Jason Plato has translated MG's scintillating practice form to beat Colin Turkington's BMW to pole-position by less than a tenth at Silverstone in a ultra-tight session.

In what was looking to be a relatively routine pole-position for Plato, Turkington and MG team mate Sam Tordoff ran the former double-champion tantalisingly close for the top honours with six-hundredths of a second covering the first three.

It was much same story behind the top three as three-quarters of the top ten looked to have had a genuine shot at claiming pole-position.

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Plato did set a storming initial marker with a 58.511 second lap, but that effort proved to be his best while others around him continued to improve.

Motorbase's Mat Jackson will line up for tomorrow's first race in fourth ahead of the conjoined BMR Volkwagen's of Aron Smith and Alain Menu, who occupy the third row.

The top seven-runners could only be separated by two-tenths of a second in an ultra close session as Speedworks' Tom Ingram joined the party in seventh.

Marc Hynes enjoyed another solid showing in eighth position as the MG man demoted Adam Morgan's Wix Racing Mercedes in the dying minutes to ninth.

Rob Austin managed to throw his Audi into the mix to complete a closely fought top ten.

Arguably the biggest scalp of the session appeared in the form of Laser Tool Racing's Aiden Moffat, who out qualified no less than four previous champions in 15th.

Moffat's joy was Honda's pain as a terrible day for the Japanese manufacturer has left Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal lying a stern in 16th, 17th and 18th.