Interview with National Class Pole Position holder Steven Guerrero
Marcus Ericsson bounced back after missing out on pole position for Round 13 to set the fastest lap for Round 14but his session ended in the barriers at Sheene Curve bringing out the red flags three minutes from the end. Sergio Perez improved on his earlier performance to end the 15-minute qualifying session on the front row ahead of Atte Mustonen and his championship rival Jaime Alguersuari. Steven Guerrero scored his first National Class pole position 0.67 seconds ahead of Jay Bridger.
The majority of the drivers elected to go out early in the session, with the notable exceptions being Marcus Ericsson and Jaime Alguersuari, the drivers who claimed the front row in the earlier qualifying session. It was Ericsson's Fortec teammate Sebastian Hohenthal who made an early claim to the top spot but Atte Mustonen also had ideas of taking pole position.
The times tumbled early in the session and briefly Australian Sam Abay held the top spot until Hohenthal went 0.003s faster. At this point Ericsson and Alguersuari joined the track and were both immediately on the pace with Ericcson posting a 1m17.563 second lap and Alguersuari just 0.3 seconds behind in 2nd. There then began a ding-dong battle for pole position with Ericsson and Alguersuari trying to out do each other. With 10-minutes of the session remaining Ericsson had reduced his lap time to 1m17.343, still 0.2 seconds ahead of Alguersuari. Sergio Perez then demoted the Spaniard to 3rd just ahead of Oliver Turvey, Nick Tandy and Brendon Hartley.
Ericsson then posted the fastest lap of the session, reducing his lap time by another 0.030 of a second, with Atte Mustonen moving back up the order to claim 3rd. Ericsson then pushed a little too hard at Sheene, his Dallara clattering against the barriers and bringing the red flag out to halt qualifying two minutes early.