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Aron pips David to take pole for FREC’s second Spa race

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Sebastiaan Rozendaal / DPPA

Paul Aron took pole for Saturday’s second Formula Regional European Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps, going fastest in Group A to edge Group B’s top runner Hadrien David by 0.058 seconds.

Aron set his fastest time on his fourth lap of the 15-minute session, moving ahead of Prema team-mate Dino Beganovic at the top of the times.

Ferrari junior Beganovic held on to second place meaning he will line up third on the grid, while title rival Gabriele Mini will start 10th after a difficult qualifying.

R-ace GP’s David quickly asserted himself at the top of Group B, and despite a wide moment at Fagnes held on to top the group from his team-mate Gabriel Bortoleto.

Tim Tramnitz continued his recent strong run of form to go third in Group A and fifth on the grid with Trident team-mates Leonardo Fornaroli and Roman Bilinski lining up eighth and 11th.

Lining up alongside Tramnitz on row three will be Owen Tangavelou in his second outing for Race Performance Motorsport. Tangavelou ran consistently in the leading group, looking particularly rapid in the lap’s first sector up to Les Combes.

Dudu Barrichello maintained his practice pace to go fourth in Group A, just ahead of MP Motorsport’s new signing Mari Boya.

The team that Boya left, ART Grand Prix, struggled with its three drivers. Mini never looked like challenging at the front and had to settle for fifth in the slower Group B, and although he did look on course to better his time with his final lap he then encountered traffic in the twistier middle of the lap and failed to improve.

His team-mates Laurens van Hoepen and Esteban Masson, Boya’s replacement, only made the grid’s 10th and 11th rows.

G4 Racing’s Axel Gnos did not take to the track after his accident in free practice.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Group A Group B
1 Paul Aron Prema 2m15.786s
2 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m15.844s
3 Dino Beganovic Prema 2m15.973s
4 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 2m15.897s
5 Tim Tramnitz Trident 2m16.331s
6 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M 2m15.954s
7 Eduardo Barrichello Arden 2m16.496s
8 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 2m15.999s
9 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 2m16.536s
10 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 2m16.258s
11 Roman Bilinski Trident 2m16.542s
12 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.260s
13 Sebastian Montoya Prema 2m16.572s
14 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 2m16.287s
15 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.631s
16 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 2m16.348s
17 Noel Leon Arden 2m16.654s
18 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport 2m16.415s
19 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 2m16.743s
20 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 2m16.426s
21 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix 2m16.845s
22 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 2m16.497s
23 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 2m17.053s
24 Joshua Duerksen Arden 2m16.676s
25 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP 2m17.136s
26 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing 2m17.072s
27 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 2m17.139s
28 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing 2m17.352s
29 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP 2m17.231
30 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 2m17.381s
31 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 2m18.128s
32 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 2m17.399s
33 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport 2m18.430s
34 Axel Gnos G4 Racing