Oliver Rowland will start this afternoon's race from pole position after a confident Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying at the Hungaroring.

The British driver secured his career second pole and Fortec Motorsport's third of the season with a dominant drive two months after the last round in Germany. The Racing Steps Foundation driver was pole sitter for race four of the season in Aragon.

Speaking after his pole lap, the 22-year-old acknowledged the pace of the Fortec as the F1 feeder series took on the twists and turns of an always full capacity Hungaroring.

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"It wasn't easy because you need a lot of down force on this track and you have to compromise," he explains. "I had to attack as much as I could".

The main title contenders Roberto Merhi and Carlos Sainz Jr start seventh and fourteenth respectively and with no mandatory pit stops on a Saturday, the duo will struggle to close the gap to the series rookie.

"I could have gone a little faster but it's a good result because Carlos and Roberto are behind me," he continues. "It's exactly what we needed."

This weekend Hungary is hosting the seventh round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a new-look 23 driver grid. Rowland, the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner up, is currently fourth in the championship standings 61 points behind the championship leader, Sainz Jr.