Gordon Shedden will start the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season from pole position after leading the way in a wet qualifying session at Thruxton.
The Honda driver posted a best time of 1min 24.061secs to knock team-mate Matt Neal
off provisional pole, and the duo looked set to lock-out the front row as conditions worsened.
However, when the rain stopped and the circuit conditions began to improve, Fabrizio Giovanardi
stormed into second place – showing no signs of rustiness despite only being confirmed in the second Triple Eight Vectra a day before the meeting.
Neal will therefore line up in third place ahead of Andy Jordan, who put the NGTC-powered Pirtek Racing Vectra on the second row of the grid, with Jason Plato
and Tom Chilton
rounding out the top six.
Mat Jackson was quickest BMW driver in seventh – despite collecting an advertising hoarding on the front of his car mid-way through the session – with Tom Onslow-Cole, debutant Phil Glew and Paul O'Neill rounding out the top ten.
Elsewhere, Alex MacDowall will start 15th after the time he had set early in the session – which put him inside the top six – was disallowed when the Chevrolet Cruze failed the right height test.
Shaun Hollamby made an encouraging start with his VW Golf, outqualifying both Matt Hamilton and John George.