Matt Neal makes it two poles from two after waiting for five years for one
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After waiting five years for a British Touring Car Championship pole, Matt Neal has now made it two poles from two races as he was fastest in qualifying in Oulton Park. The Halfords Yuasa Honda driver posted a time of 1m12.151, 0.126 tenths of a second faster than closest competitor Andrew Jordan.
The track was damp at the beginning of the session following heavy rain earlier in the day, which resulted in both practise sessions being run in the wet, which also saw the rear wheel drive cars with the advantage at the start of the session, as drivers in front wheel machinery warmed up their tyres.
Neal first posted a fastest time nine minutes into the session, however the time that would beat them all happened three minutes later when he toppled Jordan to go quickest. Behind the top two, the fight for third ebbed and flowed as multiple drivers laid claim to the position, including, reigning champion Gordon Shedden and Ashley Sutton, in a slightly better powered Subaru Levorg.
However in the end it was Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat who took third spot on the grid in his Mercedes A-Class as he took full advantage of the drying track.
Another driver who took full advantage of the circuit at its driest was Colin Turkington. Despite being fastest in the early stages of the session, when the circuit was still damp, the Northern Irishman had plummeted down the order as those on circuit improved. With the Red Flag out and the session restarted with five minutes to go Turkington found himself outside of the top 20. The Team BMW driver had two laps to improve on this, with his first lap he went ninth with his second promoting him to fourth, joining Moffat on the second row.
Behind the top four was Shedden, with Sutton alongside the second Honda driver with Mat Jackson, Josh Cook, Rob Collard and Senna Proctor rounding out the top 10.
Series leader Tom Ingram will start tomorrow from twelfth with maximum blast on-board his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.