Jake Hill bounces back with Snetterton pole

25th May 2024

BMW man stars during BTCC qualifying in Norfolk

Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport's Jake Hill bounced back from a challenging Brands Hatch weekend last time out by securing pole position for Round 7 of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton earlier today (25 May).

Hill showed his hand during a greasy morning practice session to set an early weekend P1 benchmark, but he saved his best for the drying 'Quick Six' conditions as the Kent driver blasted his #24 BMW 330e M Sport around the 2.97-mile circuit in sublime fashion.

If Hill's performance was impressive, then second placed Ash Sutton can be equally delighted as the championship leader hauled his NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus onto the front row with minimal hybrid deployment available.

A front row starting berth looked a possibility for the Toyota of Josh Cook in the closing moments until the #66 Corolla spun off at high speed going into Brundle.

P3 eventually went to Team BMW's Adam Morgan, who endured a topsy-turvy Saturday, which included a number of off-track excursions. Morgan made a last gasp dash into the 'Quick Six' with a late lap in Qualifying Part 2, so will feel pleased with his overall result.

NAPA Racing UK's Dan Cammish completed the second row line-up, ahead of a very encouraging run for series returnee Bobby Thompson. It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Thompson while awaiting the announcement of his drive with Zeus Cloud Racing with WSR, and the Essex man has returned in fine fettle at Snetterton.

LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ's Cook will be frustrated with sixth after what was looking like a significant improvement on his final tour, although he continues to fly the flag for the Toyota brand ahead of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK's Andrew Watson and Rob Huff.

Team BMW's Colin Turkington's could only manage ninth – citing the result as being in keeping with the lack of hybrid and general feel in the car over the course of the day – whilst NAPA Racing UK's Dan Rowbottom was tenth.

Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS’ Tom Ingram was the most notable driver who failed to progress from the opening segment of qualifying. The Hyundais seemingly struggled for general pace throughout Saturday, and alongside Ingram's lack of available hybrid deployment, he was unable to make an impact.

Ingram ended up 13th on the grid, in-between team-mates Ronan Pearson and Tom Chilton for tomorrow's opening race.

Restart Racing’s Chris Smiley deserves a special mention, as he did progress through from Ingram’s Qualifying Part 1 group. He eventually wound up 11th, representing the best qualifying yet for the rookie team.

Round 7, 8 and 9 of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place at Snetterton tomorrow (26 May). Action gets underway on ITV4 at 1050 while every race will also be streamed LIVE via the ITV Sport TikTok channel, with the races commencing at 1135, 1425 and 1710.

Jake Hill, Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport, said: "The perfect way to bounce back after Brands Hatch, I'm absolutely thrilled. It’s a huge credit to all the guys behind me, they've just done an amazing job and the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport BMW is in a really good place today. 

"I was told I was fighting Josh (Cook), so I just thought let's throw everything at it and see what happens. I was either going to be sixth or on pole and luckily it was the latter.

"This bodes well for race day. We've had a very good run here at Snetterton the last couple of years and let's hope we can continue that tomorrow."

Snetterton – Qualifying – Classification

Qualifying - Part 1 - Group 1
124Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport42:10.6203
219Bobby THOMPSONZeus Cloud Racing with WSR52:11.2310.6114
312Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK32:11.6501.033
420Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW52:11.7301.115
511Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK52:11.9931.3733
614Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS42:12.1991.5792
780Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS42:12.2181.5982
916Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ42:13.5232.9032
1029Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing42:13.5922.9722
1122Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS42:15.7215.1012
Qualifying - Part 1 - Group 2
11Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK42:11.3422
227Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK52:12.0320.692
366Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ42:12.4251.0832
432Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK52:12.4611.1195
533Adam MORGANTeam BMW52:12.6781.3365
6222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing52:12.9081.5662
740Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing52:13.3021.964
888Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing52:13.5002.1582
918Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard52:13.9002.5583
1077Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK52:15.6994.3574
Qualifying - Part 2
124Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport42:09.7322
219Bobby THOMPSONZeus Cloud Racing with WSR52:10.2050.4732
327Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK52:10.3180.5862
41Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK52:10.4380.7062
566Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ42:10.7901.0582
633Adam MORGANTeam BMW52:10.7911.0595
711Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK42:10.8711.1392
812Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK42:10.9261.1942
920Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW42:10.9321.23
1032Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK42:10.9491.2172
11222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing42:11.3451.6132
1214Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS32:11.4501.7183
Qualifying - Quick Six
124Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport52:00.8765
21Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK42:01.6810.8054
333Adam MORGANTeam BMW52:01.8670.9915
427Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK42:02.4231.5474
519Bobby THOMPSONZeus Cloud Racing with WSR42:02.5601.6844
666Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ42:03.4292.5534
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