Alvaro Parente put in a stunning lap in the bright conditions to take pole position ahead of the GP2 race at Spa-Franchorchamps this weekend.

The Ocean Racing Technology Driver was the only driver to lap under 1 minute 55 in the session that saw a red flag  after Davide Rigon beached himself at the Bus Stop. Championship leader Nico Hulkenberg could only manage third place as he was trumped my Lucas di Grassi after setting the early pace.

Di Grassi was happy with his performance today, “I think we did a good job today.” he said

“We led qualifying most of the time, but I had a problem with the exhaust towards the end of the session, which kept me from being able to improve my lap time further. I dropped to second, but we are very, very close. For tomorrow we will improve the car even more and will go for the win. It’s a special track and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”

Before the weekend Parente explained how he was looking forward to the weekend, “Spa is a circuit where driving is so pleasant. It is a also a track which requires rigorous driving and which is demanding for the car because it has very fast long curves and we reach high speeds. I am confident and can’t wait to start the action in Spa.”

Final Qualifing times

1. Alvaro Parente Ocean 1m 54.970s
2. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 1m 55.050s
3. Nico Hulkenberg ART 1m 55.102s
4. Diego Nunes iSport 1m 55.150s
5. Vitaly Petrov Addax 1m 55.152s
6. Karun Chandhok Ocean 1m 55.170s
7. Sergio Perez Arden 1m 55.210s
8. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1m 55.255s
9. Pastor Maldonado ART 1m 55.462s
10. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1m 55.482s
11. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 55.517s
12. Giedo van der Garde iSport 1m 55.560s
13. Javier Villa Super Nova 1m 55.785s
14. Davide Rigon Trident 1m 55.806s
15. Jérôme d’Ambrosio DAMS 1m 55.822s
16. Michael Herck DPR 1m 55.858s
17. Davide Valsecchi Addax 1m 55.928s
18. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m 56.061s
19. Alberto Valerio Piquet GP 1m 56.063s
20. Edoardo Mortara Arden 2m 56.285s
21. Stefano Coletti Durango 2m 56.634s
22. Ricardo Teixiera Trident 2m 57.688s
23. Nelson Panciatici Durango 2m 57.792s
24. Franck Perera DPR 2m 24.927s