BTCC Donington Park: Shedden claims pole ahead of PMR duo

Gordon Shedden claimed his first official pole position at Donington Park for Round 25 of the British Touring Car Championship.

It was a dry and sunny day at Donington Park ahead of a thrilling two-parter qualifying which put the pressure once again to fight for a spot in the top-10.

As Flash lined up at the top, there were several drivers who both lost out due to weight ballasts taking an impact, and a few who were able to put down strong pace.

A 25-minute Q1 session showcased a challenge for the front-wheel drive cars to bring the heat into their tyres over three or four laps before pushing.

Drivers were heating them up, then pitting to cross them over in efforts to generate equal heat across the four tyres.

However, many of the hatchbacks found their rhythm to pursue the 10-minute shootout session as 1 second covered 27 out of 29 drivers.

It was an incident-free session, with the exception of Chris Smiley and Sam Smelt both running off-track on the grass.

Notable drivers who made it through included both PMR Vauxhall Astras and Smiley, though Ingram failed to make it through as with two of the three WSR BMWs.

Into a 10-minute Q2 session, Josh Cook, Ash Sutton and Smiley all had their first flying laps taken away due to exceeding track limits at Turn 4.

It was a strong Q2 for both PMRs as Lloyd landed himself onto the front row, just ahead of teammate Jason Plato.

Team Dynamics brought strong qualifying pace also with Shedden taking his second pole position since Snetterton – only this time not being disqualified for an infringement.

He was the only driver to step into the 1m08s margin, beating the outgoing record from Colin Turkington by 0.004s.

In fourth and fifth were Rory Butcher and Senna Proctor, the latter driver topping Q1.

Turkington lines up sixth for tomorrow’s opener ahead of Dan Rowbottom.

Chris Smiley took eighth ahead of reigning champion Ash Sutton, as Josh Cook completed the top-10 qualifying order.

With Plato and Lloyd at the front, Shedden will attempt to fend off his pole position in efforts to claim his first win of the 2021 season.

Position Time Driver Q1 Time Q2 Time
1 Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics 1m09.119s 1m08.994s
2 Dan Lloyd Power Maxed Racing 1m09.305s 1m09.027s
3 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing 1m09.330s 1m09.147s
4 Rory Butcher Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C) 1m09.303s 1m09.214s
5 Senna Proctor BTC Racing 1m09.051s 1m09.282s
6 Colin Turkington Team BMW (C) 1m09.076s 1m09.300s
7 Daniel Rowbottom Team Dynamics 1m09.085s 1m09.360s
8 Chris Smiley EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 1m09.234s 1m09.465s
9 Ash Sutton Laser Tools Racing 1m09.098s 1m09.493s
10 Josh Cook BTC Racing 1m09.329s 1m09.544s
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport 1m09.367s
12 Tom Ingram EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 1m09.374s
13 Jake Hill MB Motorsport (C) 1m09.385s
14 Sam Osborne Motorbase Performance (C) 1m09.409s
15 Ollie Jackson MB Motorsport (C) 1m09.438s
16 Jade Edwards BTC Racing 1m09.511s
17 Stephen Jelley Team BMW (C) 1m09.519s
18 Tom Oliphant Team BMW (C) 1m09.525s
19 Tom Chilton Ciceley Motorsport 1m09.538s
20 Árón Taylor-Smith Team HARD 1m09.573s
21 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing 1m09.661s
22 Jack Mitchell Team HARD 1m09.679s
23 Jack Butel EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 1m09.720s
24 Sam Smelt Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C) 1m09.778s
25 Rick Parfitt Jr. EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 1m09.866s
26 Jack Goff Team HARD 1m09.881s
27 Andy Neate Motorbase Performance (C) 1m10.026s
28 Carl Boardley Laser Tools Racing 1m10.059s
29 Nicolas Hamilton Team HARD 1m10.692s