Reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington has denied Jason Plato pole position at Donington Park while Gordon Shedden grabs second for Honda after a colossal battle for the top spot.

Significantly, this is Turkington's first pole position for his new Team BMR squad after making the move to the FWD Volkswagen CC over the winter.

As expected, and following the practice formbook, it was Plato who made the first major move for pole-position as, with nine-minutes of the session played, the top-four all consisted of BMR Volkswagen's.

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While Plato and Turkington maintained their supremacy at the front of the field, Chevrolet's Josh Cook - to the delight of his Power Maxed Racing squad - sensationally announced his presence in the session and stormed into third position.
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MG's Andrew Jordan followed Cook in fourth just as the session was red flagged after WSR's Andy Priaulx stopped on the circuit after seemingly being struck down with a technical issue.

Inevitably, that then set-up an almighty battle during the final 16-minutes - creating numerous spins among spectacular saves as adhesion, inbetween Starkey's and the Old Hairpin, looked to be at a premium.

With seven minutes to go, though, Turkington finally revealed his hand and displaced his arch rival [Plato] to second despite the 2014-runner up's supreme practice form.

Plato - unable to respond to the question posed by Turkington - then squandered one of his final attempts after briefly running off the circuit on the exit of Starkey's.

That paved the way for the Civic Type-R of Shedden to squeeze into second behind the resurgent Turkington.

Crucially, Turkington and Shedden both set their laps with over 30 kilos of success ballast on board while Plato - due to his championship position - ran without any weight.

Somewhat overlooked outside of the top three, Adam Morgan qualified his Mercedes A-Class ahead of Triple Eight's Jordan, who completed the top-five in fifth.

Power Maxed Racing's Cook managed to maintain his impressive pace throughout the session and ended a very credible sixth ahead of the joint championship leader Matt Neal in seventh.

Despite West Surrey Racing's straight-line speed deficiencies, Sam Tordoff managed to wrestle his RWD 1 Series into eighth position, comfortably making him the top BMW qualifier of the session.

Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat made it two Mercedes to make it into the top-ten reckoning in ninth while Dave Newsham was the second of the Chevrolet Cruze's to reach the top-ten in tenth.