Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson has set himself the target of returning to the top step of the British Touring Car Championship podium after splitting the trio of BMW's in third at Knockhill.

The Ford Focus driver came close to clinching a remarkable third career pole during yesterday's dramatic incident packed qualifying and led the session right into the final minutes before a red-flag set up a grandstand finish.

West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx and Sam Tordoff both snatched pole away from Jackson amid an enthralling inter-team battle of their own.

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"We set the benchmark for them all to chase and to lose it at the last minute was massively frustrating," Jackson told crash.net.

"It was just going against us. But we're still in mix with P3. Obviously Knockhill is very good for RWD cars so to split the BMW's up the front is good. We've just got to see how it pans out during the race.

"They [BMW] will obviously be good over a race distance but I think we can be in the mix as well. We've just got to wait and see."

Jackson says lining up against the BMW's, for the first time since the championship organisers implemented the RWD start-line analysis, will be new territory for the Motorbase driver but believes a clean getaway can launch him 'into the mix.

"As we've said before, we're aiming for race wins. It's never easy as this championship is such a high series and it's moving forward all of the time. We need three very solid results and the win is very much the target. That's what we're aiming for," Jackson continued.

"We've got to see how the BMW's get off the line. We haven't been up against the RWD's off the line since their start-line analysis. So it's new territory for us. All I can do is focus on getting the best launch I can do off the line.

"If that's good enough we can throw it in the mix, if not, we'll be on the back foot."