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Jones beats De Melo to Barber Indy Lights pole

by Peter Allen

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Ed Jones claimed pole in Indy Lights at Barber Motorsports Park, seeing off the challenge of the relatively inexperienced Zach Claman De Melo in qualifying.

Second-year Carlin driver Jones beat De Melo to top spot by?0.173 seconds. De Melo, who drove for Carlin in Britain’s F3 Cup last year, edged out Dean Stoneman for a place on the front row by less than a hundredth of a second.

Three tenths off pole in fourth was RC?Enerson, who had?Shelby Blackstock?and Santiago Urrutia both within 0.02s.

Zach Veach beat his Belardi team-mate Felix Rosenqvist to seventh, while Kyle Kaiser and?Scott Hargrove rounded out the top 10. Jones’ Carlin team-mates?Felix Serralles and?Neil?Alberico?had to make do with 12th and 14th respectively.