Tom Chilton stunned the British Touring Car Championship field by taking pole position for the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.
Chilton, who had not qualified higher than ninth all season, had laid down a marker by setting the pace in practice in his Arena Ford Focus.
He then continued his impressive form by lapping in 1m33.159s on only his second flying lap of the session, to take his first BTCC pole for two years. It was also the first time a Ford had qualified on a BTCC pole since the final round of the 2000 season.
There was some bad news for Arena as Chilton's teammate Tom Onslow-Cole failed three ride-height tests and had all his times deleted as a result, leaving him last on the grid.
Title contenders Jason Plato and Fabrizio Giovanardi qualified second and third in their RML Chevrolet and Vauxhall respectively. Each driver was within three hundredths of a second of the pole time.
Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan made it a Vauxhall lock-out from third to fifth, ahead of Plato's team-mate Mat Jackson.
Jonathan Adam was the best BMW driver in seventh for Motorbase Performance, one place ahead of his team-mate Rob Collard and two clear of Paul O'Neill's Tech-Speed Honda.
Things were not so good for series leader Colin Turkington. The WSR BMW driver could only manage 10th on the grid with his 45kg of success ballast on-board, giving himself a difficult task to score points in Sunday's opening race.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Tom Chilton Ford 1m33.159s 2. Jason Plato Chevrolet 1m33.180s +0.021 3. Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall 1m33.183s +0.024 4. Matt Neal Vauxhall 1m33.367s +0.208 5. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall 1m33.415s +0.256 6. Mat Jackson Chevrolet 1m33.618s +0.459 7. Jonathan Adam BMW 1m33.645s +0.486 8. Rob Collard BMW 1m33.731s +0.572 9. Paul O'Neill Honda 1m33.752s +0.59310. Colin Turkington BMW 1m33.805s +0.64611. Stephen Jelley BMW 1m33.855s +0.69612. Gordon Shedden SEAT 1m33.895s +0.73613. Johnny Herbert Honda 1m34.445s +1.28614. David Pinkney Honda 1m34.537s +1.37815. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 1m34.594s +1.43516. Anthony Reid BMW 1m34.813s +1.65417. Matthew Hamilton Honda 1m34.971s +1.81218. Martyn Bell Honda 1m35.497s +2.33819. John George Honda 1m36.346s +3.18720. Martin Johnson Vauxhall 1m36.868s +3.70921. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford no time