Michael van der Mark continued to impress in front of his home fans by riding to the fifth fastest time in Superpole.

After leaving pit lane with fresh rubber midway through the 15-minute Superpole shootout, van der Mark temporarily jumped to the top of the time sheets, suggesting a famous home pole was on the cards.

Although pushed down to a second row starting slot, the Dutchman was still pleased with the progress made on Saturday.

"Today was really good and we tried a few little things in set-up this morning, trying to solve a couple of problems we had yesterday," he said. "We found a good solution and I was pretty quick in FP3 and then even faster in FP4. We were quite consistent, too, so I was very happy with that.

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In final qualifying of Superpole I think my lap could have been a little faster but I'm quite happy with P5. To be on the second row for my home round is a good position to start."

Looking ahead to Sunday's double-header, van der Mark believes he can show strongly if some desired overnight improvements take effect.
"Our race pace is OK, although we still need to find a couple of tenths, but I'm quite confident for the races tomorrow."

The Dutchman's team-mate, Sylvain Guintoli, qualified on the back of the fourth row in twelfth.