Michelisz on pole at Suzuka
Hungary's Norbert Michelisz has claimed pole position for Honda in their home World Touring Car Championship race at Suzuka on Saturday.
Michelisz made the front of the grid for only the second time in his career with a lap of 52.886 seconds in Qualifying 2 - one thousandth of a second slower than the lap record set by Alain Menu last year.
British pair Alex MacDowall and Tom Chilton will start behind Michelisz on Sunday, with Frenchman Yvan Muller, the world championship leader, starting in fourth.
Michelisz said: "I'm very happy because this is the most important event for Honda and pole means a lot for everybody involved in the programme.
"I am quite confident for tomorrow, because our car is better on the race distance than in qualifying."
MacDowall nudged in front of fellow Chevrolet driver Chilton in Q2 and the Carlisle driver is relishing the chance to claim a third podium of the season and make up ground in the race for the independents trophy.
MacDowall said: "We have worked very hard on the set-up with my engineer and the car has improved a lot since Friday's test.
"I am quite optimistic for tomorrow, because the car is also competitive over the race distance."