Matt Campbell will start from fifth on the grid for the sixth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring outside Budapest.
Pole position went to series leader Michael Ammermuller (Germany) ahead of Lechner team-mates Dan Cammish (UK) and Dennis Olsen (Norway), Robert Lukas (Poland) was in fourth.
The defending Australian Carrera Cup champion was 16th in the only practice on Friday. He went out early in qualifying and was third after the initial run behind Cammish and Mattia Drudi.
With just two sets of fresh Michelin tyres for all competitors, Campbell sat in the pits through the midway point of the 30-minute session.
On his second set of tyres he jumped to second on the timing screens, just 0.09s off Cammish’s time.
The Queenslander then set the fastest first sector time, but lost out over the following two sectors. He had used the best of the fresh tyres by this point and was unable to improve.
Ammermueller then sprung to the top of the times with a 1:46.926, with Olsen and Lukas also moving ahead of Campbell on 1:47.290.
“The vehicle’s balance wasn’t optimal,” said Campbell.
“It felt much better than in free practice, but we have to work on a few things before the race.
“Basically, I really like this track and I’m looking forward to the race.”
The 22-year-old sits fourth in the points standings behind Ammermuller, Olsen and Cammish; who is just a single point ahead of the Australian.
The race will be run at 1930 AEST on Sunday evening.
QUALFIYING: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Hungaroring
|1||1||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||1:46,926||9|
|2||2||Dan Cammish||Lechner MSG Racing Team||1:47,107||+ 0,181||10|
|3||4||Dennis Olsen (R)||Walter Lechner Racing Team||1:47,192||+ 0,266||10|
|4||11||Robert Lukas||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||1:47,268||+ 0,342||6|
|5||7||Matt Campbell (R)||FACH AUTO TECH||1:47,290||+ 0,364||10|
|6||28||Mattia Drudi (R)||Dinamic Motorsport||1:47,462||+ 0,536||10|
|7||41||Thomas Preining||Konrad Motorsport||1:47,518||+ 0,592||11|
|8||5||Josh Webster (R)||FACH AUTO TECH||1:47,563||+ 0,637||8|
|9||24||Dylan Pereira||Lechner Racing Middle East||1:47,655||+ 0,729||9|
|10||10||Piotr Parys (R)||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||1:47,776||+ 0,850||8|
|11||16||Roar Lindland (B)||MRS Cup-Racing||1:47,901||+ 0,975||8|
|12||25||Al Faisal Al Zubair (R)||Lechner Racing Middle East||1:47,915||+ 0,989||10|
|13||15||Zaid Ashkanani||MRS GT-Racing||1:47,916||+ 0,990||11|
|14||3||Ryan Cullen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||1:48,009||+ 1,083||14|
|15||22||Nico Rindlisbacher (R)||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||1:48,083||+ 1,157||11|
|16||18||Steven Palette||Martinet by Almeras||1:48,109||+ 1,183||8|
|17||29||Daniele Di Amato||Dinamic Motorsport||1:48,111||+ 1,185||11|
|18||21||Paul Rees||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||1:48,308||+ 1,382||12|
|19||12||Igor Walilko (R)||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||1:48,473||+ 1,547||11|
|20||19||Philip Morin (R)||Martinet by Almeras||1:48,477||+ 1,551||8|
|21||9||Chris Bauer||FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport||1:48,497||+ 1,571||10|
|22||30||Sean Hudspeth||Lechner MSG Racing Team||1:48,847||+ 1,921||8|
|23||23||Egidio Perfetti (B)||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||1:49,136||+ 2,210||11|
|24||26||Tom Sharp||IDL Racing||1:49,353||+ 2,427||11|
|25||14||Mikkel O. Pedersen (R)||MRS GT-Racing||1:49,446||+ 2,520||6|
|26||20||Roland Berville (B)||Martinet by Almeras||1:49,872||+ 2,946||12|
|27||6||Glauco Solieri (B)||FACH AUTO TECH||1:50,201||+ 3,275||12|
|28||8||Santiago Creel||FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport||1:50,234||+ 3,308||13|
|29||17||Christof Langer (B)||MRS Cup-Racing||1:50,300||+ 3,374||12|
|30||27||Mark Radcliffe (B)||IDL Racing||1:51,245||+ 4,319||11|