Pic inherits WSR Barcelona pole

Frenchman Charles Pic inherited pole position for Sunday's Formula Renault 3.5 feature race in the series opener at Barcelona after rival Miguel Molina had his times disallowed for using his team-mate's tyres in qualifying

Pic inherits WSR Barcelona pole

The Ultimate Motorsport driver held off a determined challenge from Pic by just 0.001s in a tense Super Pole session, but was subsequently found to have used Greg Mansell's tyres to achieve his time and was demoted to 12th.

Pic and third place qualifier James Walker had led the way in the two, preceding 20-minute qualifying groups that determined the 12 participants who progressed into Super Pole.

Walker's P1 Motorsport team-mate Daniil Move was also in the thick of the action in fourth, but the Russian tried too hard on the entry to the long right hand Repsol curve and his gravel-trapped Dallara required the session to be prematurely halted.

Carlin Motorsport team-mates Jamie Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey qualified behind Move in fifth and sixth positions.

Adrian Valles will start on pole position for this afternoon's reverse grid race courtesy of his eighth in Super Pole. The Epsilon driver will be joined on the front row by Marcos Martinez.

Adrian Zaugg missed out on a place in the Super Pole after running wide at the first corner and damaging his car's suspension on a speed bump.

"You have to pump the brakes on these cars," said a disappointed Zaugg. "I think, perhaps, I hadn't done it enough. The suspension and corner weights were damaged and after that the steering became skewed. We were third fastest before that happened, so I was sure I could have made the Super Pole."

Super Pole

Pos Driver Team Time  1. Charles Pic Tech 1 Racing 1:32.584 + 0.001 2. James Walker P1 Motorsport 1:32.876 + 0.293 3. Daniel Move P1 Motorsport 1:32.983 + 0.400 4. J.Alguersuari Carlin Motorsport 1:33.106 + 0.523 5. Oliver Turvey Carlin Motorsport 1:33.125 + 0.542 6. B.Baguette International Draco Racing 1:33.256 + 0.673 7. Marcos Martinez Pons Racing 1:33.299 + 0.716 8. Adrian Vallas Epsilon Euskadi 1:33.360 + 0.777 9. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec Motorsport 1:33.377 + 0.794 10. Marco Barba International Draco Racing 1:33.412 + 0.829 11. C.van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi 1:33.863 + 1.280 12. Miguel Molina Ultimate Motorsport 1:32.583 

Qualifying 1

Pos Driver Team Time  1. James Walker P1 Motorsport 1:33.286 2. Adrián Vallés Epsilon Euskadi 1:33.390 + 0.104 3. Oliver Turvey Carlin Motorsport 1:33.416 + 0.130 4. Marcos Martinez Pons Racing 1:33.525 + 0.239 5. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec Motorsport 1:33.568 + 0.282 6. B.Baguette International Draco Racing 1:33.607 + 0.321 7. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 Racing 1:33.825 + 0.539 8. Greg Mansell Ultimate Motorsport 1:33.833 + 0.547 9. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten.com Racing 1:34.385 + 1.099 10. A.Nebilitskiy Comtec Racing 1:34.436 + 1.150 11. Ómar Leal Prema Powerteam 1:34.734 + 1.448 

Qualifying 1

Pos Driver Team Time  1. Charles Pic Tech 1 Racing 1:33.298 2. Miguel Molina Ultimate Motorsport 1:33.469 + 0.171 3. J.Alguersuari Carlin Motorsport 1:33.489 + 0.191 4. Daniel Move P1 Motorsport 1:33.567 + 0.269 5. C.van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi 1:33.938 + 0.640 6. Marco Barba International Draco Racing 1:34.071 + 0.773 7. P.Di Sabatino RC Motorsport 1:34.104 + 0.806 8. Federico Leo Pons Racing 1:34.140 + 0.842 9. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec Motorsport 1:34.188 + 0.890 10. H.Schlegelmilch Comtec Racing 1:34.192 + 0.894 11. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten.com Racing 1:34.313 + 1.015 12. F.Provenzano Prema Powerteam 1:34.716 + 1.418 
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