West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx has come out on top of an enthralling incident packed British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Knockhill.

Priaulx claimed his second pole position since returning to the BTCC this season on a circuit where he took last success in the series back in 2002.

The triple World Touring Car champion entered the final phase of qualifying in second position behind the high flying Motorbase Performance of Mat Jackson, who sat on top with a 51.835 second lap when the red flag came out with three minutes to go.

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Matt Neal's costly spin into gravel trap at turn one - triggering the final of two red flags to hit the session - set up a frantic grandstand finish to the running.

Tordoff was the first of the WSR duo to displace the returning Ford of Jackson from the top of the pile after recovering from an early session scrape with the tyre barriers.

However, just when Tordoff's remarkable fight back looked complete, Priaulx produced an emphatic final last lap flyer to set-up an impressive WSR front row lockout.

Two races back into Motorbase Performance's comeback, Jackson was forced to settle for third but proved to be the only fly in WSR's ointment after denying the BMW squad the perfect 1-2-3 lockout.

Rob Collard came close to ousting Jackson but an off-track excursion towards the end of the session disrupted the BMW drivers last brace of laps, leaving him destined fourth.

Despite having dominated the earlier practice running, Honda's Gordon Shedden, surprisingly, could reach no higher than fifth position.

Ironically, when on a quick lap, Shedden's progress was scuppered when his team mate Neal's error brought out the red flag.

As a result, Shedden shares the third row with the Audi of Rob Austin in sixth while Neal still qualified in seventh, despite the triple champion's uncharacteristic error.

Triple Eight Racing's Andrew Jordan was the top MG runner in eighth ahead of the leading Team BMR Volkswagen of defending champion Colin Turkington in ninth.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan marginally got the better of home hero Aiden Moffatt in an all Mercedes duel for the final place in the top-ten order.

While Turkington managed to crack the top ten, his championship leading team mate Jason Plato endured a disastrous session in 22nd.

The 92-time race winner had already complained of a lack of front end grip prior to FP2 and was unable to set a time good enough to threaten the front runners.