James Thompson will aim to make the most of the reverse grid rules in place in the World Touring Car Championship after qualifying down in 14th place for the latest rounds of the season at Pau.
Having been on the pace during the two wet free practice sessions, where he put the N.Technology Honda Accord Euro R fourth on the timesheets, Thompson ran well in the early stages of the qualifying session to lie in sixth place.
However, having run in sixth place early on in the session, Thompson then found himself unable to improve his time due to a series of yellow flags as the session went on and he will now line up on the seventh row for the firs race around the challenging street circuit.
"With our initial set-up, we were able to set sixth fastest in the earlier part of qualifying," he said. "Unfortunately, I had to slow down on what could have been an even better lap as there were yellow flags out.
"There are two races and that's what we have to focus on now. Top eight in race one is the target so that we can maximise on the reverse grid in race two."
Team manager Andrea Muller admitted that the team is currently lower on the times that planned but said it was important to remember that it is still early in the programme.
"On a wet track, during free practice, we were able to set fourth fastest with James," he said. "Unfortunately, things changed with dry weather conditions during qualifying. We are continuously learning how the car behaves and how to get the best out of it.
“Obviously, we are not where we would like to be but we are still at the beginning with this car."