Team BMR's Aron Smith says his maiden BTCC pole-position was an important statement to the paddock as he chases victories at Thruxton today.

The three-time BTCC race winner saw off numerous challenges for pole-position in yesterday's incident packed qualifying session to make it two Team BMR poles in as many attempts aboard the ever improving Volkswagen CC.

Smith said not having achieved a BTCC pole up until yesterday's session was something that was always in the back of the Irishman's mind.

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The Team BMR driver has been a threat all season but a string of bad luck and technical errors has plagued much of his campaign thus far.

"It's been something that I've had in the back of my mind for so long that I needed to get my first ever pole. After FP2 I knew I'd have a fighting chance of getting pole," said Smith.

"I wanted to go out and prove to the world that I'm as quick as anyone in this paddock. Brands was a great weekend for me even though I got wiped out in race two. Donington we didn't even get out in qualifying because of a problem and it was the same story in race one.

"I think the pace is in the car and I think the pace is in me. I'm confident going into race day. I've done my race runs so I know where we are in terms of set-up."

Thruxton has traditionally been a strong circuit for the Volkswagen CC since its recent birth in the BTCC but the 25-year old has lauded Team BMR's further improvement on the 2015 pacesetting challenger.

"Significantly so, it's a big improvement from last season. I can actually trust the car and really push and wring its neck. It's nice to drive now and it suits my style. I'm in good position with this team and the car," Smith continued.

"Not particularly. I've done a race run with 16 laps so I know what the drop off is so we've tweaked the set up with that in mind. Because that's the thing, you need to change certain bits and adapt the driving style and then its fine. I'm not overly concerned; I won't be losing any sleep over it."