The Australian, driving for Trident, took his finest outcome regardless of early rainfall and a scarcity of grip, setting a 2m21.953s.
He’ll begin alongside Victor Martins, who will even scored his finest ever begin within the collection for MP Motorsport, with ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar in third place.
Martins’ team-mate Caio Collet will begin fourth, with Logan Sargeant of Charouz Racing System beginning in fifth.
Rising onto the monitor with moist tyres amid tough circumstances, Doohan and Smolyar have been the primary two drivers to set push laps, with Doohan setting an early benchmark of 2m21.953s.
The center part of the lap lacked grip, with circumstances persevering with to worsen ten minutes into the session, and lots of drivers struggling to remain on monitor.
ART’s Frederik Vesti tried to set a faster time than his earlier better of 2m23.718s, which put him in seventh, however was compelled to desert his lap after operating broad.
Rookie Zdenek Chovanec spun at flip one however managed to maintain it operating for his first qualifying, changing Reshad de Gerus at Charouz.
Juan Manuel Correa (ART) additionally suffered a spin on the surface of flip 9 and hit the wall, struggling injury to his rear wing, however managed to make it again to the pits.
Because the rain stopped and the monitor dried up with 12 minutes to go, the duo of Martins and Collet moved up into second and third respectively, with lower than a tenth between them.
Championship chief Dennis Hauger complained of getting “zero grip” for Prema, regardless of their success within the dry this season, and mentioned he felt the the fronts locking up, whereas sitting in twelfth. He ended the session in 14th spot.
Smolyar managed to enhance as much as third on his final run, setting purple sectors in each the primary and remaining elements of the monitor.
The session was red-flagged after Tijmen van der Helm (MP Motorsport) went broad at Blanchimont, forcing an early finish to the session.
Lorenzo Colombo completed in twelfth, placing him in reverse grid pole for Campos Racing in Saturday morning’s dash race.
Hitech Grand Prix’s Jak Crawford will begin in second, with team-mate Roman Stanek in third, Johnathan Hoggard (Jenzer Motorsport) in fourth and Trident’s David Schumacher in fifth.