Andrew Jordan today made history at Donington Park when he became the youngest ever drive to qualify on pole. This was only after Fabrizio Giovanardi had all his times eliminated after provisionally qualifying on pole, his car failed to start...
Andrew Jordan today made history at Donington Park when he became the youngest ever drive to qualify on pole. This was only after Fabrizio Giovanardi had all his times eliminated after provisionally qualifying on pole, his car failed to start after the weigh bridge. He will start at the back of the 22 car grid packed full of race winners. The disappointed Giovanardi admitted it is going to be an up hill struggle for tomorrow's race but remained optimistic by saying, "OK, it's happened. I cannot change it so there is no point to be angry. It makes it difficult tomorrow. I will have to take some risks and taking risks means you can get involved in some situations so I need to be careful also... it's not an easy situation when the grid is so competitive."
Jordan though was delighted with his first outright BTCC pole position, especially after the tough start of the season he's endured, and said, "I've had a tough opening few rounds so needed something like this to give me a boost. It was down to me to string all the three sectors together in one lap and I managed it. The car feels fantastic. I hear it could rain tomorrow -- if it's damp but we all started on slick tyres I'd like that. I love racing in tricky conditions and my rally cross experience would come in handy."
Second will be the surprise result of the season, Harry Vaulkhard who shocked the field in his Tempus Sport run Chevrolet Lacetti. Vaulkhard, whose best finish to date is only eighth, which he achieved in the opening rounds at brands Hatch, said, "We've been making steps and getting closer to the front but we always felt this is where we could make an impact. The Chevrolet is really suited to this track so it was important to make the most of it. Hopefully I convert this into some good results tomorrow."
On the next row of the grid are two former champions in the hands of James Thompson in his team Dynamics Honda Civic and Jason Plato, another Chevrolet Lacetti run by RML. Behind him are a trio of BMW's with Rob Collard in the middle of a Team RAC sandwich with Stephen Jelley leading the trio, despite this being one of his best ever qualifying positions he might be slightly disappointed with only fifth after topping both Free practice sessions.
Rounding out the top ten will be series leader heading into Donington, Matt Neal ahead of Jonny Adam and Mat Jackson, who returns with an RML prepared Chevrolet this time. Like Plato, his is running under the Team Silverline banner.
Paul O'Neill recovered from a spin in today's opening free practice to finish 11th. His team sunshine.co.uk team mate Martyn Bell was not so lucky when he hit the tyre barrier at the final chicane, Goddards. He damaged his car and this means he failed to complete a flying lap.
Dave Pinkney is in 12th in the other Team Dynamics Honda Civic just ahead of a much improved Team Aon Focus drive by Alan Morrison, who seems to be finding his feet again in the series after not having driven since 2003. Between races the Arena motorsport built Focus has had some new parts and enjoyed an encouraging test. It is clearly a lot closer to the other competitors despite Tom Chilton only qualifying a disappointing 16th.
In 14th is the sole remaining Cartridge world Seat of Adam Jones, after his team mate Dan Eaves blew an engine in free practice 1 and as a result, has sadly had to pull out of the weekend. This has come after the team worked solidly even just to get him to Donington after major accident damage picked up at the last meeting at Thruxton.
John George qualified his TH Motorsport Honda Integra in 15th while the last two cars to set times were Martin Johnson ahead of Liam McMillan. Nick Leason again suffered mechanical trouble and failed to make qualifying while sadly, Jason Hughes has still not recovered from knee surgery.
So with Giovanardi starting at the back of the grid, be sure not to miss any of the action and return after race day for a full review.