Esteban Guerrieri secured his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship pole position ahead of the season finale at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
The Argentinian driver produced a superb lap in the second, Q2, part of qualifying and then resisted extreme pressure to claim the top spot for the Main Race in the single-lap Q3 by over three tenths of a second.
It was the fifth pole of the season for Honda, making the Civic WTCC the most successful car in qualifying during the 2017 season. Esteban will start the reversed-grid Opening Race from 10th.
Team-mate Norbert Michelisz, who arrived in Qatar second in the Drivers’ Championship and just 6.5 points away from the series lead, continued his table-topping practice form by setting the pace in Q1.
Unfortunately for the Hungarian, he suffered a braking issue during Q2, which forced him to back off on his first flying lap.
Without time to repair the issue in the five minutes that remained of the session, he was limited to 11th place on the starting grid for both races and is now 8.5 points behind in the Drivers’ Championship with 55 up for grabs.
After setting an encouraging seventh-fastest time in FP2 on Thursday night, Ryo Michigami was hopeful of a repeat performance in qualifying.
Unfortunately for the Japanese driver, he suffered a half-spin early on, limiting his time on track and restricting him to 13th place on the grid for both races.
Following qualifying, the final MAC3 session of 2017 took place. Esteban, Norbert and Ryo came second meaning Honda are now 16.5 points away from the Manufacturers’ Championship lead with 96 still available in Friday night’s two races.