Senna Proctor took his first pole position during qualifying for the 10th round of the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.
It was a thrilling display of flat-out qualifying for tomorrow’s Race 1 at a cloudy Oulton Park.
In usual fashion, the field was close with almost the whole field covered by 2 seconds around the Island configuration.
However, it emerged the front-wheel drive hatchbacks were able to show their pace around the narrow and fast circuit.
During the early stages of the 30-minute session, Colin Turkington was setting the pace in his BMW 330i M Sport.
His second flying lap was a 1m25.928s which was the fastest during the race weekend, but far from the eventual pole time.
The four-time champion had a spin into Cascades, as did Chris Smiley in his Hyundai i30 N.
Tom Ingram, who sits second in the drivers’ standings, did not set a lap-time due to an unknown issue that kept him in the garage which puts him at the back of the 29-car field.
By the end, it was BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor with time of 1m25.485s to land his first pole position (0.001s off Jason Plato’s 2015 qualifying record).
He denied Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden to first position by 0.076s.
The Scotsman’s brother-in-law, Rory Butcher, landed third spot for tomorrow’s opening race in his Toyota Corolla GR Sport.
The pole-sitter from last time out at Brands Hatch, Dan Rowbottom, was in fourth.
Team HARD’s best qualifier in this session was Jack Goff in fifth ahead of Adam Morgan and Jake Hill.
West Surrey Racing teammates Stephen Jelley and Colin Turkington were in eighth and ninth whilst reigning champion Ash Sutton rounded off the top-10.
BTCC rookie and debutant Jack Mitchell qualified his Cupra Leon in 25th.
|Position||Driver||Team||Time||Diff. from pole|
|1||Senna Proctor||BTC Racing||1m25.485s||—|
|2||Gordon Shedden||Team Dynamics||1m25.561s||0.076s|
|3||Rory Butcher||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||1m25.572s||0.087s|
|4||Daniel Rowbottom||Team Dynamics||1m25.578s||0.093s|
|5||Jack Goff||Team HARD||1m25.699s||0.214s|
|6||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||1m25.702s||0.217s|
|7||Jake Hill||MB Motorsport (C)||1m25.716s||0.231s|
|8||Stephen Jelley||Team BMW (C)||1m25.775s||0.290s|
|9||Colin Turkington||Team BMW (C)||1m25.795s||0.310s|
|10||Ash Sutton||Laser Tools Racing||1m35.807s||0.322s|
|11||Sam Osborne||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m25.905s||0.420s|
|12||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||1m25.940s||0.455s|
|13||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||1m26.021s||0.536s|
|14||Tom Oliphant||Team BMW (C)||1m26.044s||0.559s|
|15||Sam Smelt||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||1m26.047s||0.562s|
|16||Dan Lloyd||Power Maxed Racing||1m26.087s||0.602s|
|17||Ollie Jackson||MB Motorsport (C)||1m26.089s||0.604s|
|18||Jason Plato||Power Maxed Racing||1m26.132s||0.647s|
|19||Chris Smiley||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m26.135s||0.650s|
|20||Carl Boardley||Laser Tools Racing||1m26.141s||0.656s|
|21||Árón Taylor-Smith||Team HARD||1m26.610s||1.125s|
|22||Tom Chilton||Ciceley Motorsport||1m26.621s||1.136s|
|23||Jade Edwards||BTC Racing||1m26.719s||1.234s|
|24||Rick Parfitt Jr.||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m26.790s||1.305s|
|25||Jack Mitchell||Team HARD||1m26.854s||1.369s|
|26||Nicolas Hamilton||Team HARD||1m27.001s||1.516s|
|27||Jack Butel||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m27.254s||1.769s|
|28||Andy Neate||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m28.145s||2.660s|
|29||Tom Ingram||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||NO TIME SET||N/A|