Reigning British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden says tenth position pretty much represented what his Honda was capable of during today's qualifying session at Silverstone.

The Team Dynamics driver crucially out-qualified championship leader Sam Tordoff, who endured a miserable session, by seven positions while his Honda Civic Type-R team mate Matt Neal qualified even higher in seventh.

Tordoff's qualifying was marred after the BMW driver suffered a minor collision with his West Surrey Racing team mate Rob Collard. Tordoff's pain turned out to be Honda's gain with both Neal and Shedden chasing the points leader in second and third in the standings.

"It looked like he [Tordoff] had a reasonably rough session even before [making contact with his team mate]. He must have locked all four of wheels going down to Maggots early in the session so I think he had quite a lot going on in that session," said Shedden.

"He'll have to work hard in race one but we've seen the true speed of that car at Rockingham."

Knowing how crucial optimising the slipstream can be around Silverstone, Shedden said there was pre-rehearsed Team Dynamics plan to initialise a tow.

"My lap was pretty good. You always say there's a little bit more in it but it actually kind of was what it was. The car didn't feel that bad, that's kind of what it's got at the minute," said Shedden.

"We went with the plan and stuck to it. If it's worth half-a-tenth, 0.3s or anything in between we'll take it rather than lose it around here. We don't have the luxury of not trying these things.

"If somebody says 'put your right boot on before your left boot and you'll go a tenth faster' you'll do it!

"Matt [Neal] did a great lap. He had a nice double tow from myself and Andrew Jordan. My lap was pretty good."

Having qualified around runners who aren't running as much success ballast, Shedden admits hitting the top-five isn't necessarily on his radar as the defending champion just aims to keep the points tally rolling.

"It's a strange thing to say but we're not racing the top-five at the minute because they're not running as much ballast as we are," Shedden explained.

"There's a lot of cars around us, which we've done a good job of out-qualifying, that can make things tough for us.

"We've seen how quickly a weekend can turn round. You can have terrible first race, squeeze back in the top-ten and pull a reverse grid pole, bugger off and score some good points. It's all going to twist and turn a bit before the seasons out.

"Anything we can do this weekend to close the gap will be positive."