Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram will start tomorrow's first British Touring Car Championship race from pole position after beating Aiden Moffat and Matt Neal in an enthralling three-car battle at Thruxton.

Not once, but twice Ingram saw his lap-time deleted from the timesheets for exceeding track limits, having initially looked to have snuck under Andrew Jordan's existing pole position during his first attempt.

However, the Speedworks driver's third attempt finally stuck and Ingram displaced Honda's Matt Neal by exactly half-a-tenth during the first set of runs.

As the session progressed, the prospect of a straight fight between Ingram and Neal became ever more apparent.

Each of the pair continued to lower the benchmark, resulting in Ingram finally breaking Jordan's two-year pole position record. But, out of nowhere, Aiden Moffat made his presence felt and ended up spliting Ingram and Neal to slot into second.

While Moffat defied expectations to achieve a remarkable front-row start alongside the Toyota Avensis of Ingram, Neal's run to third was just as staggering - due to the 75 kilos of success ballast the championship leader was running.

Behind a barely separable top-three came the duo of Triple Eight Racing MG's led by Josh Cook ahead of Ashley Sutton. At one point MG looked capable of hitting the front but the leaders three stretched their advantage as the session reached its climax.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan was the second Mercedes A-Class to reach the top-ten ahead of Eurotech Racing's Jeff Smith in seventh.

Perhaps one of the major surprises of the session was Andrew Jordan only managing eighth aboard his Motorbase Ford Focus. The 2013 BTCC champion did feature early on but his charged faded as the clock clicked down.

Jordan's effort was good to remain ahead of BKR's Aron Smith and West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff, who completed the top-ten in ninth and tenth.