Marlon Stockinger was on top form during Friday practice at the penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship at Paul Ricard.

The Lotus junior led both the morning and afternoon sessions at the historic circuit, putting an end to Roberto Merhi's impressive run of form in recent months. Fighting off a fast-finishing Matias Laine in the closing stages, the Singapore racer was pleased with his consistency in the French sun.

"It was a good, clean session and the team gave me a really good car so I'm really with the job," he told . Okay, today is only free practice and tomorrow is what counts but it's the best possible way to go into the weekend, we've just got to keep it up and focus on ourselves."

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Stockinger has endured a mixed season thus far but seemed at one with both his car and the tarmac beneath it.

"The track is different, I'm not used to so much space but it's challenging," he continues, referencing the unique twists and turns of the Circuit de Paul Ricard. "There are lots of sequences where you need to make sure you don't push too hard and others where you do so it's quite a good mix."

When asked about his chances of winning race one tomorrow, the 23-year-old admitted that this was his aim as he looks to keep the momentum.

"You always go to every race wanting to win so we have a really good shot at that, we've just got to put it together which I believe we can do. It should be a good one," he continued.
"I've acquired the third and second spot on the podium so I would really like to get the top spot here in the World Series by Renault."

Stockinger has two podiums from 2014 to his list of FR3.5 achievements but is yet to achieve his maiden win.