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Behind Turkington, teammate Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek Racing BMW slid off at Hawthorn to end his qualifying session, but despite losing his fastest time, an identical ‘second best’ time secured a third place on the grid.

Tom Oliphant continued the Team BMW domination with a 4th place on the grid – his best ever qualifying performance.

With Rory Butcher claiming 5th in his Cobra Sport AMD Honda Civic Type R and Jake Hill claiming 6th on the grid in the Trade Price Audi A3, qualifying proved to be a day to remember for many of the drivers in Cobra Seats.

The exception were the Halfords Yuasa Racing Hondas, with Dan Cammish and Matt Neal both struggling with set-up and traffic to qualify down in 12th and 13th respectively.

A downhearted Dan Cammish admitted going to bed thinking his ‘Championship chances were over.’

But 24 hours is a long time in the frenetic world of the BTCC championship, as Dan was about to find out!