MG's Ashley Sutton has claimed his second career British Touring Car Championship pole position by the slimmest of margins ahead of Tom Ingram following a closely fought qualifying at Silverstone.

The Triple Eight Racing driver led the vast majority of the 30-minute shootout ahead of his MG6 GT team mate Josh Cook but the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Ingram came perilously close to spoiling Sutton's party.

While Ingram was able to split to the two MG's, the Speedworks driver missed out on snatching pole from Sutton by an agonising 0.003s.

A late red-flag arguably helped Sutton's cause as the vast majority of the leading runners struggled and failed to improve they're previous best efforts due to a lack of favourable track position.

Cook remained in third as the chequered flag fell while Motorbase Performance's Andrew Jordan joins the Triple Eight runner on the second row.

Following the script from FP2, WIX Racing's Adam Morgan completed the top-five ahead of Handy Motorsport's Rob Austin in sixth.

Of crucial significance to the championship fight, Honda's Matt Neal will start tomorrow's opening race nine places ahead of points leader Sam Tordoff after qualifying his Civic Type-R seventh on the grid.

Team Dynamics managed to turn around their questionable practice form with reigning champion Gordon Shedden also making the top-ten in tenth.

Power Maxed Racing's Hunter Abbott and Team BKR's Aron Smith split the factory Honda duo in eighth and ninth.