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Malja loses front row slot after technical issue

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Gustav Malja has lost his front row grid slot after his Strakka Racing car was found to be too low after qualifying.

The stewards found that the Swede’s car’s ride height was below the legal limit, which means he falls from what would have been second on the grid to twentieth and last.

“The floor was very slightly under the limit,” revealed Strakka Racing’s Chief Engineer Mike Henderson. “We checked it last night and everything was OK. It’s obviously very disappointing.

“Gustav did do a fantastic job, though. It was one of the best performances from a rookie making his debut that I think World Series has seen. You can’t take that away from him.”

Malja’s demotion means that Oliver Rowland will join Matthieu Vaxiviere on the front row, with Meindert van Buuren and Jazeman Jaafar now third and fourth.

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