West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff admits his impressive run to P3 in yesterday's British Touring Car Championship qualifying came as an unexpected surprise but isn't holding much hope of reaching the podium.

Tordoff surged to third position on the grid behind runaway pole man Mat Jackson and championship leader Gordon Shedden despite his BMW 125i M Sport struggling with a lack of top-end speed around the power hungry Silverstone circuit.

The WSR driver said he was able to pick up a vital tow from the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan, which enabled Tordoff to bypass the majority of the top-ten after improving by a slender 0.050 margin.

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Tordoff believes utilising the slipstream effect around the 1.64 mile circuit boosted his performance by around 0.3's.

"I was not expecting that," Tordoff told crash.net "Really, really not expecting that. I think I've got Adam [Morgan] to thank for that one because the tow definitely helped. I knew what was possible when I picked up a tow from Jack [Goff] during my second run. The tow was worth three-tenths.

"We can't do that sort of speed on our own. I knew I had to do it on my third set of tyres and thankfully Adam played his part when I followed his tow. It actually wasn't my best lap, I was a 0.1's off in sector one but the difference the tow can make is fantastic."

Despite all the strengths the championship winning RWD BMW yields, the West Surrey Racing package tends to struggle around the engine dependent Silverstone circuit but Tordoff says starting from P3 has massively changed the complexion of his weekend.

"It's really changed the dynamic of the weekend now, massively. We're still really slow in a straight line and I need to get pulled along in the train but we can potentially look for a top-six finish in all three races," Tordoff continued.

"Whereas earlier on before qualifying I was thinking 'how are we going to get into the top-ten?'. Our race pace is good and there's a few people at the front carrying ballast, which will hurt them.

"I'm thinking if we just let the race come to us, stay out of trouble and you never know where we might end up."