Daruvala and Defourny share poles for Monza NEC opener

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Jehan Daruvala and Max Defourny claimed a pole position each in qualifying for the first round of the Formula Renault NEC campaign at Monza.

Force India protege Daruvala outpaced his Josef Kaufmann Racing team-mate Lando Norris by over a quarter of a second to take pole for race one.

Dorian Boccolacci claimed third for Tech 1 ahead of Fortec’s Nikita Troitskiy, with R-ace GP driver Defourny fifth.

Sacha Fenestraz put a tough Eurocup debut at Aragon last weekend behind him to take sixth in front of Robert Shwartzman, Gabriel Aubry, Bruno Baptista and Alex Gill.

Daruvala was pipped by Defourny by 0.057s in the second session.

Will Palmer, only 12th in the first session, was third this time around ahead of Fenestraz, with Norris and Boccolacci relegated to row three. Shwartzman, Troitskiy, Aubry and Gill were next up.