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Matthieu Vaxiviere rekindled his Friday practice pace to secure pole position for race two at the fourth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Vaxiviere held a marginal qualifying advantage of just 0.019s over yesterday's winner, rookie Egor Orudzhev, for his third pole position of the season. The Lotus junior dominated Friday practice only to miss out on a race one podium in Saturday's closely-fought thriller. Orudzhev – Arden's first winner since Antonio Felix da Costa in 2013 – repeated his race one qualifying performance to secure the final front row slot.
Meanwhile, Jazeman Jaafar led a competitive Fortec charge for third with Roberto Merhi separating the Malaysian from his team mate Oliver Rowland. Championship leader and race one pole-sitter Rowland will start race two from fifth place.
Gustav Malja – the long-time leader of qualifying – was forced to settle for sixth, falling half a second behind the pole-man after a tyre change. International Draco Racing's Pietro Fantin was seventh while returning racers Tio Ellinas and Tom Dillmann were eighth and ninth respectively. Dean Stoneman once again won the battle of the DAMS drivers to complete the top ten qualifiers in the Hungarian capital. His team mate Nyck de Vries sits a surprising 13th.
A red flag was summoned after Roy Nissany stopped on track thus leaving the Israeli driver unable to contest the remainder of qualifying and starting race two from the back of the grid.