MG Racing RCIB Insurance driver Ashley Sutton secured the second pole position of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship career with a stunning lap at Silverstone.
The top 22 cars were separated by less than a second in an extremely tight and tense qualifying session, which saw a number of the title contenders struggling to find ultimate performance.
Sutton's MG6 set the pace from the outset with the impressive young charger clocking his best time on only his fourth tour, with team-mate Josh Cook initially proving to be his closest challenger.
Tom Ingram was busy chasing his pole position hat-trick this season and the Speedworks Motorsport driver blasted his Toyota Avensis across the line mid-session, just 0.003s shy of Sutton's benchmark.
A late stoppage due to an off track excursion for Mark Howard's VW looked to have set up a five minute showdown, but track conditions were not at their optimum following the restart and no improvements were made at the top of the order.
Andrew Jordan's Pirtek Racing Ford was fourth ahead of Adam Morgan's WIX Racing Mercedes, with the latter having been in the top five during every session on the day. Jordan's Motorbase Performance stablemate Mat Jackson could only manage 21st on the grid.