Team Great Britain driver Robbie Kerr powered to pole position for tomorrow's A1GP sprint race at Brands Hatch to become the first driver in the history of the series to achieve the feat on his home track.
Ireland's Richard Lyons qualified in 12th with a time of 2:30.751.
The 27-year-old Kerr, who won his first race in the series last time out in Shanghai, snatched a dramatic pole from the grasp of newly-crowned series champions Team Germany.
Kerr lapped the Kent circuit in an aggregate time of three minutes 28.899 seconds despite sliding off the track at Sheene Curve on the out lap ahead of his final run.
Kerr said: "I knew I had to keep my new tyres warm going out at the start of the lap but as I turned into that corner they weren't quite hot enough and I caught the dirt.
"It was a bit of a heart-stopping moment but I got the tyres cleaned off to start the last lap and it turned out to be a solid effort.
"It's great to be on pole but we've got to focus now on getting things right for tomorrow's races, especially the longer feature race.
"We know we have a good car so I'm really looking forward to racing here."
Team principal John Surtees added: "It was a superb performance from Robbie and the whole British team.
"Today's result is particularly pleasing as it was so competitive with the lap record from last season's visit being smashed in qualifying.
"It was a great effort and bodes well for tomorrow."
The result keeps alive Britain's outside hopes of claiming the championship runners-up spot from second-placed New Zealand.
Britain, in third, are 14 points adrift of New Zealand heading into the final race of the season, and with 17 points on offer tomorrow, there is still a chance for the host nation to move up the order.
Behind Kerr, Germany's Nico Hulkenberg edged Team France's Loic Duval back into third place, while Enrico Toccacelo claimed fourth on the grid for Italy.
Williams F1 test driver Narain Karthikeyan impressed for Team India, coming home in fifth place, just pipping another former F1 pilot in Malaysia's Alex Yoong.
Switzerland, piloted by Sebastien Buemi, grabbed seventh, ahead of Holland's Jeroen Bleekemolen and New Zealand's Matt Halliday.
Adrian Zaugg completed the top 10 for South Africa.