Thed Björk was the first driver to break the 1-minute barrier in the second free WTCR practice session of the weekend at Suzuka, finishing the session in third position, just below two tenths of a second from P1.
Heavy rain continued to fall throughout the session that was interrupted twice by cars going off track in the treacherous conditions.
Andy Priaulx was tenth fastest, 0.361 seconds from the top time, with Yvan Muller 16th and Yann Ehrlacher 21st.
Despite the tough conditions, 26 cars were covered within one second. Next up is the first qualifying session, starting at 13:00 local time/06:00 CEST.