Leon Camier overcame the threat from the 'guest' World Superbike Kawasakis to claim his sixth MCE British Superbike Championship pole position of the season at Brands Hatch.
The Airwaves Yamaha rider was in charge throughout the knockout session, topping both phases before posting the only lap time below 1min 27secs to take the pole spot.
Putting him in an ideal position to become the first ever 'triple' winner in BSB, Camier would also become the 'winningest' rider in the history of the series over a single season should he claim the spoils in all three races.
His efforts were enough to hold off the challenge from the factory Kawasaki pair of Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais, the Australian getting to within two tenths of Camier but being forced to settle for a spot alongside him.
Morais, meanwhile, recovered from a fall at Clearways during the opening knockout phase to comfortably make the top ten shootout, before proceeding to slot in behind team-mate Parkes in third with his final fastest lap.
Karl Harris rounded out the front row on the Hydrex Honda, ahead of Tommy Hill, the Suzuki rider just missing out on a spot at the head of the grid having also suffered a fall during the early stages of qualifying.
Just behind, James Ellison was sixth, the second Airwaves Yamaha rider doing a fine job having completed barely any laps on the run up to qualifying, ahead of fellow R1 rider Chris Walker on the Motorpoint/Henderson machine.
BSB debutant Karl Muggeridge was a solid eighth on the HM Plant Honda, the Australian just edging out Michael Rutter on the third Kawasaki to qualify inside the top ten, while Stuart Easton was the final shootout representative in tenth.
Earlier on, casualties of the second knockout phase included Steve Brogan, the second HM Plant Honda rider ending up a disappointing 14th having been a comfortable top ten contender during practice. The Superstock rider had been another to fall during Q1, at Druids, but had picked himself up to reach Q2. He was joined on the sidelines by Julien Da Costa, in 11th, Graeme Gowland in 12th and Ian Lowry in 18th.
The first of the weekend's three races takes place later today at 17.00GMT.