Thomas Preining dominated qualifying at the Hungaroring to claim pole position by over three tenths of a second.
Preining initially set the pace after his first run but was displaced early in the second half of qualifying by Julien Andlauer and Zaid Ashkanani, before claiming pole position with a scintillating lap late on.
Andlauer and Ashkanani’s efforts were good enough for second and third place.
The first runs of the session initially saw Tom Sharp set the pace with the majority of the field remaining in the pits in what was a tentative start to the session.
Gradually more drivers left the pits before Luxembourg’s Dylan Pereira went fastest, setting a 1:48.300 before being displaced by Italian Mattia Drudi, who bettered the Luxembourgian’s time by four tenths.
Drudi’s table topping time sparked the rest of the drivers to take to the track including Thomas Preining and current champion Michael Ammermüller.
It was Preining who got up to speed quickest with a blistering 1:47.400 on his first competitive lap, which ultimately put him fastest.
Ammermüller needed a handful of laps to get his tyres up to temperature and eventually posted a time good enough for second position. The German however was over three-tenths off the pace of what Preining had achieved earlier in the session.
Preining’s benchmark was proving hard to beat, with the top five all over two tenths off the pace.
The entire field return to the pits to switch to fresh rubber in preparation for their final runs in qualifying. Drivers had little over five minutes to perfect their laps and cement their starting position for tomorrow’s race.
Ashkanani agonisingly missed out on bettering Preining’s time before Andlauer beat the Austrian’s time with just over three minutes remaining.
Preining went even faster and regained top spot by over three tenths and became the first driver of the weekend to break into the 1:46’s, claiming his second pole position of the season.
Michael Ammermüller could only manage seventh in a hugely disappointing session but managed to creep ahead of championship rival Nick Yelloly with seconds remaining.
1) Thomas Preining – 1.46.786
2) Julien Andlauer – +0.319
3) Zaid Ashkanani – +0.619
4) Christopher Zoechling – +0.686
5) Jaap Van Lagen – +0.755