Sam Tordoff has clinched his first pole in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after beating MG team-mate Jason Plato to top spot at Snetterton.

Tordoff was able to produce the fastest time of the day at the Triple Eight-run team dominated proceedings at the top of the timesheets, with a lap of 1min 56.696secs being good enough to give him an advantage of three-tenths of a second over Plato.

Gordon Shedden was third quickest for Honda ahead of the Pirtek Racing Honda of Andrerw Jordan and double Croft winner Colin Turkington, who put his eBay Motors BMW onto row three despite admitting he wasn't totally happy with the handling of his car.

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Aron Smith scored a seasons best of sixth on the grid but it would prove to be a mixed session for the Airwaves Racing man after a heavy shunt exiting turn one.

Having lost the rear end of his Ford Focus, Smith went into the barriers on the inside of the corner at speed and left his car with heavy damage to the front and rear - causing a red flag stoppage while the debris was cleared up.

While Smith escaped without injury, the Motorbase-run team now faces a busy night of work to carry out repairs.

Adam Morgan was top Toyota in seventh with Jack Goff taking his best result to date in the Team HARD. Insignia with eighth as he built on the encouraging pace shown during the two-day test last month. Dave Newsham and Dan Welch rounded out the top ten; the latter also picking up his best qualifying result of the season so far. Championship leader Matt Neal however could only manage eleventh.

Of the two newcomers, Andy Neate was 23rd quickest in his new Chevrolet Cruze although Warren Scott failed to set a time with a mechanical issue.

Lea Wood was quickest of he Jack Sears Trophy runners ahead of James Kaye.