Reigning British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington says he won't stop fighting to successfully defend his 2014 crown until it's mathematically impossible despite trailing Gordon Shedden at Brands Hatch.

The Team BMR driver remains in touching of distance of Honda's Shedden after qualifying directly behind the championship leader in fifth. But Turkington must overhaul a 32-point deficit to have any chance of retaining his crown.

Turkington said it was vital to put himself in the mix by qualifying within the top-five but wasn't surprised to find himself behind Shedden, despite the leading Civic Type-R carrying 75 kilos of ballast.

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"I'm pleased to be up there in the mix. It was a very tight session so it gives me a good chance to fight for tomorrow. So I'm pleased that's the first part of the job done," Turkington tolc Crash.net.

"I'm not at all surprised to see Shedden in front of us. I'm carrying a lot of weight myself and we know the Honda has been quick everywhere. There's very little in it but I'm never surprised because it's always the same suspects near the front.

"There's VW's at the front so I think we've put ourselves in a good position and it's all to play for tomorrow. We'll see how it goes."

Focussing on tomorrow's showdown, Turkington hopes the added overtaking opportunities, which the Grand Prix layout of the Kent circuit usually tends to offer, will give him an added lifeline to claw back some much needed points.

"For me, it's a long shot but I've still got to believe I can do it. There's point in coming in with any other mindset. I'm still focussed on doing the job until I can't. I'll give it my best shot," Turkington continued.

"Yeah there's a few opportunities to overtake around here, maybe more so than other circuits. It's a long way but I think you can find a way past if you need to."