Jason Plato secured pole position at Oulton Park for the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season in a row as MG locked out the front row for the first time with the MG6.

The double champion produced a storming lap of 1min 26.130secs to smash his own qualifying lap record and was then able to spend the rest of the session sitting in the pits as none of his rivals were able to get close.

In fact, it looked like no-one would get within half a second until team-mate Sam Tordoff produced a strong lap of his own to secure second place on the grid and give the team a front-row lock-out.

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"It's been an historic day actually - it's the first ever all-MG KX Momentum Racing front row," Plato said. "Both Sam and myself and everybody in the team are really pleased with that. I was quietly confident after free practice that we had the pace in the car. Our expectations are for wins. When the planets align and things are going well you've got to maximise it. We appear to have a bit of pace over the opposition, so we've got to make hay while the sun shines!"

Defending champion Gordon Shedden was third quickest having rebounded from the loss of his quickest time mid-session for exceeding track limits, while Dave Newsham was fourth as he took the best qualifying result to date in the BTCC for the Speedworks team; a mid-session damper change seeing his Toyota jump up the order.

Andrew Jordan and Frank Wrathall share the third row of the grid, with the top ten completed by Colin Turkington, championship leader Matt Neal, Adam Morgan and Tom Onslow-Cole.

In the Jack Sears Trophy, Lea Wood was quickest in 19th overall in his Vauxhall Vectra, ahead of Liam Griffin and debutant Aaron Mason.