Marvin Kirchhofer grabbed pole position for round seven of the GP3 Series at Hockenheim for ART Grand Prix.
In a thrilling session, where the top spot was in doubt until the very end, points leader Alex Lynn was toppled in the closing seconds by Kirchhofer's lap of 1m28.647s to ensure that German Grand Prix Saturday started well for the home fans.
Lynn's best effort was 1m28.706s, and he missed out on the points for pole by just 0.059 seconds in his Carlin machine.
Nick Yelloly will start third for Status GP as he continues to search for his first victory of 2014. Lynn's team-mate Emil Bernstorff qualified fourth to make it three Britons in the top four.
Lynn's title rival Jimmy Eriksson was fifth fastest for Koiranen GP, but was three tenths off the quickest time. Eriksson is carrying a five-place grid penalty after the Silverstone round.
Mitch Gilbert's second-ever GP3 qualifying session ended much more satisfactorily than his first at Silverstone, where he backflipped at high speed, and he qualified sixth, just ahead of Dino Zamparelli and Silverstone winner Richie Stanaway.
Matheo Tuscher and Dean Stoneman round out the top 10.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m28.647s 14 2. Alex Lynn Carlin 1m28.706s +0.059s 13 3. Nick Yelloly Status 1m28.749s +0.102s 12 4. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m28.910s +0.263s 15 5. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 1m28.949s +0.302s 14 6. Mitchell Gilbert Trident 1m28.995s +0.348s 13 7. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m29.133s +0.486s 13 8. Richie Stanaway Status 1m29.205s +0.558s 13 9. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer 1m29.212s +0.565s 13 10. Dean Stoneman Manor 1m29.247s +0.600s 13 11. Alex Fontana ART 1m29.329s +0.682s 14 12. Roman de Beer Trident 1m29.338s +0.691s 15 13. Robert Visoiu Arden 1m29.400s +0.753s 14 14. Jann Mardenborough Arden 1m29.405s +0.758s 13 15. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer 1m29.516s +0.869s 13 16. Alfonso Celis Status 1m29.531s +0.884s 11 17. Patric Niederhauser Arden 1m29.672s +1.025s 13 18. Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer 1m29.849s +1.202s 1? 19. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m29.870s +1.223s 15 20. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m29.951s +1.304s 12 21. Nelson Mason Hilmer 1m30.082s +1.435s 16 22. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m30.180s +1.533s 15 23. Patrick Kujala Manor 1m30.272s +1.625s 8 24. Adderly Fong Jenzer 1m30.646s +1.999s 13 25. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m30.977s +2.330s 14 26. Victor Carbone Trident 1m31.219s +2.572s 17 27. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 1m32.951s +4.304s 16