Rich Energy BTC Racing’s Josh Cook has claimed pole place for Sunday’s first race after narrowly beating BMW’s Jake Hill in British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Thruxton.
Having already taken seven victories across the Hampshire circuit, the Thruxton maestro struck once more after producing a file breaking lap throughout the 30-minute shootout to beat West Surrey Racing Hill’s by simply 0.077s.
Cook hit the entrance proper at first of the session, however noticed that point taken away from him after it was deleted for exceeding monitor limits.
From that second, it was defending champion Ash Sutton and Jake Hill who took cost of the session with the pair main approach after the midway level.
However, regardless of leaving it late within the session, Cook wasn’t to be denied and the Honda Civic Type R driver produced a scorching 1’15.310s lap to grab the top-spot away from Hill.
Up till the ultimate minutes of the session, Sutton regarded set to begin race one from third on the grid, however the defending champion was usurped by each his NAPA Racing workforce mate Dan Cammish and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington.
From nowhere, Turkington produced a sensational lap to maneuver from fifteenth to 3rd with simply two-minutes to go, earlier than Cammish bettered that simply one-minute later to wrestle P3 away from the four-time champion.
Sutton finally settled for fifth forward of Team Dynamics Honda’s Dan Rowbottom in sixth.
Two-time champion Jason Plato loved his strongest qualifying for fairly a while after posting the seventh quickest lap. Plato set his greatest lap early within the session and held P3 for a lot of the working.
But the 97-time race winner remained within the pits for the ultimate a part of qualifying. Nevertheless, Plato shares the fourth row with championship chief Tom Ingram in eighth.
Gordon Shedden and Stephen Jelley accomplished the top-ten in ninth and tenth.