Gordon Shedden secured a second consecutive pole position in some of the worst conditions imaginable for motor racing.
The session got underway in soaking wet conditions with Shedden setting the early pace and, despite rear wheel drive cars traditionally struggling in the wet conditions, the Subaru Levorg’s of Turkington and Plato found themselves towards the top of the time sheets.
With drivers struggling to improve on their early lap times, the rain continued to hammer down. Tom Ingram suffered a major setback after failing the ride-height test, meaning that all of his times to that point were deleted. He would eventually set a time good enough for sixth position.
Shortly after this, conditions were deemed to be too dangerous to continue and the session was halted for ten minutes.
Under slightly brighter skies, but still in the extreme wet conditions, the session restarted and Plato instantly found the gravel, although he was able to keep it rolling and recovered back to the track.
With very little improvement being made out on track, the West Surrey Racing BMW’s found themselves right down the order in P26,27 and 28 and this was made worse when water in the electronics forced them to pit.
After the system was fixed, and with just three minutes remaining, they returned to the track but could only manage an out lap. Sunday will be a testing day for the West Surrey Racing Team.
In the last few seconds, the times began to improve with Josh Cook securing an impressive third position behind Shedden and Matt Jackson in the Motorbase Ford.
As Team BMR continue their very public conversation about engine performance with TOCA, Plato and Colin Turkington managed to secure positions four and five on the grid.