Subaru's James Cole has claimed his maiden British Touring Car Championship pole position after snatching the top-spot late in the session at Rockingham.

Although the Subaru Levorg driver had featured within the top-six for much of the business end of the session, it was Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff who looked set to secure his second pole position of the season after toppling Tom Ingram during the first set of runs.

However, despite not many making any meaningful improvements as the 30-minute shootout reached its climax, Cole bucked the trend and catapulted himself to the top of the times to claim a shock maiden pole ahead Goff's Honda Civic Type-R.

Cole's final flier was good enough to dethrone Goff by just 0.048s as Speedworks Motorsport's Ingram settled for third place on the grid.

In terms of the main title picture, Subaru's Ashley Sutton emerges from qualifying in the best position of all the championship candidates after securing a place on the second row on the grid in fourth.

At multiple stages, Sutton looked set to qualify behind his main rival and points' leader Colin Turkington, but a final push from the Team BMR driver proved decisive as Turkington settled for fifth.

Following his practice formbook, Mac Tools Racing's Adam Morgan qualified as the top Mercedes A-Class runner in sixth, less than 0.2s shy of Cole's pole effort.

Triple BTCC champion Matt Neal was the leading factory in Honda in seventh, multiple positions ahead of his reigning champion team mate Gordon Shedden, who could only manage 16th place.

Neal was just 0.032s quicker than MG's Josh Cook in eighth as Vauxhall's Tom Chilton posted his first top-ten BTCC qualifying effort with ninth.

Despite threatening to improve upon his lap-time as the chequered flag fell, Jason Plato completes the top-ten order for Subaru.



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