Tom Dillmann secured his first pole of the 2015 season, beating newly-crowned champion Oliver Rowland in a wet and windy qualifying at the ninth round of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 championship at Jerez, Spain.

Not even a big lock up could stop the Frenchman from dominating much of the rain-affected session and he will line his Carlin up on the front row with Rowland second and two tenths behind. It marks Carlin's first pole position since returning to FR3.5 at the start of the year and the experienced racer will be looking to secure third in a five driver battle. His fastest lap time, a 1:28.621s, is one second down on the pole lap set by Will Stevens in the sun of Jerez last year.

One of Dillmann's main rivals, Monaco race winner, Jazeman Jaafar showed a promising return to form for third with Matthieu Vaxiviere - already confirmed as runner up - in fourth.

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Strakka Racing were seen taping the rear wing and making some last-minute adjustments to the car of two-time race winner, Tio Ellinas. The Cypriot was the last to produce a flying lap but recovered in style to greet the chequered flag fifth fastest with a fast-finishing Nyck de Vries sixth.

Gustav Malja makes it yet another rookie in the top ten with seventh fastest with Nicholas Latifi, Beitske Visser and Yu Kanamaru completing the top ten.

Meanwhile, after showing some encouraging pace at the helm of his DAMS Racing model, Dean Stoneman found himself in the gravel with three minutes left on the clock. Subsquently, his best lap time was deleted for causing a red flag and their second car will line up in 12th. Before leaving the track, the Briton had a good chance of securing a second row grid slot.

The session started late after the rain disrupted Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup running.The wet conditions continued, causing Alfonso Celis Jr to lose control and prompt a red flag half way through the qualifying. Although qualifying stopped for mere minutes, the Mexican's best time was deleted. As such, he settles for 18th fastest after showing encouraging pace at the helm of his AVF challenger.

Two-time race winner Egor Orudzhev originally qualified third but his best lap time was deleted as it was completed under yellow flag conditions. This has demoted the Russian rookie to 16th.

The race will start at 14:30 local time with rain once again expected to play a part in the result.