Mat Jackson has given Motorbase Peformance their first ever British Touring Car Championship qualifying pole position after prevailing ahead of an enthralling multi-car fight for the top spot at Rockingham.

The 21-time race winner faced yet another nail-biting climax to qualifying after a red flag - which cost Jackson pole within the same scenario at Knockhill - once again threatened his position with three minutes of the session still to play.

With the session extended to a five-minute grandstand finish, Jackson, this time, survived the stoppage as his main rivals around the Ford Focus were all unable to improve on the times already set.

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All eyes were on Honda's Gordon Shedden as the Team Dynamics driver was the only runner in the top-ten to set a personal best on his last gasp flyer.

The Scotsman gave Jackson reason to worry when the Honda Civic Type-R came through the opening sector with the fastest split. But third was the best Shedden could muster behind Team BMR's Aron Smith in second.

Next up in fourth and fifth was the top MG of Jack Goff and Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram.

Goff and Ingram - accompanied by championship leader Jason Plato - had spent the opening part of the session trading blows at the top of the timesheets amid a relentless sequence of pole worthy laps.

That trio wound up fourth, fifth and sixth while Matt Neal - only a further 0.022's back - qualified his Honda into seventh position.

Just behind that close gaggle of cars, Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat posted one of the afternoon's most impressive efforts aboard the Mercedes A-Class.

Following on from his maiden BTCC podium at Knockhill, Moffat made a late charge up the order in eighth, beating Volkswagen's Colin Turkington and MG's Andrew Jordan in the process.