The Brit, who completed third within the championship in 2019, set a 1m28.964s in her Racing X sponsored machine to high the timesheet on the Pink Bull Ring.
It was her first pole within the sequence, which took 2020 off amid the Covid pandemic. Powell took podiums at every of the 4 races she completed final season, along with her maiden win coming on the season finale at Manufacturers Hatch.
Fellow Brit Sarah Moore (Scuderia W) will begin in second, ending lower than two-tenths behind her compatriot, with team-mate rookie Belen Garcia taking third place within the 30-minute qualifying session.
Final yr’s runner-up Beitske Visser (M Forbes Motorsport) will begin fourth, with Emma Kimilainen of Ecurie W in fifth, and Jessica Hawkins in her Racing X automobile in sixth.
Reigning champion Jamie Chadwick, driving for Veloce Racing, had been close to the highest of the grid and was first to interrupt into the 1m29s, setting a 1m29.938 round midway by means of the session, however finds herself eighth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Kimilainen set a fast lap inside the first 5 minutes of the session, placing in a 1m32.603s, however Powell went faster by nearly four-tenths on her second try.
Powell then broke into the 1m30s, however Williams F1 growth driver Chadwick quickly went quickest by six-hundredths with a 1m30.602s, choosing a clear monitor run somewhat than attempting for a slipstream.
By the ten-minute mark, rookie Ayla Agren (M Forbes Motorsport) had gone quickest, setting a 1m30.374, though she was shortly overtaken by Chadwick, who was nearly two-tenths faster.
Garcia took the highest spot across the midway mark, setting a 1m29.740 to knock the reigning champion off the highest of the timesheet.
Fellow rookie Irina Sidorkova, driving for the W Collection Academy workforce, additionally put in some spectacular lap instances, sitting in fourth place with ten minutes to go simply one-hundredth behind Chadwick.
Later within the session, Visser managed a 1m29.446s to place her second quickest, with the highest 14 separated by only one second.
Powell took the highest spot with seven minutes to go, with Moore in second and Visser in third in an order paying homage to 2019.
W Collection Styria qualifying outcomes
|1||27||Alice Powell||Racing X||1’28.964|
|2||26||Sarah Moore||Scuderia W||1’29.141||zero.177|
|three||22||Belén García||Scuderia W||1’29.171||zero.207|
|four||95||Beitske Visser||M. Forbes Motorsport||1’29.212||zero.248|
|5||7||Emma Kimiläinen||Ecurie W||1’29.305||zero.341|
|6||21||Jessica Hawkins||Racing X||1’29.309||zero.345|
|7||19||Marta Garcia||Puma W Collection Workforce||1’29.329||zero.365|
|eight||55||Jamie Chadwick||Veloce Racing||1’29.333||zero.369|
|10||17||Ayla Agren||M. Forbes Motorsport||1’29.459||zero.495|
|11||97||Bruna Tomaselli||Veloce Racing||1’29.517||zero.553|
|12||44||Abbie Eaton||Ecurie W||1’29.602||zero.638|
|13||54||Miki Koyama||Sirin Racing||1’29.616||zero.652|
|14||51||Irina Sidorkova||W Collection Academy||1’29.674||zero.710|
|15||11||Vicky Piria||Sirin Racing||1’29.679||zero.715|
|16||32||Nerea Martí||W Collection Academy||1’29.711||zero.747|
|17||37||Sabré Prepare dinner||Bunker Racing||1’30.zero32||1.068|
|18||three||Gosia Rdest||Puma W Collection Workforce||1’30.337||1.373|