Sam Tordoff topped an incredible qualifying session at Silverstone as the Motorbase driver claimed his first pole of the year in which there was a four way scrap at the top of the times and all the drivers involved were separated by just 0.078s.
Tordoff has the highest qualifying average over the entire field during the 2018 season and the Focus RS man will be hoping to have turned a corner and will be targeting wins during the weekend. Not far behind the Motorbase man, was Ricky Collard who put in an amazing performance in only his second BTCC race meeting to put himself on the front row.
The fight for third place was just as close, with Tom Chilton backing up the Ford's pace around the short national circuit at Silverstone, by beating Jack Goff to that third spot on the grid. Both drivers still have a mathematical chance at the title, so will be going all out to perform on Sunday.
Next up on the grid were the two former champions Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal who will line up fifth and sixth for the opening race, with Matt Simpson continuing to have a brilliant opening season by claiming seventh for the opening race of the weekend. Aiden Moffat, Adam Morgan and Brett Smith round out the top ten in what was a thrilling session for the spectators.
Elsewhere on the grid, the two title protagonists Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram will line up from 18th and 19th respectively and the two Subaru's of Sutton and Plato will line up 25th and 26th, with both cars suffering badly in a straight line at a circuit which is mainly a power circuit.
With the entire field separated by just 1.521s and the Silverstone National layout being such a short track on the BTCC calendar, we are sure to get some action packed racing and some key battles up and down the grid.