Colin Turkington has given eBay BMW their first pole of the BTCC season after capitalising upon a drying Oulton Park circuit.

Jason Plato and MG had led most of the session with the track continuously drying throughout but a red flag, brought out by the damaged Mercedes of Adam Morgan, set up a grandstand final ten-minutes in which Turkington brilliantly took full advantage of.

The Ulsterman set a time over six tenths quicker than Plato and while the Clubcard Fuelsave MG responded towards the end it was not enough to deny Turkington the top spot for tomorrow's opening race.

Gordon Shedden, after not really featuring in any of the practice running, salvaged a very credible third position while Rob Collard made it two WSR BMW's in the top four.

Sam Tordoff was the second MG in fifth position just ahead of Audi's Rob Austin, who made a welcome return to the sharp end following a difficult couple of race weekends.

Airwaves Racing's Mat Jackson continues his strengthened form of late and qualified seventh ahead of an impressive effort from the MG of Marc Hynes in eighth.

Another who made little impression during the earlier practice running was Tom Ingram. The BTCC rookie turned in another head turning performance to qualify in the top ten for the third time in four races.

Nick Foster, buried within the top ten all day, made it three eBay BMW's to qualify in the top ten.

As predicted, on maximum success ballast, Andrew Jordan endured a trying session in his Honda Civic. The Pirtek man had hoped for a top six finish but could only manage 13th, leaving the championship leader with an uphill struggle ahead of tomorrow's races.