Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson has translated his all-conquering Silverstone practice form into his second consecutive British Touring Car Championship pole position in a row.

As predicted, Jackson did indeed have more performance tucked up his sleeve after aborting his final run in FP2 and went 0.5's faster than his previous practice effort.

The Ford Focus ST driver's 58.078 second lap smashed the previous pole record - originally held by Jason Plato - by almost two-tenths.

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Championship leader Gordon Shedden enjoyed a fruitful afternoon behind the wheel of his Honda Civic Type-R and joins the Motorbase Performance driver on the front row of the grid despite running 75 kilos of success ballast.

While Jackson enjoyed a 0.2 advantage to Shedden in second, that size of gap proved to be an anomaly as the remainder of the top ten was barely covered by the same margin the Ford driver held on pole.

West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff defied the BMW 1 Series' apparent lack of straightline speed to produce a near phenomenal effort good enough for third.

Tordoff narrowly held MG's Andrew Jordan, Power Maxed Racing's Dave Newsham and Team BMR's Colin Turkington at bay for third spot.

Defending champion Turkington appeared to have elevated himself into third on a number of occasions but the Volkswagen CC driver agonisingly saw his time deleted, which left him sixth.

Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram was another to suffer from the infamous track limits ruling and had to settle for seventh ahead of Aron Smith and Jack Goff in eighth and ninth.

Title protagonist Plato was somewhat able to save his afternoon in tenth having spent most of the 30 minute session mired within the thick of the midfield runners.