Daniel Juncadella will start the 2012 Masters of Formula 3 from pole position after topping a dry second qualifying session at Zandvoort.
As was the case in second practice, the only other dry session at the Dutch track, Juncadella simply overwhelmed the rest of the field.
His overall best, a 1m31.783s, put him more than half a second clear at the top, with most of the gains coming in the final sector. At the death the Prema man, the only driver able to dip below the 1m32s mark, set another lap good enough for pole, underlining his control of the session.
Only Carlos Sainz Jr (Carlin) was able to upset Juncadella's charge, jumping to the top of the timesheets with five minutes to run.
While he had no answer to Juncadella's final burst, he did enough to secure a front-row berth alongside his compatriot.
Third went to Prema's Raffaele Marciello, who did just enough to shade out local man Hannes van Asseldonk (Fortec) and last year's victor Felix Rosenqvist (Mucke Motorsport).
The Swede will share the third row with team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, with Carlin's Will Buller and Prema's Sven Muller occupying the fourth.
Michael Lewis (Prema) and Alex Lynn (Fortec) meanwhile secured the fifth row, although both dropped down the order in the closing minutes.
Lewis had been fourth when Josh Webster's off at Turn 8 brought out the red flags and set up the final eight-minute shoot-out, while Lynn had been sixth.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 1m31.783s 2. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m32.312s + 0.529s 3. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m32.433s + 0.650s 4. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m32.533s + 0.750s 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m32.555s + 0.772s 6. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m32.629s + 0.846s 7. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW 1m32.698s + 0.915s 8. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 1m32.768s + 0.985s 9. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 1m32.779s + 0.996s 10. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m32.782s + 0.999s 11. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m32.878s + 1.095s 12. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m32.915s + 1.132s 13. Dennis van de Laar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m33.087s + 1.304s 14. Conor Daly Double R Dallara-Merc 1m33.963s + 2.180s 15. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Merc 1m34.026s + 2.243s 16. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m34.103s + 2.320s 17. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m34.125s + 2.342s 18. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 1m34.366s + 2.583s 19. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m35.562s + 3.779s 20. Josh Webster T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m36.550s + 4.767s