Reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington is convinced he can convert his first ever pole position for Team BMR into victory at Donington Park tomorrow after beating Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato in ferocious battle for the top spot.

Following free-practice, the destination of pole-position had almost looked to be a foregone conclusion after Turkington's BMR team mate Plato had ruthlessly dominated the weekend's running prior to qualifying.

Nevertheless, Turkington marginally resisted the fierce attack from Plato during the dying seconds of an epic qualifying battle while Honda's Shedden somehow squeezed between the pair to make the front row.

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"Yeah, I probably didn't think I'd be on pole position after free practice. I still wasn't that happy with the car after free practice," said Turkington.

"It just didn't feel suited to me. So the focus for qualifying was to try and tailor more to what I was after.

"I'm still progressing myself through the day to refine my technique. We didn't quite show our full potential in free practice, there was a decent chunk still left on the table.

"It's certainly very satisfying for me. To make the progress that I have through the day, to be fast in a new car - it's a moment that I'll enjoy. It's a big moment for me and the team."

Heading into race day [Sunday], Turkington sees no reason why the one-lap pace of his Volkswagen CC shouldn't also translate into a race winning challenge during tomorrow's three encounters.

"Going on what Jason and Aron did at Brands, I think so. My race pace wasn't great at Brands but we probably went a bit the wrong way on set up," the defending champion continued.

"I think if you're fast over one lap it's possible to make it last. I don't think we need to do anything too crazy on set up. A lot of the tyre management will come from the drivers. So that's my job tomorrow to manage it as best I can."

Finally, in pursuit of his first victory aboard the FWD Volkswagen CC, Turkington admits restraining his previous RWD habits, which took him to last year's title, is still an Achilles heel of his.

"It was hard at Brands because I was behind the BMW in the first couple of races and it was so easy to get sucked in what I used to do," said the Team BMR driver.

"That's the challenge for me and that's the challenge I took on coming to this team and this car. It's not easy done after driving for so long in one particular way to then completely swap it around in a matter of months, that's the challenge I accepted!"