Sebastien Buemi became the first driver to get two pole positions in the 2016-17 Formula E season as he beat Jean-Eric Vergne by just six thousandths of a second.
The Swiss driver extended his gap at the top of the driver’s championship after setting the fastest time in both phases of qualifying.
Speaking afterwards he said he was relived to be on pole, “Last year was our worst qualifying position here, we had really no speed.
“We worked very hard to understand the situation and today I couldn’t not believe I had pole. It’s amazing, we already have a good part of the job done so we’ll see what we can do in the race.”
In another boost for his championship bid, his title rival will only line up in fourteenth as Lucas di Grassi failed to hook up a competitive lap.
Despite going out in the same group as Buemi he simply wasn’t as fast, and his team-mate Daniel Abt also struggled down in sixteenth.
Jose Maria Lopez was several tenths behind the front two in third place, and Oliver Turvey will join him on the second row.
Esteban Gutierrez couldn’t match his Techeetah team-mate Vergne, as a huge lock up in the super pole shootout caused him to go off down an escape road and abandon his lap.
Behind the top five were the Mahindra Racing cars of Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist.
Heidfeld left his lap late and missed out on the Super Pole Shootout by the narrowest of margins, but managed to just pip his team mate.
Robin Frijns put in a brilliant lap to grab eighth and put his MS Amlin Andretti team-mate in the shade, with Antonio Felix da Costa only able to go seventeenth fastest.
Similarly Mitch Evans managed to comfortably out qualify his Panasonic Jaguar Racing team-mate by going ninth fastest, with Adam Carroll lining up on the last row of the grid in nineteenth.
Nico Prost rounded off the top ten in qualifying as he continued to struggle to match the pace of his championship leading team-mate Buemi.
|1||Sebastien Buemi||SUI||Renault e.dams||1:02.319|
|3||Jose Maria Lopez||ARG||DS Virgin Racing||1:02.640|
|4||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NextEV TIO||1:02.910|
|6||Nick Heidfeld||GER||Mahindra Racing||1:02.611|
|7||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mahindra Racing||1:02.617|
|8||Robin Frijns||NED||MS Amlin Andretti||1:02.654|
|9||Mitch Evans||NZL||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:02.687|
|10||Nico Prost||FRA||Renault e.dams||1:02.748|
|11||Mike Conway||GBR||FF Dragon Racing||1:02.808|
|12||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRA||NextEV TIO||1:02.810|
|13||Jerome d'Ambrosio||BEL||FF Dragon Racing||1:02.814|
|14||Lucas di Grassi||BRA||Abt Schaeffler Audi||1:02.840|
|16||Daniel Abt||GER||Abt Schaeffler Audi||1:03.071|
|17||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||MS Amlin Andretti||1:03.268|
|18||Sam Bird||GBR||DS Virgin Racing||1:03.573|
|19||Adam Carroll||GBR||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:03.771|