Double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato's resists Honda's Matt Neal to take his first pole position of the 2015 season at Oulton Park.

The Team BMR driver stamped his authority on the course of the session right from the opening exchanges when 1 minute 25.575 second lap pulverised the then provisional best held by MG's Andrew Jordan.

West Surrey's Andy Priaulx also joined the battle for pole-position by bringing his BMW to within two-tenths of Plato's Volkswagen.

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As the field engaged into their second run of hot laps, Plato, inevitably, went even quicker with a 1 minute 24.484 second lap. That effort proved pivotal as Honda's Neal also joined the equation with a lap that fell just 0.011's shy of the pole-man's time.

Plato's stint at the front did come under threat when his brakes scorched into fire when being pulled in for an obligatory ride height check. As it was, the Volkswagen was able to continue but the 90-time race winner was unable to put any more distance between himself and Neal.

Priaulx narrowly missed on a front row slot aboard the BMW 1 Series despite setting a purple middle sector during his final throw of the dice. The triple World Touring Car champion joined on the second row with Triple Eight's Jordan in fourth.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden made it two Civic Type-R's to reach the top-five when a late move saw the Scotsman improve to within five-tenths of Plato's time - a fine effort considering the weight both Honda's are running.

Joining the championship leader onto the third row of the grid is Team BMR's Colin Turkington in sixth ahead of Jack Goff in seventh.

The Triple Eight driver had to overcome obstacles of his own when his best time was taken away from due to a ride height infringement with only minutes of the session left.

Goff recovered to nudge his way past Mercedes' Adam Morgan, WSR's Sam Tordoff and Team BMR's Aron Smith by session end.