Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden masterfully tames the biblical conditions at Rockingham to secure pole position amidst a dramatic incident strewn qualifying session.

The apocalyptic conditions - which not only drenched the circuit but covered the venue under near darkness, amidst constant flashes of lightning - meant the session was red flagged just over halfway through.

It was Honda's Shedden who led the times at that point of the session restarting and it was a position in which the Team Dynamics driver remained despite a flurry of improvements late in the shootout.

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Once the session restarted, the rain did begin to intensify once again but Shedden - among others - crucially managed improve upon his personal best deep into proceedings as the abating rainfall ensured for a grandstand finale.

Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson was another to reap the rewards of his position gained from the first half of the session and held onto second, joining the Honda Civic Type-R on the front row.

MG's Josh Cook rose to third in the dying stages after taking advantage of the improving conditions at the expense of Subaru's Jason Plato and Colin Turkington, who completed the top-five.

Ashley Sutton was the second of the two Triple Eight MG's to make the top-six in sixth while Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram narrowly got the better of Matt Neal for seventh as the flag fell.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan will start tomorrow's opening race from ninth ahead of Power Maxed Racing's Hunter Abbott in tenth.

In a complete reversal of fortunes, championship leader Sam Tordoff finds himself languishing in a lowly 28th. In what was a terrible session for West Surrey Racing, the trio of BMW's will line up 26th, 27th and 28th following an engine misfire, which plagued all three 1 Series machines.