Felix Porteiro secured pole position for the first World Series by Renault race at Valencia
Local driver Porteiro lapped the Spanish track in 1:20.989s to become the fourth different pole sitter in the four races so far this season.
Porteiro's Epsilon teammate and Championship leader Robert Kubica will start alongside him on the front row, after securing the fastest time in his session. It is the first time this season that one team has annexed the front row.
Frenchman Eric Salignon will line up third after securing the second fastest time in Porteiro's 'faster' session, just 0.226s off the Spaniard. American Colin Fleming will start fourth, after finishing 0.018s behind Kubica in the 'slower' session.
The World Series by Renault cars are split into two 15 minutes qualifying sessions to limit the problem of traffic ruining hot laps.
Because Porteiro posted a faster time than Kubica, the drivers in the Spaniard's session will start on the odd-numbered grid slots. The drivers in Kubica's slower session will start behind him on the even numbered grid slots.
Odd Number Qualifiers: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Felix Porteiro Epsilon 1:20.989 3. Eric Salignon Cram 1:21.215 + 0.226 5. Andreas Zuber Carlin 1:21.249 + 0.260 7. Adrian Valles Pons 1:21.298 + 0.309 9. Tristan Gommendy KTR 1:21.584 + 0.595 11. Patrick Pilet Jenzer 1:21.619 + 0.630 13. Daniel La Rosa Interwetten 1:21.665 + 0.676 15. Enrico Toccacelo Victory 1:21.892 + 0.903 17. Ryo Fukuda Saulnier 1:21.905 + 0.916 19. Christian Montanari Draco 1:22.113 + 1.124 21. Giorgio Mondini Eurointernational 1:22.392 + 1.403 23. Karun Chandhok RC 1:22.554 + 1.565 25. Frederik Vervisch GD 1:23.016 + 2.027 27. Raffaele Giammaria Dams 1:23.901 + 2.912 Even Number Qualifiers: Pos Driver Team Time 2. Robert Kubica Epsilon 1:21.036 4. Colin Fleming Jenzer 1:21.054 + 0.018 6. Will Power Carlin 1:21.104 + 0.068 8. Markus Winkelhock Draco 1:21.221 + 0.185 10. Simon Pagenaud Saulnier 1:21.352 + 0.316 12. Alx Danielsson Dams 1:21.375 + 0.339 14. Jaap Van Lagen KTR 1:21.465 + 0.429 16. Damien Pasini Cram 1:21.491 + 0.455 18. Milos Pavlovic GD 1:21.612 + 0.576 20. Tomas Kostka Victory 1:21.705 + 0.669 22. Celso Miguez Pons 1:21.794 + 0.758 24. Giovanni Tedeschi RC 1:22.446 + 1.410 26. Ivan Bellarosa Avelon 1:23.252 + 2.216 28. Mehdi Bennani Avelon 1:24.275 + 3.239
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