Daniel Abt will start the ninth round of the GP3 Series at Hockenheim from pole position.
The German scored his first-ever GP3 pole with two laps good enough for the top spot in his Lotus-run machine, his eventual 1m31.961s coming on his last lap of the session, which coincided with a couple of yellow flags around the circuit. That lap was 0.23 seconds ahead of championship leader Mitch Evans (MW Arden), who ditched his final effort, despite setting the fastest sector one time, due to encountering a spinning Carmen Jorda at the Spitzkehre hairpin on his final lap.
That meant Evans lost the chance to increase his points lead by a further four points for pole, as Abt stole them with his top spot. The second Lotus entry of Conor Daly was third quickest, with practice pacesetter Tio Ellinas fourth fastest for Marussia Manor.
Title contender Aaro Vainio was only fifth fastest, and slowest of the Lotus entries, ahead of Carlin's Antonio Felix da Costa.
The driver with the most on his plate in the half-hour session was Dmitry Suranovich, who survived a high-flying moment on the exit of Turn 1 only for his Marussia Manor car to later suddenly judder to a halt in the pitlane exit, causing a late yellow flag at the first corner.
Series returnee Lewis Williamson could only manage 16th in his Status-run car, 1.3s off the pace.