Butcher
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Rory Butcher claimed pole position during qualifying ahead of the seventh round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Oulton Park Island circuit.

Butcher, for Motorbase Performance, took a second consecutive pole position ahead of Race 1 with a time of 1m25.734s, 0.089s ahead of Josh Cook for BTC Racing.

Butcher said: “I made it hard work for myself there – I didn’t get the first two laps on the first run.

“I ended up having to bail out on them and start again,” as he talked about how he set himself up for pole on his final flying lap.

“We’ve had a tough couple of weekends so we needed to come here today and have a good session, that’s for sure,” Cook said.

“We know the strength of our cars on Sunday, we’ve got a good race setup.”

Championship leader Colin Turkington, who will run the highest ballast into Race 1 (60 Kg), set a time of 1m25.971s in his rear-wheel drive BMW.

BTCC veteran Matt Neal secured his best qualifying position in 2020 with fourth on the grid in his FK8 Honda Civic Type R, just 0.015s behind Turkington. Neal will be contesting in his 700th BTCC race on Sunday.

His Honda teammate Dan Cammish took fifth position with a time of 1m26.118s.

Jake Hill in his older FK2 Civic Type R will start behind Cammish with a set time just 0.026s away from him.

Tom Chilton, Cook’s teammate, rounded off the bunch of Type Rs with a time of 1m26.164s.

Turkington’s teammate, and previous race winner, Tom Oliphant set himself up for eighth on the grid only 0.002s away from Chilton’s time.

Adam Morgan in the #33 Mercedes-Benz A-Class put himself in ninth with a time of 1m26.259s, just ahead of Chris Smiley’s Hyundai to round off the top-10 qualifiers.

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