BTCC: Turkington secures pole position at Snetterton

Colin Turkington secured his second 2020 season pole position during qualifying ahead of Round 22 of the British Touring Car Championship.

Unlike the other qualifying sessions throughout the season, the BTCC had run a two-parter qualifying session; a 25 minute session was followed by a 10 minute shootout (one run each) between the top-10.

Conditions ahead of Q1 and Q2 were bitter and dry, causing drivers to spend multiple laps to heat up their tyres.

Whilst the BMW duo set the pace early on, the focus was to make it in the top-10 threshold amongst the field.

Championship-leader Ash Sutton faced issues adapting to the conditions, setting his flying laps later on and grasped P9 in Q1 to make it through.

The only notable mistake was a spin by Matt Neal into Murrays, diminishing a chance for him to get into the top-10.

As for the four newcomers/returnees (each carrying 45 kg ballast), Paul Rivett topped that group in P20 with a time of 1m58.986s.

Jessica Hawkins followed in P22 with a time of 1m59.465s, and Glynn Geddie and Ethan Hammerton followed in P24 (2m00.604s) and P25 (2m00.746s).

The Q2 shootout between the top-10 gave the drivers a handful of laps to fight for pole.

At the end, Turkington took pole position off Jake Hill on his last flying lap with a time of 1m56.858s.

Hill took another second spot on the grid with a time of 1m57.050s, followed by previous race winner Tom Ingram.

Rory Butcher took fourth with a time of 1m57.083s, followed by Dan Cammish with his time of a 1m57.194s.

Ash Sutton carries the maximum 60 kg success ballast into Round 22 as a result of his lead in the championship.

He set a time of 1m57.319s and was followed by Turkington’s BMW teammate, Tom Oliphant’s 1m57.493s.

Oli Jackson was in eighth with a time of 1m57.546s and Aiden Moffat followed behind in ninth with a 1m57.639s.

Adam Morgan set confident pace early on in his Mercedes-Benz A Class, but had his most recent time deleted for exceeding track limits.

He found himself in 10th having fell back on an earlier time of 2m03.740s.