Andrew Jordan took the first pole position of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season amidst snow showers at Brands Hatch.
Jordan beat defending champion Gordon Shedden to pole by less than a tenth of a second after a session that was stopped early on following an accident and which ended with most of the field already out of their cars in the pits as conditions worsened on track.
The session started with a spin for Jeff Smith exciting Paddock Hill but there was more drama to come with just two minutes on the clock after Colin Turkington suffered a spin exiting Druids.
With his eBay Motors BMW stationary on the track, the 2009 champion found himself as a sitting duck when Jack Goff came round the corner unsighted and hit the Northern Irish racer – putting both out on the spot.
After the session resumed, a number of drivers took turns at the head of the pack before Jordan went quickest, swapping times with Sheddn before emerging with the benchmark time.
When snow then started to fall, the times were set and Jordan was able to celebrate his first pole of the campaign, with Shedden alongside him on the front row.
Jason Plato and Matt Neal – the latter having a spin at Graham Hill Bend mid-season – share row two, with Sam Tordoff and Dave Newsham competing the top six. Newsham had looked set for seventh but was promoted a place when fellow Toyota man Frank Wrathall lost his times after failing the ride-height test.
Amongst the Jack Sears Trophy entrants, Lea Wood was quickest ahead of James Kaye, and will start from 16th on the grid.
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