Arthur Pic narrowly defeated Tio Ellinas to claim pole position for the MRF Challenge support event at the Indian Grand Prix.
Formula Renault 3.5 regular Pic – who had topped the earlier free practice session – lapped the Buddh circuit in a time of 1m55.684s, putting him 0.061 seconds clear of GP3 race winner Ellinas.
FIA F3 European Championship driver Harry Tincknell claimed third place, 0.168s away from Pic.
Ex-F3 Open driver Sam Dejonghe took fourth ahead of Japan’s Yudai Jinkawa, who was the last driver within a second of pole position.
Rupert Svendsen-Cook was sixth ahead of Sean Walkinshaw, with Shinya Michimi, Renan Guerra and top local driver Parth Ghorpade.
The two 25-minute races are due to take place at 15:30 on Saturday and 12:30 on Sunday local time.
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