Anthony Reid dominated qualifying for the sixteenth round at Croft circuit with a strong lap at the start of the session and an even quicker lap at the midway point to head a qualifying session for the first time this season. The West Surrey Racing MG ZS driver, who is currently third in the championship, started from pole at the eleventh round after finishing tenth in round ten, but this was his first pole position for an opening round of a meeting where the grid is decided by a thirty-minute qualifying session.
Yvan Muller went fastest in his Vauxhall Astra Coupe at the start of the session but the Frenchman, who heads the championship from team-mate James Thompson by just four points, was soon overtaken by Reid with a lap that was one-tenth of a second faster. Muller and Reid were unable to improve on their next laps and they, like most other drivers, took the opportunity to make a mid-session pit stop. Matt Neal, driving a Honda Civic Type-R for Computeach Racing with Halfords, stayed out a little longer and moved up to third with two strong laps that were a quarter of a second slower than Reid.
Reid's teammate Colin Turkington had an unfortunate start to the session as the times for his first seven laps were disallowed for failing a ride-height test. A similar fate was suffered by Robert Collard of Collard Racing who had his first five laps removed from the times and eventually qualified down in seventeenth place.
Reid rejoined the circuit and was immediately on the pace as he improved his fastest time by a quarter of a second to go quickest with a 1m 25.494s lap. Neal also improved by a similar margin to stay in second with 1m 25.613s lap. Thompson put in his fastest lap of the session early in the second half to move up to fourth with a 1m 25.977s time. Neal improved on his time in his final laps to 1m 25.557s but remained in second place to allow Reid to take pole position by just 0.063 seconds.