Team France will start the sprint race for the second A1GP meeting from pole position after Nicolas Lapierre recorded the fastest lap of the four qualifying sessions on his way to the best aggregate time at the EuroSpeedway in Laustitz.

Lapierre set a best combined time of 3mins 05.332secs to edge out fellow GP2 driver Scott Speed for pole positions with the Red Bull test driver having to settle for second for Team USA, while Nelson Piquet Jr - winner of both races at Brands Hatch - set the third quickest time.

"I am very happy with what happened today," Lapierre said. "From the start this morning I knew we had a good car that would go well on new tyres. I felt a lot of pressure in the last session but was able to keep at the top of the time sheets."

Team principal Jean Paul Driot was equally pleased.

"I think this was a good performance as this kind of qualifying is very tough," he said. "It is also interesting and exciting as the driver cannot make a single mistake. I think it is more difficult than just a single lap. I think Nicolas did a great job as he put in three times within two tenths of each other."

After a disappointing qualifying display at the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch, Team USA seat holder Rick Weidinger said he was pleased to see Speed on the pace.

"This has proved a fantastic format and now as a team we are beginning to understand it fully," he said. "A1 Team USA feels as if it is back, especially after the bad luck we had in Brands Hatch."

Behind the top three, Robbie Kerr will start the sprint race from fourth place for Team Great Britain, with Team Germany and Team Switzerland completing the top six.