West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx of launching a challenge at the front of the field ahead of today's three British Touring Car Championship races at Snetterton.

Priaulx qualified his BMW into sixth position during yesterday's 30 minute session, just two tenths away from the pole-sitting Team BMR Volkswagen CC of Colin Turkington.

The former triple World Touring Car champion felt a front-row grid slot was within reach but said he encountered traffic during both of his new tyre runs when trying to find a slipstream.

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"Its close, as you've said but I felt the car should be at the front and it is up the front. It could have been front row," Priaulx told crash.net. "I definitely had a solid feeling from the car but unfortunately I had a lot of traffic in the last sector on both of my new tyre runs.

"I was really looking for the slipstream because I knew I needed it but unfortunately everyone else around knew I was looking for tow and kept pulling over to avoid it."

Priaulx already confirmed himself as a potential contender for pole position after setting the quickest time during FP1 but believes that may have worked against him in qualifying.

"I think showing my pace in free practice was a good thing but it also goes against you because they all know that you're quick and don't want to give you the pole position tow," Priaulx continued.

"It was a tough session for me to find the rhythm through the traffic but I'm pretty happy anyway. There wasn't really any track evolution at all so it made it all very close."

Sitting ninth in the points standings, Priaulx feels he has nothing to lose while others around him might have to start thinking of the bigger championship picture.

Priaulx is still set to miss out the Rockingham round later on in the campaign due to his manufacturer commitments with BMW in the European Le Mans Series.

"The tyre's and the track are very consistent and the weather picked up, that was the only difference from this morning. That does have an effect on the track but overall we have a good balance and that should leave us in good shape for tomorrow," the BMW driver continued.

"We've got a great balance but we know we haven't got the ultimate top speed here. It's going to be hard to overtake. Let's see how the race evolves.

"It's going to kick off at the front and those guys have a championship to think of but I just care about winning races at the moment - let's see how they deal with that."