A surprised Dave Newsham excelled once more in qualifying to suggest the NGTC cars may not have it all their own way at Snetterton.

The Brands Hatch polesitter was just 0.054s off another Saturday stunner but is more than happy to be lining up for race one third on the grid.

The Scot is revelling in his role as the lead S2000 runner and despite his fears the NGTC motors would be uncatchable after the summer break the ES Racing man is not ruling out the chance of upsetting the apple cart tomorrow.

Even a damaged radiator ending his session early in morning practice could not deter him, with a strong showing practice giving him confidence heading into the thirty-minute qualifying session.

“I thought top six would be okay”, he told theCheckeredFlag.co.uk. “I knew we could into the 1m57s but I didn’t know we’d go that quick. You just never know how everyone else is doing.”

The team found a problem with the former-Triple Eight Vauxhall Vectra’s shock absorbers after the last round, but even so Newsham was not expecting to enjoy such a competitive time of things in Norfolk.

And he is eager to make the most of his extra shot at a victory he thought had slipped through his fingers following the recent stranglehold of the Hondas and the MG.

“I’m surprised we’re as quick as we are in comparison with the NGTCs,” he admitted. “But we’ve also got really good race pace – we did a long run this morning and were setting times nobody else could match for some reason.

“I’ll try and get off the line clean and then see where we are. Attack early, and if we’ve got good pace I’m going for the win, we just have to see how we get on.”