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Race one podium finisher Roy Nissany charged to his maiden Formula V8 3.5 pole position at the fourth round of the championship from Paul Ricard, France.

The Israeli driver was consistent throughout the 30-minute qualifying session, becoming the only man to dip under the 1m 48s mark over the course of one lap.

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This marks Lotus' first pole position of the year after a successful season with runner-up Matthieu Vaxiviere in 2015.

Fastest over the first and third sector, Nissany was untouchable in the French heat with Egor Orudzhev - twice race winner this season - three tenths-of-a-second behind for the final front row slot.

Second in the championship standings, rookie Louis Deletraz was third for Fortec Motorsports and Matevos Isaakyan a series best fourth for a SMP Racing 2-4 in qualifying.

Meanwhile, Yu Kanamaru convincingly won the inter-team battle at Teo Martin Motorsport for fifth, with Arden Motorsport's Aurelien Panis sixth and Rene Binder seventh in the second Lotus challenger.

The AVF duo of Alfonso Celis Jr and championship leader Tom Dillmann will have to work hard to catch their rivals after qualifying in eighth and ninth respectively with Matthieu Vaxiviere - currently enduring mixed fortunes in 2016 - completing the top ten qualifiers.

Vaxiviere returned to the track with a point to prove after a disappointing first race in which the pole sitter settled for fifth.

FV8 is supporting the Blancpain Endurance Championship this weekend where three French drivers - Vaxiviere, Panis and championship leader Dillmann - are competing at their home round this weekend.

Sunday afternoon's FV8 race will begin at 15:10 CET.