Returning to the racing track after almost a year on the sidelines, India's promising driver Akhil Khushlani put in a commendable performance to qualify in sixth place at the Silverstone circuit during Round 9 of the JK Racing Asia Series.
Malaysia's Afiq Ikhwan claimed pole,while Hiqmar Danial, who changed his team from Eurasia Motorsport to Eurointernational this weekend, will start on the front row of the grid alongside Ikhwan.
Current championship leader, Nabil Jeffri set the third fastest time but was given a one grid demotion for having four wheels off the track edge twice during the session.
Fellow Malaysian and Eurointernational teammate, Irfan Ilyas, was given a two grid demotion for the same infringement which he repeated four times. The penalties pushed Tan Wei Ron up the grid to third while Khushlani and Briton Jack Dex moved up to fifth and sixth respectively leaving Ilyas in seventh.
Speaking after the qualifying session, Kushlani said, "I qualified sixth and I am actually quite happy with my result as I did not manage the practice."
"It's a very nice circuit, it's very fast and physical and I think every driver enjoys it, so do I. You don't really get this weather in the UK so we are really lucky this weekend with 25 degrees and sunshine the whole day, so we'll try to make full use of it.
Being one second off the pole position after one year of not driving, I feel good and confident. I am going to play catch up for the races and see how it pans out," he added.