Fabrizio Givanardi said he was happy with second on the grid for the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch after helping VX Racing to a lock-out of the front row.
The double champion ended the session just 0.020secs slower than team-mate Matt Neal as the factory Vauxhall squad saw off the expected challenge from the BMW runners, with Rob Collard and Colin Turkington sharing the second row of the grid.
Heading into the opening race of the year however, the Italian said he wouldn't be making any rash moves and was keen to stay out of trouble, with his main aim being to ensure the BMWs stay behind.
“We have a good car, we've been lapping quickly so I'm comfortable with our starting place,” he said. “We didn't need to go out for a third run [in qualifying] as we had the top two places; there was no point in destroying the tyres.
“I won't be looking to start the fight at the first corner tomorrow, it's only the first race and I'm happy with our performance and pace. We just need to make sure that the BMWs are not ahead of us by the first corner.”
Young team-mate Andrew Jordan wasn't far behind his more experienced partners, posting the fifth quickest time in the third Vectra.
“I'm very pleased,” he said. “I said I'd be pleased to be in the top six, so we've done one better than we'd hoped. We've also saved a new set of tyres as we didn't go for a third new tyre run, which although dropped us to fifth, and I would have preferred to be fourth, it does give us the inside line for Druids. I'm pleased to have got through today with some strong results as it will build the team's confidence in me and is a good start for our weekend.”