David Salom has taken his second career World Supersport Championship pole position at Silverstone after smashing the lap record in final qualification.

The Spaniard, who currently sits fourth in the WSS standings, went into the deciding session in a provisional eighth position, but a massive improvement of 2.3secs would see him leap to the top of the timesheets.

Undercutting Kenan Sofuoglu's 2010 lap record by two tenths of a second, Salom was in turn three tenths faster than home hope Sam Lowes on the Parkalgar Honda.

Lowes had been favourite to take the top spot after dominating the morning's FP2 session, but he had no answer to Kawasaki's Salom, who also started on pole position at the Phillip Island season opener.

Behind them, Florian Marino starts from the first front row of his short WSS career as the only other rider to crack 2mins 09secs, while provisional pole sitter and Brno race winner Gino Rea will get away from a threatening fourth place.

Another rider posting his best qualifying performance of the season, Robbin Harms starts in fifth position, ahead of Fabien Foret on the second of the Ten Kate Hondas, while title contenders Broc Parkes and Chaz Davies take up positions on the back of the second row.

Italian duo Massimo Roccoli and Roberto Tamburini round out the top ten, edging out Luca Scassa, the ParkinGO Yamaha rider struggling to find the form that saw him win the opening two rounds of the season.

Meanwhile, James Ellison, who crashed in FP2, was one of only a handful of riders not to improve in Q2, dropping him from a provisional seventh to 16th on the grid. Countryman and wild-card Luke Stapleford, meanwhile, will make his WSS debut from 23rd on the grid.