Leon Camier has taken his first career British Superbike Championship pole position at Oulton Park after an audacious last gasp lap that prevented Stuart Easton from celebrating a similar feat.
Also a first pole position for the new GSE Racing prepared Airwaves Yamaha R1, Camier left it late to set his quickest lap, but his effort of 1min 35.657secs proved a comfortable three tenths clear of Easton on the Hydrex Honda.
Coming less than a month after Camier gave the bike a victorious debut at Brands Hatch, it could just as easily have been Easton celebrating a first BSB pole position after he pumped in a searing lap of 1min 35.976secs, one that Camier later admitted he didn't think he could beat.
Still, second position marks Easton's best-ever starting position and puts him ahead of team-mate and practice pace setter Karl Harris on the grid. The 'Bomber', who had topped all three practice sessions in the run up to qualifying, saw his chances unravel from Q2 when he suffered an off at Shell and was forced onto his spare bike for the top ten shootout.
However, while Harris would prove only marginally slower than Easton in third, he would be prevented from making a pole position charge when his clutch failed.
Following a slow start to the weekend, championship leader Sylvain Guintoli completed the front row on the Worx Crescent Suzuki, the Frenchman underlining his progress by proving just a tenth slower than Easton in fourth.
His late effort was enough to prevent Simon Andrews and MSS Colchester Kawasaki from landing a superb front row start after an outstanding performance that had him as high as third at one stage.
It was enough to out-qualify James Ellison on the second Airwaves Yamaha, as well as Glen Richards, who was a quiet seventh on the best of the HM Plant Hondas.
Having missed the Q1 cut at Brands Hatch whilst struggling with injury, Ian Lowry proved he is over the worst of his problems by placing eighth on the Relentless by TAS Suzuki, ahead of Chris Walker – who provided some joy on an otherwise dismal day for Rob Mac Racing – and Joshua Brookes, the Aussie marking his BSB qualifying debut with a thoroughly respectable top ten showing.