Australian Matt Campbell took pole position in the Porsche Supercup after setting a blistering lap of 1.31.049 ahead of Italy’s Mattia Drudi.
Campbell who spent most of the session in the bottom half of the top ten recorded the fastest time with five minutes remaining to deny youngster Mattia Drudi his maiden pole. Campbell did go even faster but his time was erased due to track limits.
Championship leader Michael Ammermüller managed third, just two tenths behind Campbell while Britain’s Josh Webster conjured up a late improvement to join Ammermüller on the second row in P4.
Championship chasers Dennis Olsen and Dan Cammish both struggled to complete a clean lap and the duo finished a disappointing eighth and ninth.
Roar Lindland was fastest of the B drivers on his birthday to continue the Norwegian’s celebrations.
Pole sitter Campbell said: “Unfortunately, my best time was cut because of track limits, but my second quickest time was still enough for the pole position”.
18-year-old Mattia Drudi was ecstatic following a tremendous qualifying: “I’m really looking forward to second place. Together with my team we were able to use the free practice on Friday to find the right set-up for the weekend. I am very confident that I can confirm my performance in the race”.
Ammermüller’s championship rival Dennis Olsen was baffled by his lack of pace but remains optimistic for tomorrows race: “To be honest, I do not know what it’s all about. My team tuned the car perfectly, but my lap times are not fast enough. Now I need to find out where the problem lies. The Red Bull Ring offers very fast, but also very tight corners. This makes the course special and gives me good opportunities for the race.”