Silverline Subaru BMR Racing's Colin Turkington sets himself the target of slashing the current points advantage West Surrey Racing has over him after qualifying at the sharp end for tomorrow's first British Touring Car race at Rockingham.
Turkington negotiated today's [Saturday] thunderstorm hit session to qualify a strong fifth, just behind his Subaru team mate Jason Plato, who qualified fourth.
The former double champion, sitting sixth in the drivers' standings, arrives into this weekend as Subaru's best hope of taking the title fight to championship leader Sam Tordoff, who endured a miserable session in 28th after all the BMWs suffered from an engine misfire in qualifying.
Turkington had held third for much of the session but tumbled down the order slightly as the conditions intensified throughout the 30-minute running.
"It was easily the most difficult session of the year so I'm pleased to qualify fifth. We're at the sharp end on the inside so it gives a good chance for tomorrow," Turkington told Crash.net.
"Obviously the higher up the better but the session could have turned out so different. Third would have been nice but the track was quite a bit wetter and my car wasn't exploring the same grip.
"Considering that's only the second time we've run in the wet that's really positive. I think our car is faster in the dry than it is in the wet so we've got our heads up for tomorrow whatever the conditions may be."
Recognising the opportunity that lays ahead of him tomorrow, Turkington is hopeful on capitalising upon BMWs misfortune to reduce the championship margin.
"If we can get on the podium at some stage tomorrow it will be a good day," Turkington continued.
"The goal is to reduce the point's gap to the BMWs and tomorrow will be a good opportunity to do that. We'll hopefully capitalise on their qualifying today and keep ourselves in with a chance."