Oliver Turvey took pole position for the second British F3 International Series race at Bucharest with a last lap effort that secured the top spot ahead of race one winner Brendon Hartley by just three thousandths of a second.
Row two for this afternoon's race will be headed by Jaime Alguersuari in front of John Martin, with the Hitech duo of Max Chilton and Walter Grubmuller filling row three. Newly crowned National Class champion Jay Bridger took his second pole of the weekend ahead of Hywel Lloyd and Steven Guerrero.
Once again the early pace was set by Sergio Perez, the T-Sport driver posting a 1min 15.521secs lap, just ahead of John Martin and Marcus Ericsson. However with just five minutes of the session run the red flags came out as Atte Mustonen clipped a barrier in the first chicane and slammed into the concrete wall on the exit. Mustonen climbed out of the car but his Double R run car would be requiring attention from his mechanics before this afternoon's race.
The session restarted once the track was cleared and the leading championship contenders stayed in the pits. Jay Bridger posted a 1min 16.282secs lap to stake a claim on the top spot in the National Class, 0.5 seconds ahead of race one winner Salman Al Khalifa.
Max Chilton went second fastest with twelve minutes of the session run but 30-seconds later he was pushed down to third as Marcus Ericsson went quickest with a 1min 15.348secs. The session suddenly became very busy as the rest of the field joined the track just as Sam Abay became the first driver to post a sub 1minute 14second lap to go to the top of the time sheets.
The times then started to tumble as first Chilton, then Turvey, followed by Grubmuller and then Chilton again all briefly went to the top of the timing board but it was Brendon Hartley on his second flying lap who looked to be on course for his second pole of the weekend. Oliver Turvey had other ideas and for next few minutes the two Carlin drivers swapped best times with Hartley still able to keep slightly ahead of Turvey.
Sam Abay's session came to an abrupt end when his Carlin Dallara hit the wall, damaging the left hand side wheels. The Australian was able to drive the car to a safe position at turn six and the session continued uninterrupted.
With six minutes remaining, Jaime Alguersuari went third quickest with a 1min 12.795secs as his Red Bull Junior team-mate improved his provisional pole time once again with a 1min 12.039secs. Sergio Perez's championship aspirations look to be slipping away as the Mexican continued to struggle down in twelfth place.
With five minutes of the session to go Brendon Hartley looked secure in the top spot when Steven Guerrero spun and hit the wall at turn ten, his T-Sport Dallara coming to rest in the middle of the circuit and bringing out the second red flag. The marshals quickly removed the car and with four minutes and thirty four seconds showing on the clock the cars came out for a last gasp attempt.
Alguersuari improved his time but stayed third as qualifying came to a close, with Walter Grubmuller improving his time to up a place ahead of Esteban Guerrieri to join his Hitech team-mate on the third row. However all eyes were on Oliver Turvey as his sector times flashed up on the screen indicating the Racing Steps Foundation driver was on a flyer. Turvey crossed the line to record a 1min 12.036secs lap as the chequered flag waved to end the session, putting the championship leader on pole position just 0.003 ahead of Hartley.