Oliver Rowland set the fastest time in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC qualifying at Most in the Czech Republic.
The Eurocup points leader headed the first of the two groups, beating NEC points leader Matt Parry to take top spot.
Oscar Tunjo set the pace in the second group, but could only manage a 1m31.146s compared to Rowland’s 1m31.121s.
Gustav Malja will line up alongside Parry on row two. His Josef Kaufmann team-mate Steijn Schothorst should have been heading row three next to Esteban Ocon but will start eighth after a grid penalty.
That promotes Dennis Olsen and Jack Aitken, both fourth in their group. Sam MacLeod and Andrea Pizzitola completed the top five in their respective sessions and will complete the top ten on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race.