Lucas di Grassi has taken pole position for the first of two Formula E races in Montreal to decide who will be crowned the season three champion.

Di Grassi beat title rival Sebastien Buemi to pole by just under two tenths.The Brazilian gets three bonus points for his third pole of the season, closing him to within seven points of Buemi in the championship.

After crashing heavily in the second practice session, Renault e.dams was forced to change the battery on Buemi’s second car meaning he takes a ten-place grid penalty for Saturday’s race.

Stephane Sarrazin was a surprise third fastest; marking the best qualifying result for the Frenchman this season.

Nico Prost was fourth fastest, adrift of his team-mate. Berlin race 1 winner Felix Rosenqvist’s time was slowest of all in superpole.

Jean-Eric Vergne missed out on superpole by just under two tenths. Jaguar enjoyed their best qualifying session of the year with Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll in seventh and eighth place.

Oliver Turvey qualified ninth while his NextEV NIO team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. could only manage 19th after a monumental lock-up.

Venturi’s Tom Dillmann rounded out the top 10 ahead of Loic Duval and di Grassi’s team-mate Daniel Abt.

Sam Bird, who dominated the previous round in New York, will lineup in 18th place, with team-mate Jose Maria Lopez 14th on his return to Formula E.

Both DS Virgin Racing cars were severely hampered by a software issue which meant they couldn’t do their full power laps.

Nick Heidfeld was another frontrunner further down the grid; the German was only 14th quickest.

Dragon Racing was left red-faced after the opening qualifying group, as Jerome d’Ambrosio failed to make it to the chequered flag in time to start a full power lap.