Team BMR's Aron Smith says 2015 has been his best qualifying year in the British Touring Car Championship after delivering his fourth front row of the season at Rockingham.

The Volkswagen CC driver came close to claiming his second pole-position of the year when his 1 minute 22.137 effort fell just 0.050's short of Mat Jackson's blistering pole lap.

Smith out-qualified his ballast laden BMR team mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington, who both ended up fifth and ninth.

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"That's my fourth front-row of 2015. It's definitely been my best year in terms of qualifying performances so I'm really happy about that," Smith told

"I actually went faster than anticipated going into qualifying, which is a nice thing. I'm chuffed, we've just got to get our heads down for tomorrow and hopefully drive past that Ford Focus."

The Irishman felt pole-position was definitely within his grasp but a red flag with three minutes meant Smith was unable to maintain the optimum window of tyre temperature.

"Yeah, we just went out on our last set tyres and was gearing up for one absolute belter and the red flag came out," Smith continued.

"The problem with these tyres is that when you come in the heat just drops out of them by 10/15 degrees. But when you build the heat back up it goes up too much - rather to where it should be - and it's a big step."

Coming into today's three races, Smith currently sits eleventh in the championship following a campaign, which has been plagued with bad luck for 25-year old.

Smith says he's ready to play the team game as both Plato and Turkington stand with a very good chance of claiming the drivers' title while Team BMR lead the Teams' standings.

"At this stage we're in championship mode and I'm going to do my best to help Jason and Colin. We can work together and have a really strong weekend."

The Team BMR driver says his best chance of overhauling the Motorbase Performance Ford of Jackson will come within the Infield section of the circuit - citing tyre management will play a pivotal role.

"It will be difficult to pass the Ford in a straight line but it should be easier through the corners. It chews its tyres. That's the problem with that car, it has a lot of power and it hurts the tyres, particularly around here," said Smith.

"If we can use our head and stick with them at the start, we can overhaul them at the end of the race. When we get to the Infield the Volkswagen is absolute dynamite, the best thing I've ever driven around here."