British Touring Car Championship leader Gordon Shedden hails a near perfect qualifying run in second position to take advantage of a poor day at the office for his chief title rival Jason Plato, who qualified tenth.

The Team Dynamics driver joins runway pole man Mat Jackson on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's first race around the national configuration of the Grand Prix venue.

Shedden's blistering lap was all the more impressive considering the 2012 BTCC champion's Honda Civic Type-R carries 75 kilos of performance ballast.

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"Absolutely, that was the best I could do with that kind of ballast - it's fantastic," Shedden told crash.net. "The lap was pretty awesome and all of the planets kind of aligned in one place and I got a perfect run at it with a mega tow.

"The car was bouncing, jumping and leaping but it kept on going forward and I got a time out of it. Still, I'm under no illusions and round here and if I was 0.1 slower I would have been out of the top ten. It's going to be tough tomorrow.

Since the beginning of the NGTC era, Silverstone hasn't traditionally served as a happy hunting ground for the Honda cause and Shedden - benefiting from an increase in power outage from previous - believes he finally has the weapon to challenge.

"We worked hard together as a team. It was all going perfect. Matt [Neal] got a time taken away from him for track limits. When you think how many cars are within a blink of an eye, it shows how close it is," said Shedden.

"It's nice to come here and be in a position to race. For the last three years we've been coming here we've just been driving around and looking in our mirrors. It's going to be an exciting day tomorrow."

Nevertheless, Shedden admits Motorbase Ford will be hard to catch but hopes Jackson can pull the pair along to a front-row lockout for race two.

"I'd like Mat [Jackson] to be as quick as he can be and pull me around to a nice lap time for race two because we can't compete with what they've got," said Jackson.

"They [Motorbase] are going well and he isn't running any ballast, that's great but we're not competing against him in the championship. I hope he does a great job tomorrow and pulls me along with him!"