Sam Bird took his first Formula 3 Euro Series pole position on Saturday morning, ahead of this year's season opener at Hockenheim.
The Mucke Motorsport driver, who set the pace in Friday's free practice session as well, knocked Stefano Coletti off the top spot in the dying moments of qualifying to snatch pole by 0.044 seconds.
Coletti had looked good for pole after topping the timesheet several times during the session, including coming out on top of a head-to-head with championship favourite Jules Bianchi with five minutes to go.
In the end Coletti had to settle for second behind Bird, while Mika Maki was two tenths of a second back in third.
Series newcomer Roberto Merhi briefly got himself onto the front row as the majority of the field improved on their final laps, but the Manor Motorsport driver eventually finished the session in fourth.
Aside from briefly knocking Coletti off the top in their duel, Bianchi didn't really shine in qualifying and will start fifth alongside Basil Shaaban, who shot into the top six at the end as he set the fastest first-sector time of the session.
The fourth row of the grid for Saturday's first race of the season will be an all-Finnish affair, with Atte Mustonen seventh for F3-newcomer Motopark Academy, and Valtteri Bottas eighth for ART.Times to follow