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Fortec Motorsport's Oliver Rowland stormed to his fourth pole position of the season with a dominant performance at seventh round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship from the Nurburgring.

The championship leader led practice yesterday and continued this form for a two tenths-of-a-second lead over McLaren junior and DAMS racer Nyck de Vries.
The red flag was called with just one minute on the clock and the session did not restart, putting a hold to any further improvements from the young rookie. De Vries will be forced to start from fourth after implementing a two place grid drop for a collision in Silverstone last week.

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This promotes Silverstone race winner Tio Ellinas who also kept his recent momentum with Strakka Racing with Carlin's Tom Dillmann for another second row start.The Frenchman's position may be subject to change as he remains under investigation for causing a red flag. They will face a tough challenge from Matthieu Vaxiviere later today as the title contender attempts to make up ground on rival Rowland from his fifth place grid slot.

Jazeman Jaafar, at the helm of the second Fortec Motorsports model, will start race one from the Nurburgring from sixth place with Pietro Fantin seventh. Behind them, it will be a fight between rookies as Dean Stoneman, Roy Nissany and Gustav Malja complete the top ten qualifiers. All ten drivers exceeded Rowland's leading practice time, a 1m 41.916s, set yesterday.

Roberto Merhi, race two winner at the Nurburgring last year, has not returned to defend his crown after vacating his Pons Racing seat. The ever-improving Yu Kanamaru replaces the Spaniard this weekend and lines up 11th for race one.