West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff has maintained his current rich vein off form after defeating BMW team mate Andy Priaulx to pole position for tomorrow's first British Touring Car Championship race at Croft.

The race three Oulton Park winner did spend the majority of the qualifying session in P2 behind Priaulx as the BMW's battled it out during the vast share of the running.

But with just over ten minutes of the session still to play, Audi's Rob Austin - out of nowhere - upset the apple-cart and jumped to the top of the timesheet's.

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Austin's glory, though, was short-lived as Priaulx immediately reestablished BMW's supremacy at the top. Just as the former triple World Touring Car champion went back to the forefront, Tordoff also improved to put himself in position to strike.

Both WSR 1 Series' continued to improve into the late 1 minute 23's but it was Tordoff who stole it by a tenth ahead of Priaulx.

It looked as though Rob Collard had also pulled off a remarkable BMW 1-2-3 after demoting Honda's Gordon Shedden with a last gasp flyer. That wasn't to be as Collard's time was taken away from after breaching the track limits.

Defending champion Colin Turkington kept his powder dry until when it mattered and carried the flag for Team BMR in fifth position.

At one point, the Volkswagen CC driver did briefly threaten for pole after setting the best first sector but was ultimately unable to challenge the dominance of his former WSR team.

The second factory Honda of Matt Neal narrowly trailed Turkington's CC in fifth ahead of Austin's A4. The Volkswagen, Honda and Audi could only be separated by eight-hundredths of a second.

Meanwhile, behind that cluster, the Mercedes A Class of Adam Morgan found himself in the middle of an all MG sandwich as Triple Eight's Jack Goff led Morgan and team mate Andrew Jordan to complete the top ten.

Series newcomer Nicolas Hamilton came through his first ever BTCC qualifying in 29th for AmD Tuning.com.