AUSTRALIAN drivers Ryan Briscoe and James Courtney qualified second and third fastest for tomorrow's 50th Macau Grand Prix.
Briscoe, 22, a member of the Toyota Formula One junior development squad, set a time of 2min 13.223sec around the daunting 6.12km Guia circuit.
He will start tomorrow's two-part race for Formula 3 cars from the front row of the grid, alongside Brazilian Fabio Carbone, who was 0.107sec faster.
``I was right on the edge for that lap and it's a fantastic result,'' said Briscoe, the 2003 European Formula 3 champion.
``Now I am looking to make a good start in the race because if I can get in front I think I could get away from the pack.''
Courtney was only 0.044sec slower than his countryman and will start the race from the second row of the grid in his Toyota-powered Dallara.
The 23-year-old from Drummoyne, in Sydney, had been the pacesetter in each of the previous practice sessions and was disappointed with his final qualifying position.
``The car has been going very well here, but this afternoon we could not show our full pace,'' Courtney said.
``The team changed the gear ratios before final qualifying and it was not as good.''
``We've shown how fast we are, though, so if I make a good start in the race and get in front I think we can pull away.''
Previous winners of the Macau GP include Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.