West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff has admitted he was surprised by the time gap himself and BMW team mate Andy Priaulx enjoyed over Honda's Gordon Shedden in third position at Croft.

Tordoff stormed to his first ever pole position in WSR BMW colours after beating his three-time world champion team mate Priaulx in a straight fight for the top spot.

The former Triple Eight MG driver came into the Croft weekend already riding the crest of a wave having taken his first victory for BMW last time out at Oulton Park.

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Nevertheless, Tordoff said the weight of Colin Turkington's well documented previous exploits in the BMW 1 Series around Croft, coupled with the expectation following his maiden win, created a certain degree of pressure heading into qualifying.

"We came off the back of a really good win at Oulton Park, which built the confidence coming here to my home circuit," Tordoff told crash.net.

"I knew it would be good as it's always been a BMW friendly circuit but at the same you think, was it Colin? That adds the pressure and expectation. Everyone was looking at us to get the front row so the pressure was on."

The 26-year old - carrying 27 kilos of success ballast - said he half expected Priaulx to steal pole from him, who enjoyed the luxury of running without the weight penalty.

"I've not quite studied the timesheets yet but I understand Andy and myself were quite a way ahead. I didn't think it would be that much because after the second runs, we were only two tenths ahead," Tordoff continued.

"I expected it to be a lot closer and I wasn't sure if Andy was going to pip me at the end. He's got no ballast and I've got 27 kilos, every little helps as they say! It makes it all the more sweeter to take it off him."

Finally, Tordoff is convinced the BMW's race pace should be just as good as it was in qualifying. The WSR man says the RWD 1 Series should prove to be kinder on tyres in comparison to it's FWD counterparts.

"I think our race pace is good. At the start of qualifying I didn't have three sets of tyres so I used a used set and was P2 from that. That proves we've got good race pace," the BMW driver explained.

"I know how soul destroying it is when the front tyre's go around here, which is essentially at the end of lap one. I'm happy that whilst I may be struggling, the RWD will struggle a lot less."