Honda's Gordon Shedden believes a tough challenge lies ahead for the Civic Type-R's, which both carry substantial success ballast at Thruxton.

Shedden and his Honda team mate Matt Neal both came agonisingly close in clinching pole-position during yesterday's qualifying session as Team BMR's Aron Smith snuck past the pair by the tightest of margins.

The two Civic Type-R's have been widely tipped for success at the high speed Hampshire circuit despite both Shedden and Neal carrying a near full complement of success ballast. Neal - from leading the point's race - is laden with a full 75 kilos but still qualified third.

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The 2012 champion will start today's first race from second on the grid with 57 kilos of success ballast onboard the Team Dynamics challenger.

"Front row with 57 kilos is good. It's hard out there but we've got to keep working at it and try to come up with a little bit more really," said Shedden.

"It's going to be a tough day but we'll try and do the best we can."

Heading into the races, the Scotsman is mindful of the fact that the differing weight and driver/car combinations will provide another unpredictable day of racing.

"We've just got to give it a go and see. I think it's going to be a tough one but we'll obviously try to score points as and when we can," Shedden continued.

"I hope we can challenge but we've got a lot of weight in the car, a lot of weight. We're going to be mindful of that to start with. It will ebb and flow a bit as the day goes on but hopefully we can get some good results."