Diriyah E-Prix: Frijns on pole ahead of race two in Saudi Arabia

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Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns took pole position by more than two tenths ahead of race two of the Formula E season-opening doubleheader in Saudi Arabia.

The Dutchman topped practice this morning and went fastest in group qualifying, before taking pole with the final lap of super pole, 0.289 seconds clear of Sergio Sette Camara.

The Geox Dragon driver starts second, with Jaguar’s Sam Bird third, the NIO 333 duo of Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist fourth and fifth, and Sette Camara’s teammate Nico Muller sixth.

Two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne will start seventh for DS Techeetah, having missed out on super pole by less than half a tenth, ahead of Sebastien Buemi in eighth, Alex Lynn in ninth and Antonio Felix Da Costa in 10th.

Rene Rast and Mitch Evans missed the cut-off point to start their flying laps and were unable to set a representative time as a result, while an incident in practice ruled Andre Lotterer out of the session.

Friday’s race winner Nyck de Vries, his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, Edo Mortara and Norman Nato also didn’t set a time, with the Mercedes EQ and Venturi drivers not allowed to qualify due to an ongoing investigation into their powertrain by the FIA following Mortara’s crash in practice.

Race two from the Diriyah Street Circuit goes green just after 8 pm local time (5 pm UK time).

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