Proctor feeling ‘over the moon’ after taking first BTCC pole

Senna Proctor was elated with his qualifying performance earlier today after he claimed his first BTCC pole position at Oulton Park.

The BTC Racing driver landed himself in the top spot during the 30-minute qualifying session at the Oulton Park Island circuit.

It was a strong session for the front-wheel drive hatchbacks as they took up six positions within the top-10.

Senna Proctor reacted afterwards: “After we were P1 here for the tyre test, there was a lot of pressure on me.

“We slipped down to second before that new tyre run at the end and then I just got the job done. I’m over the moon.”

The 22-year-old from Yorkshire was just 0.001s from the outright qualifying record set by Jason Plato in a VW CC, in 2015.

Plato after taking pole at Oulton Park in 2015, setting the outright Oulton Park qualifying record – Credit: BTCC

Nevertheless, his P1 time of 1m25.485s edged three-time champion Gordon Shedden in second.

“Pole’s a really weird feeling because you’re so elated that it’s happened, but there’s still set up things to work on for tomorrow, so my mind’s already switched to Race 1 and how to get the best out of it in those conditions.

“We did a race run at the test day, which was really positive, so I know we’re going to be quick and I know you can overthink things, so for me, it’s just going to have to be a case of getting the job done.

“I did just then in that session, so I’ve proved that I can fight up at the front now too. I just need to keep moving on.”

Proctor has claimed only one BTCC race victory so far which was at Brands Hatch Indy in 2018.

He will look to claim his second by fending off fellow front-wheel drive hatchback rivals Gordon Shedden, Rory Butcher and Dan Rowbottom.