Matthieu Vaxiviere returned to the front of the field by taking pole position for race one at Spa-Francorchamps, and in doing so gave SMP Racing their first pole since joining the Formula V8 3.5 series grid at the beginning of the season.
A number of drivers sat on top of the time sheets during the session, but ultimately it was Vaxiviere who ended up fastest with a time of 1m58.226s, 0.143s faster than fellow Frenchman Aurélien Panis of Arden Motorsport.
Times had tumbled following a mid-session interruption when Gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani crashed his Durango Racing Team machine at the Bus Stop chicane, causing a red flag, with Egor Orudzhev at the top of the times at that point.
When the session resumed, Orudzhev found himself unable to improve enough to continue at the top, ultimately finishing third in the second Arden entry, while Rene Binder confirmed his Friday pace, where he was fastest in the collective tests, with the fourth fastest time for Lotus.
Tom Dillmann will start fifth for AVF ahead of Renault Sport Academy driver Louis Deletraz of Fortec Motorsports, while Yu Kanamaru was seventh for Teo Martin Motorsport.
Roy Nissany will start eighth in the second of the Charouz-run Lotus cars, with Johnny Cecotto Jr ninth for RP Motorsport, while Alfonso Celis Jr completed the top ten for AVF.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Qualifying Times
|1||23||Matthieu Vaxiviere||FRA||SMP Racing||1m58.226s|
|2||8||Aurelien Panis||FRA||Arden Motorsport||1m58.369s|
|3||7||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Arden Motorsport||1m58.505s|
|6||1||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Fortec Motorsports||1m58.924s|
|7||25||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m59.047s|
|9||21||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||RP Motorsport||1m59.293s|
|10||15||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||AVF||1m59.601s|
|11||26||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||SMP Racing||1m59.642s|
|12||2||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||1m59.700s|
|13||22||Vitor Baptista||BRZ||RP Motorsport||1m59.929s|
|14||6||Beitske Visser||NED||Teo Martin Motorsport||2m00.398s|
|15||20||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Durango Racing Team||2m04.691s|