The top three were the only drivers to break into the 1:35's in qualifying, with fourth placed Elroy Wagner ending up over half a second from pole position. With the third championship contender of Enzo Domenicalli in fifth just behind Wagner, the grid is set up beautifully for a cracking race that - if finished as it will start - will leave just 13 points between the two Franklin drivers heading to the final round in Japan next weekend.
Puccio Giodano completed a Rossi lock out of row three, with Jean Mattson pipping the Liverpool pair of Kip Maxwell and Adrien Simon respectively while Felix Beyer rounds out the top ten. Will Hoskins is eleventh in his first of two races for Downton, ahead of Hiroto Nakumaya, team mate Marcus Thunder, and the second - disappointed - Ingram of Nikolai Milkovich.
From then on the grid is two-by-two; Romano Agostino leads FUN team mate Carson Davenport on row eight, Johan Halvosen once more gets the beating of his Meteor stable mate Stuart Harrison on row nine, Judson Sikes out-qualifies Hugh Dwyer, and on the back row Karl Beckenbauer will start ahead of James Harding after the Australian failed to set a lap time due to mechanical gremlins.