Although he was hoping for a dry race this afternoon, Troy Corser may now be wishing rain continues to fall at Brands Hatch after he emerged fastest in a damp warm-up at Brands Hatch.

Persistent rain and poor visibility greeted the riders as they filed onto circuit for the 20 minute session, and while sun did emerge in the latter stages, the weather is expected to play a major part in today's proceedings.

In the meantime, Corser came away fastest on the Yamaha Italia machine, half a second faster than series returnee Chris Walker. One of the last riders to set a time 'The Stalker' used the benefit of his experience to slide his way back up the order for the second best time.

It was a good session all round for the three British riders, with Tom Sykes continuing to show well whatever the conditions in fourth, just behind front row sitter Ryuichi Kiyonari, while Tristan Palmer was also gracing the top of the timesheets briefly before slipping to a more than respectable 12th fastest.

Elsewhere, Gregorio Lavilla made it a good session for Paul Bird Motorsport in fifth, ahead of Carlos Checa, Jakub Smrz, pole sitter Troy Bayliss and Karl Muggeridge, while Ayrton Badovini was an impressive tenth as the Kawasaki appears to be coming good in the tricky conditions.

Attention now turns to the skies for the remainder of the day and while sun is poking through the clouds, darker skies continue to surround the circuit.

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