Nelson Piquet Jr overcame a spin on his first qualifying run to claim pole position for Brazil in qualifying for the final European race of the A1GP season.

Piquet claimed his second pole position of the season at the Portuguese circuit with some stunning lap times in the final two sessions to take his place at the front of the field for the sprint race ahead of Neel Jani in the Team Switzerland entry.

"We had to work very hard here as we were all struggling due to the bad weather," he said. "When we went out for qualifying this was the first time we had been out on a hundred per cent dry track with new tyres. On my first run I pushed and made a silly mistake. We then worked on the car and got it better and better and at the end I had to make sure I had a final safe lap.

"It is great to have done so well here in Portugal as we did not have a really good weekend in Germany, so we stepped back to see what we did wrong there so we could put it right here."

Second place for Jani was a best yet for the Swiss team although the GP2 racer was disappointed to miss out on top spot.

"We had a very good second run on the first set of new tyres, but we had already had a good run in the first session on old tyres," he said. "I was hoping to snatch pole but the final run was not perfect although good enough for second. I had a lot of traffic on my out laps but it was not so bad on my quick laps."

Alex Premat claimed third for France despite getting out of shape on more than one occasion during qualifying.

"In the first qualifying I was quicker than the others, which was great," he said. "But after that the car was harder to drive as I had both understeer and oversteer. It was tough and on my final run I made two mistakes. We now have some work to do for the races as we need to sit down and look at our data to check what needs to be done for tomorrow."

Premat will be joined on row two by Tomas Enge who had earlier set the pace in practice for the Czech Republic team, with Jos Verstappen and Alvaro Parente sharing row three for Holland the Portugal.

Robbie Kerr will start the sprint race in tenth place for Team GB.



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