Elroy Wagner has claimed his fifth pole position of the season at Interlagos; making him the most frequent pole sitter of the season. The German has only won one race this season back in Austria, notably did not start from pole.
It was the closest qualifying session of the entire season. The top five on the grid lapped within a tenth of each other, while nineteenth place was only five tenths off the fastest time.
Wagner will be looking to make amends for Japan as he has sights on his second wind; although out of the championship battle. Hugh Dwyer was very close behind to complete the first row of the grid. Last round winner Will Hoskins was third, edging out Carson Davenport. Nathaniel Powers has put himself in the position he needs to be in to win the championship on race day. Powers qualified fifth, one spot ahead of his remaining championship rival Jean Mattson. Mattson must finish fourth or higher to take the fight to the final round in Mexico; however for this to happen Powers must not score.
While things are looking well for Powers and Franklin, the Mathershaw drivers set the seventh and eighth fastest time in Adrien Simon and Marcus Thunder. Enrique Ruiz impressed yet again qualifying in ninth in front of his home crowd. Ivan Lesic rounded out the top ten in tenth.
Keith Boston and Tumo Kinnumen both had a horrible day as they encountered traffic on their fastest laps. The pair will start from the back row.
The Brazilian Grand Prix could the race where Nathaniel Powers and Franklin F1 can win both championships. With Powers only needing to finish ahead of Mattson (who must finish fourth or better), and Franklin only needing to outscore Team 23 by two points; it is looking rather likely these events may happen. However Jean Mattson will be desperate to put the last race behind him and put in a blistering performance to ensure the championship goes down the wire at Mexico. Likewise for Team 23 who missed out on a likely 1-2 finish in Japan.
Rain had looked like a likely occurrence during qualifying, however the wet weather missed qualifying by a few minutes. According to weather reports, heavy thunderstorms are predicted for the race. Could this be the third rain effected race in a row, and could it effect the outcome of the championship?