The session started slow with overnight rain washing away the rubber from practice yesterday. FUN and Warrior were first to venture out, with Agostino setting the initial benchmark. As the track rubbered in and more cars took to the circuit, the times tumbled, with pole position changing an unprecedented seven times within two minutes.
Eventually however, with five minutes on the clock and Rossi set for a largely comfortable front row lockout, a stunning final sector from Ruiz ensured he would snatch pole position with a time of 1:17.881, just 0.094 quicker than Enzo Domenicalli, meaning the front row replicates that of the last race in Britain. The second Rossi of Puccio Giodano lines up third, while Elroy Wagner could only manage fourth in the second Franklin.
From there back the grid is largely team-by-team. Adrien Simon heads Kip Maxwell on the Liverpool third row, Hoskins beat Kinnumen into eighth at Westwood on row four, while both Downton's snuck into the top ten to make up row five, with Powers re-instating his qualifying dominance over his young team mate.
Row six sees Milkovich heading Mattson, while Beyer outqualifies AMR team mate Nakumaya for thirteenth. Behind them FUN and Meteor missed the memo however, as their drivers broke from order with Davenport heading Harrison, Agostino and Hutchinson.
Hugh Dwyer outqualified his rookie team mate Judson Sikes for only the second time this season - though he does have home advantage - to put his Ocelot into nineteenth, while once again Warrior make up the back row, James Harding getting the better of the soon to be replaced Abel Osterhagen by the thick end of half a second.
Just over eight tenths split the top twelve drivers in qualifying, and if the race is anything like as close we're in for a cracker. There's also an outside chance of more showers appearing throughout Sunday. Regardless of rain though, the race is shaping up well, can Ruiz claim another win as he looks to claw back the enormous championship deficit to his team mate, or can Wagner fight back come race day? Or could Rossi, Liverpool or someone totally different get into the mix? You'll have to join us tomorrow for the Canadian V-Prix to find out!