Eurotech Racing’s Andrew Jordan timed his dash for pole position to perfection as he took the fastest time at Thruxton with little over a minute to go, ahead of fellow Honda drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.
Jordan’s time of 1.16.527 was just under 0.3s faster than Honda Racing Team’s Shedden, with his team-mate Neal a further tenth back in third. It was also his second pole in two years at the Hampshire circuit.
Behind the trio of Civics came ballast-laden championship leader Jason Plato in the Triple Eight MG, ahead of his team-mate Sam Tordoff and Jordan’s team-mate Jeff Smith.
Tony Gilham Racing’s Tom Onslow-Cole continued his impressive practice form in seventh in his Volkswagen CC, with Frank Wrathall, Dave Newsham and Colin Turkington completing the top 10.
Turkington suffered a bizarre moment late on in the session, as his windscreen flew up after he spun at Allard. Jeff Smith also suffered a late off, with his car left in the hedge at Church.
Joe Girling was the best of the Jack Sears Trophy runners in 21st in his Finesse Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze, ahead of the JWT Performance Vauxhall Vectra of Lea Wood, and James Kaye’s AmD Tuning Volkswagen Golf.
Both Motorbase Performance Ford Focus cars struggled again, with Aron Smith in 12th and Mat Jackson 13th. And it was a qualifying disaster for the Rob Austin Racing squad, with Will Bratt in 18th and team principal Austin down in 25th in their Audi A4s.
The first of tomorrow’s races gets under way at 12:02 BST.