Michael Doyle saved the best to last at Brands Hatch with the strongest qualifying performance of his debut year in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The InTune Racing man had faced an uphill battle to even make the grid when the BTCC visited the Kent circuit for the opening rounds of the year as the team worked to fit the engine into his BTC-spec Honda Civic Type-R.

Having survived a difficult opening to the year, the team has since gone on to battle its way through the season and headed back to Brands buoyed by Doyle's best result of the year last time out at Silverstone.

The Scot was able to set solid times throughout Saturday practice ahead of the final rounds and qualified a solid 16th on the grid, only eight tenths of a second away from pole.

"I got held up by Hughes on my quickest lap which I think would have got me into the 49s," he said. "I'll just have to beat him in the races now! The car has been good and I'm just gutted that the season is now coming to an end. Considering the size of the team and our resources it is excellent to be within a second of pole.

"I want to pay tribute to the team and everyone who has supported us throughout the year. I couldn't done it without them all."

As for his hopes for race day, Doyle said he was looking high.

"A podium finish would be nice!" he said. "I've never had a season without any silverware, and I don't really want one now..."



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