Dutchman Renger van der Zande came out on top of the closest qualifying session of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series of the season at Snetterton to secure his second pole position of the year.
In a session that saw the top three drivers split by just 0.008 seconds, the Hitech man took his team's third straight pole position after edging out Carlin pairing Henry Arundel and Max Chilton. Points leader Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and little more than a tenth of a second away from top spot.
"I expected to be able to go quicker," said van der Zande, "but after I set that time the track conditions suddenly changed and that was it. But I am pleased, it was a good session for us and we have been on top all weekend so far."
van der Zande's Hitech partner Walter Grubmuller will start from fifth with Riki Christodoulou in sixth, while Daisuke Nakajima, Adriano Buzaid, Jay Bridger and Daniel McKenzie rounded out the top ten.
Tenth gave McKenzie the National Class pole, while ninth was also the best performance of the season to date for the current National Class title holder Jay Bridger at the wheel of his Mygale – now the lone Mygale on the grid after Nick Tandy called time on his British F3 campaign to focus on new commitments in the F3 Euroseries.
Carlin debutant Philip Major qualified in 14th place, while British F3 newcomer Aaron Steele will start 20th for his first race at the wheel of a second Litespeed SLC-Mugen Honda.