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Sergey Sirotkin claimed his first Formula Renault 3.5 pole in front of his home crowd at the Moscow Raceway on Saturday.

The Russian, who led Friday practice in commanding style, improved his time in the morning, becoming the only driver to dip under 1 minute 21 seconds for a flying lap. The Fortec Motorsports driver improved in the latter stages of qualifying after pitting for new tyres.

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Fastest in the first sector, Pierre Gasly was closest to dethroning the fast-finishing teenager but was still two tenths-of-a-second behind. The series rookie produced a strong performance to claim a front row starting position for Arden Motorsport.

Roberto Merhi, another series rookie, will start third after a late flying lap saw him displace long-time leader Zoel Amberg. Just five one hundredths separated the Zeta Corse driver and his more experienced Swiss rival. Fourth place for Amberg sees him return to form in his AV Formula model following his double retirement last time out in Spa.

Putting a disappointing practice session behind him, Pietro Fantin improved to claim fifth for International Draco Racing whilst Oliver Rowland was sixth in the second Fortec model, three tenths slower than his team mate, Sirotkin. Jazeman Jaafar, an ever-improving Oscar Tunjo, Will Stevens and Richie Stanaway completed a competitive top ten in the Russian capital.

William Buller was once again outpaced by his team mate, Gasly and will start race one in thirteenth. Meanwhile, it was a tough qualifying for defending champions, DAMS. Their two drivers, Carlos Sainz Jr and Norman Nato struggled, finishing sixteenth and nineteenth respectively for the French outfit. This is Sainz Jr's first qualifying outside the top ten so the Red Bull junior will need to make up some ground in the race if he is to extend his forty-three point title advantage.

The Moscow Raceway last played host to a Formula Renault 3.5 round back in 2012 when Robin Frijns ruled supreme for Fortec Motorsports. In front of his home crowd, Sirotkin is the new pole sitter at the Russian circuit for the British outfit.

Fantin and Tunjo are currently under investigation so their positions could be subject to change.