Subaru Team BMR's Colin Turkington believes qualifying 13th ahead of tomorrow's opening British Touring Car race is a fair representation of where the Levorg is but remains hopeful a top-ten result at Thruxton may be within his grasp.
For a third qualifying in succession, Turkington emerged from the 30-minute shootout as the top Subaru runner in 13th. Although this represents his lowest Saturday effort of the season, the double champion is confident the package is still moving forward, given the Levorg's current straight-line speed deficit.
"Thirteenth is representative of where we are after qualifying eleventh during the first two meetings of the year," Turkington told Crash.net. "We expected it to be a bit more difficult here with the long straights. All things considered it's probably where we expected to be.
"You always hope for more and it would be nice to get into the top-ten. Obviously it makes a bit easier for tomorrow but that's where we are. I'm feeling more confident in the car than I have been. The chassis is working well so we are moving forward."
Turkington began the day with the third quickest time during FP1 and managed to better that effort in qualifying but was unable to match the top-runners rate of progression.
Nevertheless, Turkington - mindful of how race day at Thruxton can pan out - remains optimistic of reaching the top-ten as others may falter.
"We just come out of the box quite quickly. Maybe everyone was still half asleep in FP1. I managed to go slightly quicker in qualifying than I managed in FP1 but obviously the pack moved forward," the Subaru driver continued.
"At the moment we're not in a position to make a big stride forward. I've got confidence in the chassis. The car is getting easier to drive.
"Tomorrow's always a race of attrition around here so if we play the long game we have a chance of finishing in the top-ten – that's ultimately the aim."