTC Racing, ahead of Rory Butcher – ensuring that both Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance cars were inside the top six.
Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant pipped Team Toyota GB with Ginsters’ Tom Ingram to seventh, whilst BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley and Hampshire man Rob Collard rounded out the top ten.
A trio of title contenders had to make do with results outside of the top order with Colin Turkington (Team BMW), Ash Sutton (Adrian Flux Subaru Racing) and Andrew Jordan (BMW Pirtek Racing) only managing 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.
Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place around the UK’s fastest circuit tomorrow. Tickets can still be purchased on the gate with a big crowd expected at the venue, whilst many more will watch the action live on ITV4 from 11:30.