Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Louis Deletraz claimed pole position for the first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race at the Nurburgring.
Despite him running in the earlier Group A, points leader Deletraz’s benchmark proved good enough to ensure he kept pole even when Group B runners finished their session.
The Swiss driver had lapped four tenths clear of Jake Hughes in the first 15-minute session and improvement subsequently became impossible due to a shunt for Anthoine Hubert.
The Tech 1 driver, on a flying lap with three and a half minutes to go, experienced a right-rear failure on the straight between Ford-Kurve and Dunlop-Kehre and was sent into the barriers.
He emerged unhurt and the session concluded with Deletraz heading Hughes and Ignazio D’Agosto.
Matevos Isaakyan was fourth-fastest, with Fortec wildcard Jehan Daruvala taking fifth place.
After a lengthy delay for barrier repairs, session two commenced and saw Jack Aitken, Ben Barnicoat, Kevin Jorg and Ukyo Sasahara contest the top spot for four different teams.
Aitken eventually prevailed, but his lap came up just a tenth short of giving him pole position.
Sasahara will start the race fourth, with Barnicoat lining up in sixth, Jorg taking eight and Simon Gachet making up the top ten.