Chasing leader Karthik Tharani, Bangalore-based driver Goutham Parekh clinched pole at the Kari Motor Speedway in the third round of the National Championship.
While Tharani only managed fifth, Parekh was happy to start on pole and credited his team for the overhaul after the morning session.
“In the morning, grip levels were low but it improved dramatically for qualifying and the car felt great,” Parekh said after qualifying.
“The start will be important, so will make sure I get off the line quickly and take it after that,” speaking on the race one for Sunday.
Home hero Arjun Narendran missed out on the front row but was confident of a podium finish, “Qualifying was a little tricky and it was not my best lap so third position is the best.
“Tomorrow, I will try to push but it will be hard to match Goutham [Parekh],” Narendran being cautious for race one.
The Coimbatore based driver is not only driving in the MRF 1600 but also competing in the Indian Touring Car championship this weekend.