Sergey Afanasiev has taken his first pole position in Formula Two at Oschersleben, sealing the top spot in the final few minutes of the first qualifying session.

The Russian held off the challenge of Kazim Vasiliauskas to take the top spot, beating the Lithuanian by just over eight hundredths of a second. Vasiliauskas will start alongside Afanasiev on the front row of the grid for Saturday's race, equalling his best qualifying performance of the season. Italian Nicola de Marco will start third, ahead of Benjamin Bailly of Belgium.

Championship contender Dean Stoneman will start in fifth position, just ahead of three more British drivers, Will Bratt, Jack Clarke and series leader Jolyon Palmer. Palmer has a four point lead over Stoneman in the standings coming into the penultimate weekend of the season.

Philipp Eng was ninth, with Mihai Marinescu rounding out the top ten. Armaan Ebrahim, Kelvin Snoeks and Ivan Samarin, who filled positions 11 to 13, were all within a second of Afanasiev's pole time.

Series newcomer Johannes Theobold was pipped to 16th place by his elder brother Julian, despite having gone faster than him in the two free practice sessions on the Germans’ home circuit.