Adam Carroll completed a qualifying double for title-chasing Team Ireland with pole position for the feature race at Brands Hatch this weekend.
The Irish car was second to title rival Switzerland in the first part of feature race qualifying, as Neel Jani gambled on using new tires and power boost earlier than his rivals.
However, when Carroll used his power boost in the final part of qualifying, he blitzed Jani's time, as well as that of Clivio Piccione, who had briefly put Monaco on pole.
"We had a difficult morning today, so we just had to have faith in the new tyres," said Carroll. "This is a great start to the weekend."
Piccione will start from the front row alongside Carroll, while Jeroen Bleekemolen couldn't repeat his practice form and had to settle for third place.
Jani, who ended his day in the gravel at Druids after an off at the start of his final flying lap, will start fourth, while France and New Zealand will share the third row.
Behind the top six, John Martin put Australia up to seventh with a late charge, while China took eighth with Franky Cheng, ahead of title outsider Filipe Albuquerque in the Portuguese car.