Tommy Bridewell feels his Tyco BMW behaves 'like night and day' after comparing his pace from Oulton Park to Snetterton but says the weather worked in his favour after grabbing fifth place in qualifying.

The Wiltshire rider notched up an impressive victory in race one at Oulton Park last time out but feels on the flatter Snetterton circuit his BMW loses its edge on the competition.

"I was expecting to come here after Oulton Park and our pace to be much stronger," Bridewell said. "Our settings were the same from Oulton but here it has been night and day. We are a million miles away from where we want to be.

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"The bike is exactly how it was from Oulton Park but that place is such a unique track which should be much harder to setup a bike for. Here is so flat. I really enjoy Snetterton but there is no character to it. It is just a flat track which is where we seem to be struggling."

Despite his disappointment Bridewell's Tyco BMW team was handed a small slice of fortune during qualifying when a sharp rain shower caused a shakeup and he worked his way to the middle of the second row, while his team-mate Michael Laverty grabbed sixth position.

However, Bridewell feels rather than finding gains in the uncertain conditions it had brought the pace of his rivals back down towards what he had been achieving during the free practice sessions.

"The conditions helped us," he explained. "I have a certain pace at the minute but that is not for pole position, as much as it grinds me to say it. There was no way I was going to bag in a 46s or 47s flat in qualifying.

"For the race tomorrow the pace should be around the flat 48s but at the minute we are doing them for four or five laps in a race of 16. You never know on Sunday I might come back with a double win then we'll all be happy! But realistically it is going to be hard work."