Tom Chilton claimed his third pole of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Croft
after battling back from an incident earlier in the session to set the pace.
Chilton had left Team Aon with work to do after going off track into the barriers but the team was able to repair the damage to his Ford Focus ST in time for him to head back on track and post a quickest time of 1min 24.629secs.
That was good enough to put him top of the times for the third time in five meetings this season as Team Aon continued its recent strong run of form.
“I only just got back out of the gravel trap after I'd been off,” he said. “Then on my second run, when I set the time, I hit a kerb really hard and thought I'd punctured a tyre but it all held together. Other than that it was the perfect lap but I admit I was very lucky.”
Gordon Shedden lines up second on the grid for Honda while Rob Collard
was a strong third for West Surrey Racing and Alex MacDowall – the youngster impressing at the wheel of his Chevrolet Cruze in what is the closest thing to a home event.
Points leader Matt Neal
was fifth despite maximum ballast on his Honda Civic and will start ahead of his closest challenger in the points standings with Jason Plato
Tom Onslow-Cole, James Nash, Paul O'Neill and Andrew Jordan
rounded out the top ten.
Daniel Lloyd was an encouraging eleventh quickest for his BTCC
debut and was quicker than both Airwaves BMW drivers as Mat Jackson
and Steven Kane
struggled for pace and could only manage twelfth and 15th respectively.
Shaun Hollamby saw his qualifying times cancelled when he failed the ride-height test on two separate occasions while Lea Wood managed just an outlap before returning to the pits and failed to set a time at all.
Andy Neate meanwhile was 16th quickest but a six-place grid penalty for the incident he triggered with Andrew Jordan
in the final race at Oulton Park
means he drops to the back of the grid.