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Shedden takes Oulton Park pole

Gordon Shedden takes another pole for Honda at Oulton Park
Gordon Shedden beat team-mate Matt Neal to pole as Honda locked out the front row of the grid for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Oulton Park.

Shedden clinched his second pole of the season with a best time of 1min 27.355secs, which was enough to beat Neal to pole by two-tenths of a second.

Third, and the big surprise of the session, was Andy Neate in the Team Aon Ford Focus, with Neate going more than a second quicker than he had done earlier in the day in practice. Neate will share row two with defending champion Jason Plato, with Andrew Jordan and Tom Chilton completing the top six.

The session wasn't without drama, with Alex MacDowall – who would qualify seventh – going into the barriers on the exit of Druids with apparent suspension failure just moments after Liam Griffin wide on the run to Cascades and took the sump of his Airwaves Racing Ford Focus – dropping oil across the circuit.

Team-mate Mat Jackson, Tony Hughes, Rob Austin and Dave Newsham were amongst those drivers to go off on the oil across the grass with the session being stopped with just under three minutes left to run.

Given the clear up work required, the session wasn't restarted, handing Honda its fourth pole of the campaign.

Amongst the new NGTC-spec cars, Frank Wrathall bounced back from his problematic practice sessions to qualifying 18th overall, ahead of Nick Foster's BMW and the VW Golf of Tom Onslow-Cole.



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btccfan - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 11:15 AM

And Matt Neal said the rules changes would harm him? There was just over a second separating the top ten in qualifying so that proves the new measures are working! Makes for great racing later today!



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