Rowbottom was ‘determined’ to take pole after Shedden’s Snetterton disqualification

Dan Rowbottom scouted redemption for Team Dynamics after his teammate Gordon Shedden was disqualified from his Snetterton pole position.

During the last time out for the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, three-time champion Gordon Shedden secured his first pole position since his 2021 comeback.

However, a rear-wing angled 1 degree out of regulation had him disqualified from the top spot and began Snetterton’s Race 1 at the back of the grid.

Fellow BTCC returnee Dan Rowbottom beat the Scotsman to the top spot in today’s qualifying by 0.005s, thus locking out the front row for tomorrow’s opening race.

“What a day”, he said after claiming his first BTCC pole position.

“Gordon [Shedden] snatched the first pole for the team at Snetterton, but then it got taken off him – so I was determined… this week, I was like ‘I want the first official pole for the team’.

“We’ve done it. To have both cars on it [in] P1 and P2 is fantastic. We’re front row lockout so couldn’t ask for more than that.”

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The duo were strong throughout the two Free Practice sessions after both finished within the top-five with strong pace to pounce in qualifying.

Rowbottom talked through his imminent push for pole position.

“We came in with about 15 minutes to go. I think we put a P3 in – it was like a 48.3s.

“I just said look, ‘Let’s wait for the guys. Let’s just have a sit down. And we’ll wait.’

“And we waited and we just timed the (performance) window right. It was more luck than judgment probably but that’s what you need in this game.”

BTCC Preview: Brands Hatch Indy

Rowbottom last drove a BTCC machine around this circuit during his challenging debut season giving a personal best finish of P23 around the Indy configuration.

His results at Brands Hatch Indy during the Renault Clio Cup Trophy (2018) season opener were more positive with a podium finish; his most recent pole was later on the GP layout.

With ‘Flash’ alongside him for tomorrow’s opening race, he will look to translate his strong pace thus far into a first BTCC victory.