Mat Jackson says managing the rate of tyre degradation will be vital as the Motorbase Peformance driver plans to convert his Ford team's maiden British Touring Car Championship pole into victory at Rockingham.

The multiple BTCC winner guided Motorbase Peformance to their first ever qualifying success after coming out on top of an enthralling multi-car dice earlier on Saturday at the Northamptonshire circuit.

"Obviously to come away with the pole position is fantastic. Its part one of a two part job. Part two is the hard bit that matters," Jackson told crash.net "We need to come away from tomorrow hopefully with the first win but there's 30 other guys out there trying to do the same.

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"The car is in a very good place. The chassis feels good and the engine feels strong. We're also running without weight in the first race so we're in a good position as far as that goes.

"We've been together for a long time and we've had many attempts in trying to get on pole. To bring that home for David [Bartrum] is great. We just need to be mindful of what happens tomorrow."

Jackson had found himself in a similar position two-weeks ago at Knockhill but a last minute red flag scuppered his hopes and left in second.

The same almost happened today but Jackson managed to maintain his advantage despite the late red flag creating a dramatic climax to the 30 minute session.

"Yeah it was Knockhill relived. My engineer came over the radio and said it was a red flag with two minutes of time added," Jackson continued.

"I thought 'great, here we go again'. Luckily there's no track limits around here, so we're good for that as well!"

Ahead of tomorrow's three races, Jackson remains wary of the threat Team BMR will pose, which is led by Aron Smith in second position.

"Obviously the BMR car is going to be quick. They have a massive pool of data and they've got top drivers in the team, which are dragging them to the point where they are massively understanding that data," said Jackson.

"We're late into the championship this season so we haven't got that kind of knowledge but I think we're in a good place.

"There's huge degradation around Rockingham and it's going to be all about the drop-off. If the result was based upon lap time we'd be in the right place but it's not about that tomorrow. We've got to keep the car on for a race distance."