Kevin Mirocha secured his maiden Formula 2 pole position in qualifying for the first race of the weekend in Hungary.
In a session where the top three were covered by a mere 0.125 seconds, the Pole just edged out championship challengers Markus Pommer and Matheo Tuscher to take the top spot.
After topping both the Friday practice sessions fourth place was all that Alex Fontana could manage, affected by a string of yellow flags around the circuit, with Mihai Marinescu in fifth place.
Dan McKenzie and Luciano Bacheta set identical laptimes on the way to sixth and seventh places respectively.
Bacheta can mathematically secure the title this weekend, but that will be a tall order from seventh on the grid, meaning the championship fight will most likely be decided at the final round in Monza at the end of September.
Christopher Zanella saved a set of new tyres for the race, which may help him progress forward from eighth place. Axcil Jefferies and Hector Hurst completed the top 10.
Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Kevin Mirocha 1m34.681s 2. Markus Pommer 1m34.708s + 0.027s 3. Matheo Tuscher 1m34.806s + 0.125s 4. Alex Fontana 1m34.931s + 0.250s 5. Mihai Marinescu 1m35.211s + 0.530s 6. Daniel McKenzie 1m35.296s + 0.615s 7. Luciano Bacheta 1m35.296s + 0.615s 8. Christopher Zanella 1m35.315s + 0.634s 9. Axcil Jefferies 1m35.587s + 0.906s 10. Hector Hurst 1m35.686s + 1.005s 11. David Zhu 1m35.688s + 1.007s 12. Dino Zamparelli 1m35.878s + 1.197s 13. Richard Gonda 1m35.987s + 1.306s 14. Maxim Snegirev 1m36.222s + 1.541s 15. Plamen Kralev 1m36.270s + 1.589s