Felipe Nasr took both pole positions on offer from the British Formula Three International Series qualifying session at Snetterton.

The Brazilian's lap of 1:39.147 was 0.339 seconds better than anyone else could manage around the new track. Both the fastest time – which sets the grid for race three – and second fastest time – came in the final five minutes of the half-hour session, Nasr taking a second bite at qualifying on a second set of Cooper tyres.

“I couldn't get it all together on my first set of tyres,” Nasr explained. “But I wasn't worried because I knew I would be quick on my second set. It will be key here to start from the front, so I am very pleased. Now I am looking forward to a perfect weekend.”

Nasr's late charge took both pole positions from Carlin teammate Kevin Magnussen, who will line up second in both races. The superlative nature of Nasr's fastest time is emphasized by the fact that the pole-sitter's second best lap was four tenths down on his best lap, and secured pole position for race one by only 0.024 seconds.

Rikki Christodoulou will line up third for the opening race for Hitech Racing, a rare incursion into the top places by a non-Carlin fielded driver as five of the team's six drivers took top seven starting slots for both races. Jack Harvey the odd one out in the session.

Lucas Foresti, who shone at Oulton Park last month had a troubled session and will start only 15th and 14th in the race that bookend the F3 weekend.

Bart Hylkema scored the Rookie Class pole for both races beating Japanese driver Kotaro Sakurai by over a second to take the place.