Croft Circuit: Turkington dominates Croft BTCC qualifying

BTCC championship leader Colin Turkington claims pole position at Croft by nearly four tenths ahead of Jason Plato.
BMW's Colin Turkington has taken his second BTCC pole position in a row after producing a morale-shattering lap around the Croft circuit.

The current championship leader led most of the qualifying running from the word go but the WSR man then moved into hyper mode with two thirds of the session played as his BMW came over the line a full six-tenths quicker than his previous pole worthy best.

Tried as the rest of the field may, Turkington's 1 minute 23.246 was not to be beaten and it was ultimately MG's Jason Plato who was the eBay Motors machines' main challenger in second.

Turkington's lap, all the more outstanding on full ballast, caused Plato to make a spectacularly uncharacteristic error into turn one such was the response needed to the Ulsterman's searing pace.

The factory Honda's of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal will start tomorrow's opening race from the second row despite Shedden clipping the tyre stack midway through the session and prompting a brief red flag as the marshals relined the stricken tyres.

Ciceley's Adam Morgan was the driver worst affected by the stoppage as his Mercedes A-Class' flying lap was abruptly halted after having set two personal best sectors when currently in sixth.

Looking as if Morgan was overdriving his A-Class in a vein attempt to redeem the pace his Ciceley machine looked to have possessed he could fare no better than eighth.

Reigning champion Andrew Jordan, who had a 'lairy' high-speed moment of his own exiting the fast turn two chicane, was fifth ahead of the second eBay BMW of Rob Collard in sixth and the seventh placed MG of Sam Tordoff.

BTCC legend Alain Menu replicated his practice running to end the session ninth while Audi's Rob Austin recovered from his earlier shunt to qualify tenth.

Aron Smith, although was fast enough for seventh at one stage, saw his best lap taken away from him and as a result will start race one from eleventh.

Tagged as: BMW , Colin Turkington , Croft

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June 28, 2014 5:31 PM

No doubt Plato or one of the other FWD jockeys will give the BMW a "Pitts manouevre" tap on the rear corner as soon as they get frustrated with not being able to overtake cleanly. They all know that this is one of the BMW's weaknesses. If Turkington however manages to hang on to a win, Plato will be "whingeing" again about the RWD cars advantage and looking to change the regulations to suit him! Happens every season in BTCC!!

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