Brendon Hartley has secured pole position for the penultimate race of the British Formula 3 International Series season at Donington Park.

The New Zealander heads into the final weekend of the year with a mathematical chance of winning this year's title, although the realistic battle is between his Carlin Motorsport team-mates Oliver Turvey and Jaime Alguersuari.

Breaking Marko Asmer's lap record in the process with his time of 1min 01.309secs, he will be joined on the front row by Alguersuari, while his arch rival Turvey secured third on the grid to ensure a Carlin 1-2-3.

Fourth quickest was Max Chilton, although the Brit will start down in 14th position by virtue of a ten-place grid penalty picked up last time out at Bucharest,

As such, the second row is completed by Nick Tandy, who put in a fine performance in the sole Mygale, the JTR team doing it alone with the French chassis after Ultimate Motorsport decided to withdraw a round early.

Sam Abay made it four Carlin's in the top five, just ahead of Dean Smith, the former Formula Renault UK front runner doing a superb job on his first attempt in the Fortec machine. His team-mate Marcus Ericsson starts directly behind in eighth, the pair split by the Hitech car of Walter Grubmuller.

Sergio Perez, the only other rider with a very outside chance of winning the title, will start ninth, while Atte Mustonen rounds out the top ten in the best of the Double R Racing machines.

Meanwhile, Henry Surtees marked his Formula 3 debut by claiming pole position in the National Class, claiming 12th overall, with new champion Jay Bridger just behind in 13th.