ALL Japan Touring Car Series champion Steve Soper threatened never to return to Macau after a controversial final qualifying session yesterday for tomorrow's 24-lap Guia Race. Soper said the slower cars taking part in qualifying put him and all the other quicker drivers at serious risk. 'It was completely unacceptable . . . I've never seen anything like it in all my life. 'Some of the cars out there were going through the speed trap at 70, 80 and 90 km/h while we [the quicker cars] were doing over 200,' Soper said. His words were echoed by pole-sitter for the Guia Race, Julian Bailey in the Esso Toyota Team Toms Corona EXIVS. Bailey set a sizzling quick lap of two minutes, 31.71 seconds right at the end of the session. 'Qualifying had been a disaster up until then, there were some very slow cars out there,' he added. Soper said talks had been held with track officials in an effort to get the qualifying session split into two. 'We would have accepted 10 minutes out on the track by ourselves to set a quick lap,' he said. 'I expected to be given a chance and never really had one. I'm not saying I could have gone quicker than Julian but I know I could have done better myself,' he added. Clerk of the Course Derek Duggan said he was not convinced that the session was dangerous because of the presence of the slower 1600 cc cars. 'I understand the concern of the drivers in the quicker cars. We could not do anything about it this year but will look at making a provision for separate qualifying sessions if necessary in the Guia race next year.' As it was, Soper qualified second on the grid in his BMW Team Schnitzer 318is with a time of 2:32.45. Next quickest was Bailey's teammate, Kelvin Burt in the second Corona with a time of 2:32.60. Burt hit the wall on his first lap out with his second set of new tyres. 'I hit the wall exiting the corner, I was trying too hard and the tyres weren't warmed up,' he explained. Like the other drivers, Burt complained about the slower cars. 'The speed differential was unbelievable. On my quick lap I had to overtake two cars, one held me up quite considerably,' he added. Bad luck story of the qualifying session belonged to defending champion, Jo Winkelhock in the second BMW 318is. Second for most of the session behind Burt, he went out late in the session with a new set of tyres but blew his motor and had to settle for fourth place on the grid with a time of 2:33.64. Like Soper, Winkelhock was also critical of the organisers' decision not to split the qualifying session. 'I have had two bad accidents here in the past five years,' he said. Hong Kong's Charles Kwan in the third Schnitzer BMW qualified in seventh place with a time of 2:37.899.