Team Dynamics' Matt Neal is pinning his hopes on achieving a strong qualifying result at Oulton Park later this afternoon in order to bolster his championship credentials.

The triple BTCC champion has come through the opening two practice sessions in eighth and tenth after providing a best time almost seven-tenths shy of Team BMR Jason Plato's blistering benchmark.

Neal currently sits third in the early stages of what already looks set to be a titanic championship battle while his Team Dynamics team mate Gordon Shedden currently leads the charge, eight-points ahead of defending champion Colin Turkington.

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The Honda man had already predicted this weekend may prove tricky for the Type-R's due to the amount of the ballast both of the machines are carrying.

"Well the timing sheets look that way at the moment but we've still got a little bit up our sleeve," Neal told crash.net. "I don't think we're going to hassle Jason [Plato] just yet but hopefully we can get somewhere close to him."

Neal added that pushing the Type-R to the 'ragged edge' has meant both he and Shedden have so far been unable to string the perfect lap together in pursuit of the ultimate pace.

"You do need to qualify well around here. The problem is we're both on the absolute ragged edge with the cars. It's stringing a good lap together which is the tricky bit.

"I've done some pretty good sectors it's just trying to put everything together. You've got to be at the front to get a good lap time in race one and that's going to depict your races during two and three because of your grid position. It's all about qualifying. You've got to get there and stay there."