Adrien Tambay topped qualifying at Mugello to become Auto GP's seventh polesitter in seven races.
Tambay's decision to use two sets of new tyres paid dividends as he posted a 1m33.469s to finish almost two tenths clear of practice pacesetter Samuele Buttarelli (TP Formula).
"I'm really happy of this pole position, especially because I went often very close to it in these two seasons, but this is the first time I actually manage to clinch it," Tambay said.
"Having a good start will be really important because there's a lot of room from the grid to the first braking area, and people could attack easily if I don't get off the line properly".
Tambay's Campos Racing team-mate Adam Carroll ensured a solid session for the team as he finished third fastest, less than four hundredths of a second down the road from Buttarelli.
Carroll will share the second row with Luca Filippi (Supernova), who once again finished ahead of his title rivals Kevin Ceccon (Ombra) and Sergei Afanasiev (DAMS).
Points leader Ceccon will start on the outside of the third row alongside Fabio Onidi (Lazarus), with his nearest points rival Afanasiev one place further back in seventh.
Fabrizio Crestani (Lazarus), Rio Haryanto (DAMS) and Giovanni Venturini (Griffitz Durango) completed the top ten.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Adrien Tambay Campos 1m33.469s 2. Samuele Buttarelli TP 1m33.634s + 0.165s 3. Adam Carroll Campos 1m33.673s + 0.204s 4. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m33.731s + 0.262s 5. Fabio Onidi Lazarus 1m33.911s + 0.442s 6. Kevin Ceccon Ombra 1m34.132s + 0.663s 7. Sergei Afanasiev DAMS 1m34.333s + 0.864s 8. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 1m34.362s + 0.893s 9. Rio Haryanto DAMS 1m34.416s + 0.947s 10. Giovanni Venturini Durango 1m35.385s + 1.916s 11. Pasquale di Sabatino TP 1m35.685s + 2.216s 12. Giuseppe Cipriani Durango 1m37.166s + 3.697s 13. Francesco Dracone Emmebi 1m37.198s + 3.729s 14. Kevin Ceccon Ombra 1m41.691s + 8.222s