Japanese sensation Takuma Sato said the best was yet to come after clocking the second fastest time in yesterday's qualifying for this weekend's 48th Macau Formula Three Grand Prix. Reigning British Formula Three champion Sato was happy with his second place performance in his Dallara F301 Mugen-powered Honda behind Italian Paolo Montin, who claimed provisional pole position for Sunday's race on the 3.8 mile Guia circuit. Sato, who recently signed a two-year contract with Formula One Jordan-Honda, said he wasn't worried about not being able to claim top spot, saying tomorrow's final practice and qualifying were far more important. 'I'm pretty happy. Today is not really important as it is more like a test session. Tomorrow is the day that matters. It is good to be up there at the front of the field and I feel confident for tomorrow,' he said. 'I feel good about my chances and the car felt good. Times are obviously slower on the first day of practice and I am confident I will go faster tomorrow. I'm getting familiar with the circuit again,' said the 24-year-old Carlin Motorsport driver, who was just 0.332 seconds slower than Montin. Sato's teammate, Anthony Davidson, found the going tough on his Macau debut. He had earlier lost his front wing in a crash with Lei Kit Meng of Macau when he lost control of his car and crashed into the barriers. Montin headed the field after he fought off tough opposition to outpace Sato by three 10ths of a second - and put himself in strong contention for Sunday's race. Montin, who finished second in last year's race, really started to apply the pressure on Sato with 12 minutes of qualifying remaining when he got within 0.005 of a second of then quickest man Sato. The Japanese driver snatched back top spot, but Montin regained the advantage on his flying lap to eventually set a best time of two minutes, 13.214 seconds with less than two minutes of the session remaining. Montin, who drives for TOM's, said he was pleased with his performance in his Dallara F301 Toyota despite an incident-packed practice. 'At the beginning of the session, there was a lot of traffic out there and several crashes, which eventually caused a red flag to come out,' said Montin. 'Later on, I decided to stay on my used tyres as I think the track will improve tomorrow so I will be a lot quicker. We will be changing the suspension on the car for tomorrow because I touched the barriers at one point, but I am very happy with my performance today,' said the Italian. Frenchman Jonathan Cochet was right up there with the best after setting the third quickest time, while Portugual's Tiago Monteiro was fourth fastest. Japan's Toshihiro Kaneishi and Ryo Fukuda finished the session in sixth and seventh place, although Fukuda said he was only going 70 per cent of what he is capable of doing. 'I will be 100 per cent when final qualifying is under way. It was not necessary to take any risks today,' said Fukuda, who finished third last year. Qualifying was marred by several accidents, with Japan's Yuji Ide and Italy's Raffaele Gianmaria crashing on their first laps out, while Japanese pair Haruki Kurosawa and Sakon Yamamoto also hit the barriers. Meanwhile, Dutchman Duncan Huisman grabbed provisional pole position for Sunday's STDM Guia race after knocking Peugeot's Steve Soper for top spot with two minutes of qualifying remaining. Huisman stepped up the pressure after an easy morning free practice to outpace his rivals as the BMW 320is secured the top two spots in qualifying. Huisman, who clocked 2:39.826 for his fastest lap, said: 'It wasn't too bad. The session seemed to start well when I went quickest but after changing the set-up from this morning, I decided to go back to it because it was much better. 'The car was a lot more comfortable through Mandarin, where I hadn't been taking too many risks this morning, and although I had some oversteer in the final two corners of the lap, it was quite nice because I could use the throttle to drive the car through,' he added. Fellow Dutchman Tom Coronel secured the first two positions for BMW when he grabbed second spot, 0.796 seconds behind his Carly Motors BV teammate.