Matthieu Lagrive has secured his second World Supersport pole position in a row at Donington Park after timing his final lap well enough to snatch the advantage off Jonathan Rea.
With the final order largely determined by whoever could hook up a decent lap in the final few minutes, Lagrive did just that as he swept to the top of the timesheets with less then ten minutes remaining.
It very nearly ended badly for the Frenchman though after getting dramatically out of shape at the bottom of the Craner Curves, Lagrive lucky to catch it before he headed off to the pit-lane.
Rea will start second, although he could have been on pole position had he not come off worse in a 'race' with Barry Veneman, who was also eager to complete a quick lap. Rea was half a second up on the best time heading into the second sector but was baulked by Veneman and forced to abort.
Veneman, meanwhile, will start in third place on the best of the Suzukis, ahead of Joshua Brookes and long-time pace setter Didier Van Keymeulen, the Belgian an impressive fifth on the grid.
Russell Holland was sixth on the Althea Honda, ahead of Vesa Kallio, who ran as high as second before sliding off his Benjan Honda at Goddards.
Wild-card Hudson Kennaugh showed off his wet weather prowess to be eighth on the Raceways Yamaha, while Danilo Dell'Omo – who hasn't scored yet this year – was a superb ninth and Joan Lascorz rounded out the top ten. Championship leader Andrew Pitt, meanwhile, will start down in 15th.
Elsewhere, Chris Martin is a solid 14th on the grid ahead of fellow British wild-card Rob Frost in 19th. Graeme Gowland will start 31st.
Eugene Laverty, making his WSS debut this weekend, will start a disappointing 21st after almost destroying his bike with a heavy off at McLeans. Sending the bike end-over-end, Laverty was unhurt but now has a lot of work to do in the race.