In provisional qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Atlantic Championship points leader Jonathan Bomarito managed to extend his lead and guarantee himself a front row starting spot by taking the provisional pole.
Bomarito posted a best lap at 59.875 seconds (91.451 mph) in the #26 Del Taco/Stone Brewing/Discount Tire/RLM Investments entry for Mathiasen Motorsports to lead the 30-minute qualifying session. He was the only driver to turn a lap quicker than one minute, and as a result, he will start from the front row for the fifth time this season.
He is currently riding a streak of five straight top-six finishing positions - including victories at Edmonton and Road America - and now leads James Hinchcliffe by five points, 159-154.
“We definitely have some great momentum going right now,” Bomarito said. “We actually have quite a bit of work to do on the car overnight. I think we can go considerably quicker tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to that. It's running good. The guys are really doing a good job. It's flawless every session.
“To get that extra bonus point is huge, since it's so close at the moment, and to guarantee myself a front-row for Sunday's race is very important for where we're at in the championship. I'm looking forward to it.”
Second on the provisional grid is Mexican racer David Martinez, who will make just his third Atlantic start of the season this weekend at Trois-Rivieres. Martinez posted a best lap at 1m 00.072s (91.151 mph) in the #7 Axtel/Tecate/Madisa machine for Forsythe/Pettit Racing.
Martinez, who is filling-in for his injured countryman, David Garza, started 11th and finished seventh in both races of the Road America doubleheader last weekend in his first Atlantic races since 2006.
“First of all, I'd like to thank the team, and obviously the Garza family for giving me this second opportunity,” Martinez said. “It was a good start. I feel we have a pretty decent car. It was a pretty crazy qualifying for everybody. It was a lot of traffic and expected red flags. By the end, we kind of ran out of steam. Our tyres were a bit off. I definitely think we have material to fight for the pole tomorrow, so we'll try it.”
Martinez was joined in the top three by his Forsythe/Pettit Racing team-mate, Hinchcliffe, in the #3 Indeck/Tire Rack/NOCO machine. Hinchcliffe logged a best lap at 1m 00.072s (91.151 mph) and has started inside the top six in each of his last six Atlantic starts. He improved considerably from the morning practice session - in which he turned the 10th-quickest time - to third in the first round of qualifying.