Augusto Farfus continued to dominate proceedings at Okayama after taking pole position for the penultimate rounds of the World Touring Car Championship in Japan.
Having led the way through testing and both practice sessions, the Brazilian stormed to pole around the former Grand Prix circuit, with BMW Team Germany partner Jorg Muller joining him on the front row of the grid.
Farfus jumped to pole position with his first flying lap of the 30 minute session and then set about improving his time, with a best lap of 1min 37.040secs two-tenths quicker than anyone else could manage.
“Despite the promising [practice] results we just couldn't be sure to be on top in qualifying as well,” he said. “Everything worked out perfectly, and now I'm happy. I'm also happy for the team, which deserves such a result after all the bad luck we suffered this season.
“Unfortunately I'm no longer involved in the fight for the drivers' title, but we will do our best to score as many points for BMW on Sunday, just to keep alive the theoretical chance of defending the manufacturers' crown. We don't know how it will go but we want to get as many points as we can for BMW.”
Muller left it late in the day to secure second on the grid but with only a matter of minutes remaining, he posted a time of 1min 37.267secs to take his place on the front row of the grid.
“Augusto was in a league of his own out there, and I had to work really hard to get second position,” he said. “I am very happy to be on the front row and it doesn't happen very often that team mates are alongside each other like this so it is great for the team.
“At BMW we are free to race; the only rule is not to knock each other off the track. The start will be the key for us as we must stay ahead of the rest.”