Gordon Shedden has secured his first pole position of the year - and Team Halfords first with the Honda Civic - after edging out Colin Turkington during qualifying for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

The Scot, who last took pole back at Donington Park in July last year, posted a best time of 1min 26.243secs in the closing stages of the session after a session long battle with Turkington's BMW and the SEAT Leon of Darren Turner - who eventually settled for third. As had been the case in both free practice sessions earlier in the day, the times at the top proved to be tight, with under a tenth of a second splitting the top three.

With the new Civic continuing to improve with every meeting, Matt Neal ensured both cars will start near the front as the defending champion posted the fourth quickest time while Fabrizio Giovanardi was the leading Vauxhall runner in fifth. The Italian had looked set to start well down the order however as he lay in 14th place before the team discovered an issue with the rear suspension of his Vectra that enabled the man currently second in the standings to jump up the times as the chequered flag flew.

Tom Onslow-Cole will start sixth in the second Team RAC BMW, with Mike Jordan leading the BTC-spec challenge in seventh in his Honda Integra and points leader Jason Plato rounding out the top eight. Mat Jackson and Eoin Murray complete the top ten, with Tom Chilton a disappointing eleventh in his Vectra - the youngster struggling with a mystery problem on the new car, which replaces the 'test' chassis he has used during the opening races of the season.

Of those to hit problems earlier in the day, Matt Allison was 13th and Jason Hughes 14th after both went into the gravel in second practice, while Simon Blanckley was 17th after taking a wheel arch of his Sibsport Honda Integra in the second practice session.

Thanks to a day of hard work by the Team AllAboutProperty.com crew, Martyn Bell was able to take to the track in his BMW 320i following an accident in the first practice session that left the car with badly damaged suspension only for a driveshaft issue to force Bell into the pits without setting a time. However, he was able to make it onto the circuit before the end of the session to post a time good enough for 22nd.



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