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Will Stevens produced a late flying lap during qualifying for race one, securing his maiden pole position at the ninth and final round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Jerez, Spain.

The Marussia test driver has struggled in qualifying this year at the helm of his Strakka Racing model but produced the fastest lap of the morning to start on pole, four one-hundreths-of-a-second faster than second placed Oliver Rowland.

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William Buller matched his best qualifying of the year for third despite a close shave in the escape road. The British racer, who is driving for Arden Motorsport, will be joined on the second row by an ever-improving Pietro Fantin.

Sergey Sirotkin was fifth in the second Fortec while long-time leader Marlon Stockinger settled for sixth. Arden's Pierre Gasly was the fastest of the title protagonist in seventh, three tenths slower than his team mate.

Friday pace setter Matthieu Vaxiviere will start race one from eighth place with Matias Laine and title contender Roberto Merhi completing the top ten.

Championship leader Carlos Sainz was fifteenth for DAMS after suffering from Crash.net understands was a bout of food poisoning overnight. The Spaniard will need to climb several positions during race one if he is to score the six points he needs to mathematically exclude his rivals from their chance of title glory this weekend.

Race one will start this afternoon with a British 1-2-3 lining up for the top honours.