Nico Hulkenberg gave Germany their second consecutive pole position in the seventh round of A1 Grand Prix at Eastern Creek, the championship leader edging out 'team-mates' New Zealand to make it an all-Super Nova front row.

In another closely fought session, Hulkenberg waited until the third and fourth segments to make his move, claiming the fastest lap in both of the periods to record a superior aggregate time to that of his rivals.

That in turn put him some two tenths up on nearest rivals New Zealand, overseen also by Super Nova, and Jonny Reid, who maintained his form from practice to put himself on the front row of the grid for the fourth time in the five meetings he has competed in.

"There is not a lot of grip on the circuit so it is a compromise between pushing very hard and safety, but I think I got a good lap and, of course, a very good car from the team," Hulkenberg said.

"I knew before qualifying four that this was the main segment and very important if I wanted to be on pole, but I managed to make a very good lap. We saw the cloud coming in for the final session so that is why we decided to exit the pit earlier and it was a perfect lap."

Having made significant gains in morning practice following a tough first day of running, Robbie Kerr moved Great Britain into third on the grid thanks to four consistently strong laps.

Loic Duval put France, currently second in the standings, a threatening fourth, just ahead of Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and China's Ho-Pin Tung, the German Formula Three Champion scoring by far his best qualifying position of the series thanks to a particularly strong effort in the fourth and final segment.

His performance dislodged Philip Giebler, who recovered from a spin in the first session, down to seventh, ahead of Netherlands, Ireland and Malaysia, the latter two nations performing considerably better in qualifying than they had managed in practice.

However, that in turn worked the other way for some teams, most notably home favourites Australia, with Karl Reindler managing the sixth fastest time in morning practice only to slip down to 18th by qualifying.

Championship contenders Mexico were also well down the order in 14th, two spots up on a disappointed Singapore, who had otherwise been threatening the top ten positions all weekend thanks to Christian Murchison's Australian racing roots. South Africa and Alan van der Merwe was also a frustrated 17th having proved front runners all through practice.

 

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