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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Jean-Eric Vergne on Formula Renault 3.5 pole again at wet Paul Ricard

Jean-Eric Vergne, Carlin, Paul Ricard 2011Carlin's Jean-Eric Vergne claimed his second Formula Renault 3.5 pole position of the weekend at a sodden Paul Ricard, while his title rival Robert Wickens was only seventh.

The Frenchman probed the limits of road-holding with several off track moments and a spin, before composing himself to record a formidable lap of 2m13.142s, some 0.814 seconds faster Fortec's Alexander Rossi.

Vergne, the opening race winner at Le Castellet on Saturday, went to the top of the timing screens just past the midway point of the half-hour session. Rossi knocked the local favourite off provisional pole with five minutes remaining, only to be denied by Vergne on his penultimate lap prior to the chequered flag.

Daniel Ricciardo will head the second row for this afternoon's race. The ISR driver held the fastest time a quarter of an hour into the session, and ended the morning just 0.025s slower than Rossi.

Fourth in race one, Mofaz Racing's Jake Rosenzweig continued his upswing in form to secure fourth. The American has a history of strong wet weather performances and took pole in similar conditions at Spa last year.

Newcomer Nick Yelloly qualified a superb fifth for Pons Racing. The British GP3 graduate is contesting only his second Formula Renault 3.5 meeting.

Yelloly's team-mate Oliver Webb had provisionally qualified second for this afternoon's race, but was stripped of his fastest lap for exceeding the track limits. Webb's second fastest time relegated him to 15th.

A late effort secured Nelson Panciatici sixth spot on home ground for KMP Racing.

The fourth row of the grid will be shared by the unlikely pairing of championship leader Wickens, who was one of many to run completely off the track early in the session, and Dutch rookie Daniel de Jong. Comtec's de Jong is striving to achieve his first points of the season after making an ambitious leap into the category from Formula Renault 2.0.

Pos  Driver             Team             Time       Gap
 1.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Carlin           2m13.142s
 2.  Alexander Rossi    Fortec           2m13.956s  + 0.814s
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   ISR              2m13.981s  + 0.839s
 4.  Jake Rosenzweig    Mofaz            2m14.739s  + 1.597s
 5.  Nick Yelloly       Pons             2m14.750s  + 1.608s
 6.  Nelson Panciatici  KMP              2m14.752s  + 1.610s
 7.  Robert Wickens     Carlin           2m14.889s  + 1.747s
 8.  Daniel de Jong     Comtec           2m14.989s  + 1.847s
 9.  Albert Costa       Epic             2m15.005s  + 1.863s
10.  Daniil Move        P1               2m15.062s  + 1.920s
11.  Brendon Hartley    Gravity-Charouz  2m15.190s  + 2.048s
12.  Daniel Zampieri    BVM Target       2m15.239s  + 2.097s
13.  Sergio Canamasas   BVM Target       2m15.579s  + 2.437s
14.  Anton Nebylitskiy  KMP              2m15.641s  + 2.499s
15.  Oliver Webb        Pons             2m15.647s  + 2.505s
16.  Stephane Richelmi  Draco            2m15.721s  + 2.579s
17.  Kevin Korjus       Tech 1           2m15.811s  + 2.669s
18.  Andre Negrao       Draco            2m15.867s  + 2.725s
19.  Sten Pentus        Epic             2m15.925s  + 2.783s
20.  Daniel McKenzie    Comtec           2m15.950s  + 2.808s
21.  Cesar Ramos        Fortec           2m16.019s  + 2.877s
22.  Fairuz Fauzy       Mofaz            2m16.147s  + 3.005s
23.  Walter Grubmuller  P1               2m16.255s  + 3.113s
24.  Arthur Pic         Tech 1           2m16.323s  + 3.181s
25.  Jan Charouz        Gravity-Charouz  2m16.513s  + 3.371s
26.  Nathanael Berthon  ISR              2m17.006s  + 3.864s
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