West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard expects all three of the BMW 1 Series machines to be challenging upon the upper echelons of the British Touring Car Championship qualifying order at Croft.

The BMW's, apart from two exemplary practice showings from Speedwork Motorsport's Tom Ingram, look to be once again the class of the BTCC field around the Croft circuit.

Collard, who clarified he spent most of FP2 focusing on race set up, ended the second and final practice session in fifth position while Sam Tordoff and Andy Priaulx grabbed first and third.

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Croft has traditionally served as a happy hunting ground for the BMW's, a fact backed up by Colin Turkington's supreme pole position and double victory around the North Yorkshire circuit last season.

"Yeah the BMW is driving really well. Sam [Tordoff] and Andy [Priaulx] have been at the top of the timesheets in practice," Collard told crash.net.

"We've been concentrating on race set up and bits and pieces. I done a race run in FP2 but even so, we still set a good time so things are looking very positive for qualifying.

"The West Surrey Racing BMW has always gone very well round Croft. We seem to have a good set up which seems to work here, whether in a 3 Series or the 1 Series we have now."

Keen to recover lost ground in the title race, Collard says it's vital that he and his WSR team mates to maximise the potential they yield this weekend following his costly clash with Priaulx last time out at Oulton Park.

"We need to build on our pace and really capitalise on the points this weekend because myself and Andy [Priaulx] gave away very good points last time at Oulton Park," Collard continued.

"It was just a silly incident that happened. Andy didn't do it on purpose that's for sure. It's just frustrating when you're trying to build points and give a lot away, especially at one of our strongest tracks in Oulton Park.

"There's a good possibility we can grab a top three and I should think all three of the BMW's will be in the top-six.

"You don't know what other tyre strategies, boost and weight people are running. We've shown our hand quite early, there's no more in tank as far as I'm concerned," the 46 year old concluded.