MW Arden's Daniil Kvyat has set himself up with the best possible opportunity to go into the lead of the GP3 Series championship after winning pole position in the Saturday morning qualifying session at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Kvyat, who will move up to F1 in 2014 as Daniel Ricciardo's replacement in the Scuderia Toro Rosso car, set a lap time of 1:55.473s to go a quarter of a second clear of Carlin's Nick Yelloly, while Kvyat's chief rival for the title Facu Regalia could only manage tenth spot on the grid in the ART after locking up on his final flying lap bid.

The bonus points for pole position mean that Kvyat is now only three points behind Regalia in the standings going into this afternoon's first 14-lap race, which will be held at 6.35pm local time (2.35pm GMT) making it the series' sole race weekend track session of the year to be held after dark under the floodlights.

Qualifying times

1. #6 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:55.473s 107.592mph (12 laps)
2. #8 Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:55.753s 107.331mph + 0.280s (11 laps)
3. #28 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:55.785s 107.301mph + 0.312s (13 laps)
4. #9 Alexander Sims Carlin 1:56.221s 106.899mph + 0.748s (12 laps)
5. #3 Jack Harvey ART 1:56.265s 106.858mph + 0.792s (11 laps)
6. #4 Carlos Sainz Jr. MW Arden 1:56.392s 106.742mph + 0.919s (12 laps)
7. #1 Conor Daly ART 1:56.442s 106.696mph + 0.969s (11 laps)
8. #11 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.487s 106.655mph + 1.014s (12 laps)
9. #27 Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:56.560s 106.588mph + 1.087s (12 laps)
10. #2 Facu Regalia ART 1:56.722s 106.440mph + 1.249s (11 laps)
11. #23 Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:56.730s 106.433mph + 1.257s (11 laps)
12. #14 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.928s 106.253mph + 1.455s (13 laps)
13. #17 Jimmy Eriksson Status GP 1:57.057s 106.136mph + 1.584s (12 laps)
14. #5 Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:57.095s 106.101mph + 1.622s (12 laps)
15. #16 Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.281s 105.933mph + 1.808s (12 laps)
16. #12 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.420s 105.808mph + 1.947s (11 laps)
17. #25 Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:57.445s 105.785mph + 1.972s (12 laps)
18. #26 Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:57.667s 105.585mph + 2.194s (11 laps)
19. #7 Luis S? Silva Carlin 1:57.967s 105.317mph + 2.494s (12 laps)
20. #24 Robert Creegan Trident 1:58.040s 105.252mph + 2.567s (12 laps)
21. #19 Josh Webster Status GP 1:58.115s 105.185mph + 2.642s (13 laps)
22. #18 Adderly Fong Status GP 1:58.328s 104.996mph + 2.855s (12 laps)
23. #10 Sam?n G?mez Jenzer Motorsport 1:58.522s 104.823mph + 3.049s (13 laps)
24. #21 Alice Powell Bamboo Engineering 1:58.553s 104.796mph + 3.080s (12 laps)
25. #15 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.804s 104.575mph + 3.331s (12 laps)
26. #22 Carmen Jord? Bamboo Engineering 1:59.400s 104.053mph + 3.927s (13 laps)

Total Laps: 310