Defending British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington believes he was able to extract the maximum from his Volkswagen CC during today's qualifying session but concedes catching the BMW's will be a tall order at Croft.

Turkington was by far and away the strongest qualifier out of the four BMR drivers after qualifying his Volkswagen CC onto the third row in fifth position.

The double BTCC champion has taken victory on ten different occasions at Croft with eight of those wins coming during the last four of his previous race weekend's at the North Yorkshire circuit.

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"Yeah definitely maximised the performance of the car and improved the car through the day. We saved the rubber for qualifying," Turkington told

"It was a risky strategy because you put your tyres on for the first time in qualifying and you don't quite know the balance. The car was strong so we're well positioned for tomorrow.

"I have certain strengths around here that earn me some time in qualifying. But we got the car in the sweet spot. I've struggled a bit in the past two meetings to get the balance where I want it but today we got it there. I felt confident to get it to the limit."

Looking to regain the momentum in his title defence, Turkington says looking after the Dunlop rubber, rather than attacking from the get go, will prove to pivotal during tomorrow's three races.

"It's all about tyre management as it's such an abrasive track. If you go too fast too soon then you really suffer at the end of the race," Turkington continued.

"Potentially the car is very fast over the first few laps but it's up to you on whether you want to suffer with tyre degradation at the end.

"They [WSR] are going to be very hard to beat but its swings about. The BMW's are strong here but we'll be strong at other tracks."