Karthikeyan secured pole position with a lap time of 1:18.330, while his Italian teammate Vittorio Ghirelli was two-tenths behind at the Nurburgring Circuit.
In the 45-minute practice session preceding qualifying, Narain and his Super Nova team worked on sorting the balance on both medium and soft Kumho compounds allocated for the weekend.
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