Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has given himself the best chance of reigniting his title challenge by securing his first pole position since Donington Park 2013 in close circumstances at Snetterton.
The Team Dynamics driver had admitted he headed into qualifying not really knowing what to expect after an engine change disrupted his practice running but Shedden completed a remarkable recovery, which saw him pip Subaru's Colin Turkington by just 0.015s.
Shedden set his pole position lap during his first set of qualifying runs and remained in that position as the flag fell after his nearest challengers failed to topple the leading Honda Civic Type-R's effort.
Turkington came perilously close but came just 0.015s short of the Honda. The former double champion's progress - like many- was hampered by traffic during his final roll of the dice.
WIX Racing's Adam Morgan backed up his promising practice form and heads the second row of the grid ahead of Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram in fourth.
Mat Jackson was the lone Motorbase Performance runner to carry for flag for Ford in fifth as his team mate Andrew Jordan was confined to the garage unable to set a time in 31st and last, thanks to an untimely power steering issue.
Power Maxed Racing's Hunter Abbott was another to impress and guided his Chevrolet Cruze into a career best sixth ahead of Aron Smith and Ashley Sutton, who were seventh and eighth.
Meanwhile, Matt Neal will start tomorrow's opening race from ninth while championship leader Sam Tordoff joins Neal on the fifth row in tenth.