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WSR: Turkington on pole

WSR's Colin Turkington took his first ever BTCC pole today in the MG ZS under glorious blue skies at Brands Hatch. The WSR driver was on the pace throughout the qualifying session today and with his MG light on ballast at the track where historically it has always been strong, things look good for the young star tomorrow.

"That's great, that's the first pole," said a very happy Colin Turkington in the pits after his storming lap. "The MG does go quite well here - it's looking good. I hope I'll be smiling tomorrow too. I knew when i went through Paddock that the car felt sensational and I was onto a flyer!"

It had almost looked like being a formation grid Alan Gow could only dream about. As the qualifying session was nearing its end, Turkington was ahead of James Thompson, and team-mate Anthony Reid was right behind Thompson's team-mate Yvan Muller.

"I am very happy for Colin. He has been on the pace during the entire session. Anthony did a good job too, considering he was carrying ballast. It is going to be a action packed day with some very interesting pairs of rivals in the top ten of the grid" said a very upbeat Dick Bennetts, MD of WSR.

Muller and Reid's coming together in the second visit of the year to Brands in 2003 lead to fisticuffs in the parc ferme, whilst in the first 2003 visit to the track, Thompson robustly punted Turkington out of the way, meaning there's plenty of interesting history at the track between the two pairings.

So tomorrow should see an exciting first corner as Bentwood and Turkington enter Paddock Hill bend for the first time.

Talking of comings together, James Thompson and Matt Neal had some fender-bending action at Thruxton too, and Neal lines up right behind Thompson by posting the fourth quickest time. Behind Neal is the first SEAT, that of Rob Huff with the matt black Tom Chilton Honda next. Then in seventh place sit the potentially explosive duo of Muller and Reid, with Carl Breeze and Luke Hines completing the top ten.

Tomorrow sees three races in the series, and with a reverse top ten grid in the second, there's sure to be action all the way at Brands.

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