Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden admits his surprise in securing his and Honda's first pole position in the series since Donington Park 2013 for the first race at Snetterton.

Shedden and Team Dynamics have made no secret of the fact that the Honda Civic Type-R has suffered with a lack of a straight-line speed in comparison to its competitors in recent races.

However, Shedden - despite requiring an engine change amid the practice running - put those issues to one side and narrowly defeated Subaru's Colin Turkington to pole to the tune of 0.015s.

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Unsurprisingly, Shedden hailed the balance of his Type-R as 'mega' despite only having one worthy shot at pole position.

"I wouldn't have put any of my money on being on pole. It's kind of come good so it's a nice surprise. It really hooked up for me. The first set of tyres were fantastic and off we went," Shedden told Crash.net.

"I got held on my first flyer with Michael Caine so I had to back out of it slightly but my second lap was fantastic. I also got held up on my second set of tyres, which screwed that set of tyres. I only got one proper go at it - thankfully I made that count.

"We hadn't put new tyres on the car in free practice and we had a few other dramas but that's the quickest we've been so far around here by a long way. The car was mega. You can't do the lap-time any other way."

While basking in the glory of his Saturday success, Shedden is under no illusions of the task in keep his front-running rivals behind him tomorrow.

"We are still slow in the speed traps. We were 4mph slower in the stats this morning, which is going to be brutal to race with tomorrow. We'll put our elbows out and see what happens," Shedden continued.

"We've just got to do the best that we can, get our elbows out and make the best of it. It's going to be tough with the TOCA engine cars around us with no weight. At that speed difference they'll just drive around the outside of us."