British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington says he's happy to start race day on the front row but admits his WSR BMW remains a bit of a handful around Rockingham.

Turkington dramatically thwarted a potential MG one-two in the dying seconds of qualifying to hurl his eBay Motors 1-Series onto the front row alongside Triple Eights Tordoff.

The 2009 champion currently leads the standings by 23-points ahead of Honda's Gordon Shedden, who qualified directly behind the BMW in fourth position.

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Although content with second, Turkington says he and his WSR team must improve the car for tomorrow's trio of 16-lap encounters if they are to challenge the MG's.

"Yeah, pretty happy with that," Turkington told crash.net. "We knew Rockingham would be a weekend of hard work but P2 is good and gives us a good chance for tomorrow.

"We need to try and improve the car, its hard work around here, but I think it's difficult for everybody. If we can make the car strong over 16 laps then we'll have a good chance."

Knowing the MG's will be difficult to beat, Turkington says a trio of 'strong points finishes' with an aim to replicating his double-podium from last season would be a good days work for his championship crusade.

"The MG's were very good here last year, so we were expecting them to be guys to beat, and they will be tomorrow," Turkington continued. "But it's important that I'm up there fighting with them and that's the direct competition at the moment.

"Three good points scoring finishes are my aim for tomorrow. It's going to be really hard to win a race tomorrow. Last year I finished on the podium twice so if I can repeat that it will be a good day."