The final qualifying session of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship did not disappoint as the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent was bathed in autumn sunshine.
Brett Smith topped the pile with a time of 1.30.537, which was just 0.043s ahead of the Team Dynamics Honda of Dan Cammish, who had been quick all morning. The Honda theme continued as Matt Neal was third quickest, with Jack Goff and Daniel Lloyd rounding out the top five.
Filling the remaining top ten places were Senna Proctor, Sam Tordoff, Chris Smiley, Aiden Moffat and outgoing champion Ash Sutton, who had a huge off earlier in the day meaning his team has to rebuild an entire front end for his Subaru.
In terms of the championship challengers, Tom Chilton, Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram could only manage the 15th, 17th and 19th best times respectively which will make tomorrow's opening encounter very interesting. Jason Plato had an upturn in recent qualifying form by producing the 13th best time of the session,while Rob Austin will be hoping to finish the Alfa's debut season on a high and he will start tomorrow's first race from 14th.
So with the championship protagonists further down than where they would like to be, with drivers around them that would like to end the season on a high, it's going to be nip and tuck throughout the day and it will surely be an end to a BTCC season like no other.
Who will be crowned the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion in it's diamond year?