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Shedden storms to Thruxton pole

30 April 2011

Gordon Shedden produced a storming performance in qualifying to take pole for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

Shedden blasted round the high-speed Hampshire circuit in a time of 1min 17.004secs to edge the Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra of Andrew Jordan out of pole, while his Honda team-mate Matt Neal was third.

The top three were comfortably clear of the chasing pack, headed by the Ford Focus of Tom Chilton with defending champion Jason Plato fifth in his Chevrolet. Notably, Plato was the only driver without a turbo engine to qualify inside the top ten.

Tom Onslow-Cole was a fine sixth for the AmD Milltek Racing.com team despite his VW Golf ending the session parked on the side of the track, while the top ten was completed by Jeff Smith, Mat Jackson, Tom Boardman and championship leader James Nash.

Aside from Plato, the normally aspirated cars struggled during the session with Alex MacDowall eleventh, Paul O'Neill 13th and Rob Collard 14th – all way down on the result they would have expected ahead of qualifying.

Frank Wrathall was quickest of the NGTC-spec cars but was down in 19th overall after suffering a split fuel line. However, his Dynojet Toyota still finished the session clear of the Rob Austin Racing Audi A4.

Austin however ensured he wouldn't start right at the rear of the field having outpaced the Chevrolet of Chris James.


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