Backing up his second place finish at Imola two weeks ago, Enrico Toccacelo rewarded his BCN Competition squad with its first F3000 International Championship pole position at Barcelona.
Run by former F1 designer Enrico Scalabroni, the diminutive Spanish team saw their Italian driver negotiate the 4.730km/2.939 miles circuit with a tidy lap of 1m 32.300s.
Though rain appeared after 20 minutes, the Italian’s lap, set early in the session, remained unbeaten.
Round one winner and championship leader Antonio Liuzzi lines up alongside Toccacelo on the front row for Arden International while Durango Lola driver Yannick Schroeder secured third position.
Fourth place went to Arden’s second driver Robert Doornbos, ahead of reigning British F3 champion Alan van der Merwe in the Super Nova car. Rounding out the top six, Tomas Enge enjoyed a strong run for Ma-Con Engineering.
Seemingly caught out by the rain, Argentinian Jose Maria Lopes qualified seventh before his CMS Lola left the track and buried itself into a tyre wall.