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Oliver Rowland snatched a seventh pole of the season in the final seconds of race two qualifying at the ninth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship from Jerez.
Rowland was third for much of the session but soared to the top spot after a last-minute flyer of 1m 45.903s secured him the prime grid slot with three seconds on the clock. Rowland will be looking for his back-to-back victories and his tenth win of 2015 when he lines up for this afternoon's race.
Race two qualifying truly reflected this year's headline rivalry, Matthieu Vaxiviere was not far behind the 2015 drivers champion, only one tenth-of-a-second distant for second.
Nick de Vries will hope to seal third in the championship standings with his lap ten effort, good enough to put him on the second row and fastest rookie of the half hour session. The McLaren junior remained calm despite an hour long delay to produce one his best qualifying positions of the season. Mere hours after his race one podium, fellow youngster and two time race winner, Egor Orudzhev was fourth fastest for Arden Motorsport.
The session looked like it would belong to Alfonso Celis Jr. who was the long-time leader. The Mexican driver has shown his best pace of the season thus far at the wet and windy Jerez circuit with a top three posting in practice. His 1:47.056 was enough to lead for more than half of the 30 minute qualifying. However, after his rivals pitted for new tyres, the AVF driver fell down the order for fifth place, becoming the third rookie inside the top five.
Meanwhile, Strakka Racing's Tio Ellinas and Nicholas Latifi - in the second Arden model - were sixth and seventh respectively, followed by Tom Dillmann.
The times were significantly slower and some way down on the 1:28.621s of Dillmann, enough for race one pole position in drier conditions yesterday. The Frenchman was unable to convert his front row grid slot into a long-awaited victory after a left rear puncture and slow pit stop curtailed his chances of standing on the podium for the third time this season. The 26-year-old was looking for redemption at the helm of his Carlin, ultimately qualifying in eighth place.
By the time Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup cars had finished their third qualifying of the weekend, track had been considerably dampened by the onslaught of rain prior to the session. This disrupted the running of Dean Stoneman in ninth and fellow FR3.5 newcomer Gustav Malja who was tenth. The Swede was the last to set a timed lap some seven minutes after his rivals.
Elsewhere, the Tech 1 duo of Aurelien Panis and Roy Nissany appeared to struggle for pace in the wet and finished down in 18th and 19th.