Aiden Moffat claimed his first British Touring Car Championship pole position during qualifying at Croft ahead of Round 19 tomorrow.
At a dry and cloudy Croft Circuit, it was a tight 30-minute qualifying session that saw drivers pushing for pole and stretching the track limits.
The opening flying laps were topped by the Infiniti and BMW teams, both utilising highly favoured rear-wheel drive packages.
Carl Boardley had a small off-track endeavour at Turn 1 due to cold rear tyres.
Drivers were tackling congestion into the final hairpin as they set themselves up for their flying laps.
Nine minutes in, Rory Butcher stopped at Sunny In with a hint of smoke as his Toyota Corolla dropped oil onto the track.
This initiated a red flag period from the Scotsman who was yet to set a lap time.
Soon after the green flag, Jake Hill was the first notable quick driver from the group of front-wheel drive hatchbacks.
Just after the halfway point, Colin Turkington set a lap to jump from seventh to provisional pole.
A second red flag was deployed when Nicolas Hamilton lost his Cupra under braking and hit the tyre barrier – he drove back to the pitlane but was not allowed to take part any further.
The disruption proved untimely for many drivers in hatchbacks who needed time to warm up their tyres.
After an intense final 10-minutes, Aiden Moffat claimed his first BTCC pole position.
Jake Hill landed second place and 12-time Croft race winner Colin Turkington qualified third.
Senna Proctor took fourth ahead of Adam Morgan, Tom Oliphant, and Josh Cook.
Ash Sutton, with 75 kg of weight ballast from his championship lead, was eighth.
Dan Rowbottom grabbed ninth out on his final flying lap after encountering issues as smoke came out of his Honda Civic Type R just minutes earlier.
PMR’s Jason Plato completed the top-10 order.
|Position||Driver||Team||Time||Diff. from pole|
|1||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||1m22.037s||– –|
|2||Jake Hill||MB Motorsport (C)||1m22.077s||0.040s|
|3||Colin Turkington||Team BMW (C)||1m22.159s||0.122s|
|4||Senna Proctor||BTC Racing||1m22.169s||0.132s|
|5||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||1m22.186s||0.149s|
|6||Tom Oliphant||Team BMW (C)||1m22.190s||0.153s|
|7||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||1m22.214s||0.177s|
|8||Ash Sutton||Laser Tools Racing||1m22.297s||0.260s|
|9||Daniel Rowbottom||Team Dynamics||1m22.330s||0.293s|
|10||Jason Plato||Power Maxed Racing||1m22.413s||0.376s|
|11||Ollie Jackson||MB Motorsport (C)||1m22.438s||0.401s|
|12||Stephen Jelley||Team BMW (C)||1m22.502s||0.465s|
|13||Chris Smiley||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m22.543s||0.506s|
|14||Dan Lloyd||Power Maxed Racing||1m22.545s||0.508s|
|15||Tom Chilton||Ciceley Motorsport||1m22.573s||0.536s|
|16||Jack Goff||Team HARD||1m22.603s||0.566s|
|17||Gordon Shedden||Team Dynamics||1m22.629s||0.592s|
|18||Sam Smelt||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||1m22.655s||0.618s|
|19||Sam Osborne||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m22.673s||0.636s|
|20||Carl Boardley||Laser Tools Racing||1m22.734s||0.697s|
|21||Tom Ingram||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m22.846s||0.809s|
|22||Árón Taylor-Smith||Team HARD||1m22.994s||0.957s|
|23||Jade Edwards||BTC Racing||1m23.219||1.182s|
|24||Jack Mitchell||Team HARD||1m23.276s||1.239s|
|25||Jack Butel||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m23.319s||1.282s|
|26||Andy Neate||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m23.950s||1.913s|
|27||Nick Halstead||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m24.993s||2.956s|
|28||Nicolas Hamilton||Team HARD||1m27.260s||5.223s|
|29||Rory Butcher||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||NO TIME SET||N/A|