Valentin Moineault continues his qualifying dominance by taking his third double pole of the year in front of the Spanish crowd in a session that saw the times disrupted by a red flag. The Frenchman finished qualifying at Navarra with a 1:45.667.
It was clear the drivers were determined to prove themselves at the start of a competitive session that would see the benchmark consistently drop as the tyres and the circuit warmed up.
The usual suspects made the first move to go fastest as Moineault and Gabriel Aubry topped the times early on. Aubry would continue to improve, but it was soon Simo Laaksonen who managed to beat the title favourites.
Laaksonen would keep his lead for a few laps, before Aubry took the initiative back with British driver, Louis Gachot moving into second. The top three would remain on top at the half way point of the session before the drivers came out for their second runs.
Sacha Fenestraz had been quick in the early part of the session, but fell back as the others improved. Despite this, he found some pace during the middle part of the session to go fastest before the red flag.
Like Fenestraz, Kami Laliberte had been on a run of laps and had worked his way up to third. Unfortunately, his chances were put on hold as a car went off track and got beached, ruining his run. He would eventually finish the session in fourth.
Moineault made the most of the restart to claim a double pole with Fenestraz being forced to settle for second in front of Aubry, who had lead the early part of the session.
Behind Laliberte was Julien Darras and Swedish driver, Reuben Kressner. While it was a poor session for the outside championship contender; Guiliano Alesi, who could only manage twelfth.