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Turkington on Snetterton BTCC pole as Shedden disqualified

Saturday, June 12 2021

Colin Turkington has claimed pole position in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship 'Top Ten Showdown' at Snetterton today (12 June), after Gordon Shedden (Car #52) was disqualified due to a technical infringement following post-session scrutineering checks.

Honda Civic Type R driver Shedden looked to have taken the spoils after claiming provisional pole position on-track, before his exclusion handed the honour to Team BMW's Turkington.

A 'slightly disappointed' Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com's Tom Ingram, who had previously set the benchmark lap time during practice, settled for second in the final classification. It was, however, a best ever qualifying position for his EXCELR8 Motorsport squad, so the Hyundai driver can be confident of fighting for victory tomorrow afternoon.

Qualifying for Round 4 of the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship saw the return of the 'Top Ten Showdown' format, which was first trialled at Snetterton last season.

With a marginally reduced window to record their lap times, the top ten fastest competitors at the end of the 25-minute session, were rewarded with the opportunity to clinch their final position on the grid during a ten-minute pole position showdown.

Rory Butcher was one top driver who looked to be missing out after the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK driver had his best lap time removed for a track limits infringement, and was languishing down in 28th on the time sheets with just minutes remaining. The Toyota Corolla driver bounced back late on, however, to force himself into the showdown before claiming an encouraging third overall at the finish.

Ingram and Butcher lining up together will spark memories of their clash in last year's final encounter around the Snetterton 300 layout, and both young chargers will be hoping for a more positive outcome tomorrow.

Team BMW had all three of its drivers in the top ten with Stephen Jelley and Tom Oliphant ending up fourth and ninth respectively, whilst Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport's Adam Morgan claimed fifth in his new BMW 3 Series.

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square will occupy sixth and seventh on the grid for tomorrow's opener with Ollie Jackson pipping his championship leading team-mate Jake Hill, the latter performing well in his ballast-laden Ford Focus.

Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing's Daniel Lloyd can be pleased to have made the showdown segment as the Yorkshireman claimed eighth in his Vauxhall Astra.

The initial 25-minute qualifying run wasn't without its fair share of drama as both Ash Sutton (Laser Tools Racing) and Jason Plato (Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing) failed to progress into the 'Top Ten Showdown', and will line-up 15th and 18th on the grid respectively.

Notable qualifying positions outside of the top ten included Jess Hawkins in 17th - as she impressively pipped BTCC legend Plato in her Racing with Wera and Photon Group Ford Focus.

2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Top Ten Showdown - Snetterton  

Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 1:55.371s  
Tom INGRAM (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 With TradePriceCars.com +0.329s 
Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +0.641s  
Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team BMW +0.659s 
Adam MORGAN (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +0.785s 
Ollie JACKSON (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.891s 
Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +1.032s  
Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing +1.121s   
Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +1.455s  
DSQ Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Racing With Cataclean 

2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Qualifying - Snetterton 

Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 1:55.294s 
Tom INGRAM (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +0.291s  
Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.416s 
Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +0.611s 
Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.662s 
Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team BMW +0.782s 
Ollie JACKSON (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.837s 
Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing +0.846s 
Adam MORGAN (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +0.861s 
10 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean +0.949s 
11 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com  +1.166s 
12 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +1.249s 
13 Jack GOFF (GBR) Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct +1.298s 
14 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +1.425s 
15 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1.425s 
16 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +1.515s 
17 Jessica Hawkins (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +1.566s 
18 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing +1.654s 
19 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions +1.692s 
20 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1.739s 
21 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) BTC Racing +1.784s 
22 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1.804s 
23 Sam SMELT (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +2.207s 
24 Jade EDWARDS (GBR) PHSC with BTC Racing +2.553s 
25 Jack BUTEL (GBR) EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +2.926s 
26 Rick PARFITT (GBR) EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +3.025s 
27 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading +3.164s 
DQ Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean 

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