Nathaniel Powers will start on pole position for the third time in five races in tomorrow's French V-Prix, after pipping team mate Klaas van Snelheid in a wet qualifying session to head Downton's maiden front-row lockout.
Rain fell throughout the session with more or less constant conditions, though the best lap times did tend to come towards the end of the session, with Powers' lap time of 1:47.031 enough to pip his team mate by just under one tenth of a second in the dying minutes.
Adrien Simon will head the second row in his DS Vaillante liveried and branded car - albeit four tenths behind the Downton pair - with Enrique Ruiz for company alongside. Another strong qualifying from Arden Hutchinson will see him start fifth, while Elroy Wagner did well to limit the damage his 10-place grid penalty will do with the sixth fastest time.
As in practice the four Renault-powered cars of Westwood and Holmqvist filled out the places towards the back end of the top ten ahead of Allar Kangur and Oleksandr Zozulya, who will start twelfth in his first race. His fellow debutante Viktor Östberg - hastily shuffled into the car following James Harding's withdrawal from the event following practice yesterday - managed nineteenth, while renowned rain master Felix Beyer surprisingly struggled once again in a wet qualifying, ending the session down in 21st.
As Wagner, Aleksy Nowosinki and Karl Beckenbauer all have 10-place grid penalties, they will line up slightly different to the qualifying order for tomorrow's race, which is expected to be dry.
See below for full qualifying classification and grid positions for tomorrow's race with tyre choices: