Team Dynamics duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal have already braced themselves for a difficult British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Snetterton but both expect to pose more of a threat as the weekend progresses.

Shedden and Neal currently sit first and third in the drivers' championship with Team BMR's Jason Plato splitting the Honda pairing in second position.

The Scotsman - carrying the full 75 kilos and the heavier of the two Honda Civic Type-R's - is mindful of the impact the weight will have in qualifying on a 'stop/start' orientated circuit layout.

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"I'm looking forward to getting back into the BTCC groove. We have to make sure we keep the points ticking over and make the most of every opportunity," said Shedden.

"It's going to be tough for me in qualifying with 75kg of ballast on-board and with the stop-start nature of the circuit, but that will ebb-and-flow as the weekend goes on. Snetterton usually produces some good racing, and I'm confident we'll be in the mix."

Like Shedden, Neal has echoed the same concerns, but the former triple BTCC champion - carrying 18 kilos less success ballast than his team mate - is still confident they can challenge for podiums and victories at Norfolk circuit.

"I'm really excited about getting back into it and rolling our sleeves up again," Neal continued.

"I'm a big fan of Snetterton; I like the challenge posed by the new layout, and you need a good all-round car there - which is where the Civic Type R really scores.

"Both 'Flash' [Shedden] and I will be carrying a lot of weight in qualifying and race one, which will have an influence with it being such a long lap, but we'll be in the hunt somewhere, I'm sure. We go to Snetterton targeting podiums and wins - that's where we need to be."