Dion Gowda says “from where we started to be here is a mega job” after he stormed to a double pole position at Snetterton for Carlin.
The Indian driver produced a pair of quick laps in qualifying to start on pole for Race 1 and Race 3.
The wind was a factor on Saturday and Gowda said being adaptable was key to qualifying on pole position: “the wind changed from yesterday, a bit more tailwind into Turn 1 so it was a bit more scrappy but just had to adapt while you’re out there and just get on with it.”
Hitech driver Kanato Le secured second place in a very close qualifying session where half a tenth of a second separated the top three drivers.
The Japanese driver said the middle sector is where he lost time in the battle for pole position.
“The middle sector I struggled a bit and messed up there so I think if I put my lap together I could’ve easily gone a few tenths quicker and I know there’s the time in there so hopefully in the race I can put a lap together and drive away.
“The wind especially in Turn 5 it made the car unsettle a little bit so it was a bit difficult but I think I made a mistake locking up and that made it difficult to get a clean lap but it was still a good lap so I’m happy with it.”
The first race of the weekend on Saturday was declared null and void after an incident after a restart damaged a barrier too badly to be repaired in time to restart the race due to a circuit curfew.
Jaden Pariat suffered an early retirement in Race 1 after a collision with his team mate and hurt his wrist.
The Indian driver was unsure whether he would get the all clear to compete in Sunday’s action: “I think I’ll be fine to drive but they’ll want a X-ray and they want me to give it to them tomorrow so they could approve if I could drive or not.
“I think it feels alright, it hurts but I think it should be fine.”
Virtuosi driver Douwe Dedecker starts Race 2 from pole position with his team mate Kai Daryanani alongside him on the front row of the grid.