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Aron pips van’t Hoff to FREC pole in fog-delayed Barcelona qualifying

by Ida Wood

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / DPPA

Prema’s Paul Aron claimed pole for the first Formula Regional European Championship race at Barcelona in a fog-delayed qualifying session.

The early morning disruption to the Saturday timetable meant FREC’s 35-car field ran in one qualifying session together rather than being split into two groups, and it was an incredibly busy track once everyone was setting laps.

G4 Racing’s Axel Gnos was one of the first out of the pits and at the front of the queue he was able to set the initial pace. But it was the drivers at the very end of the 35-car queue that were fastest, being able to benefit from a slipstream but not have too much traffic, and R-ace GP’s Gabriel Bortoleto took over at the top.

The field managed to spread itself out a bit by the time everyone was on their third flying laps, and Dilano van’t Hoff briefly went fastest before Arden’s Eduardo Barrichello set a new benchmark.

There was then a flurry of drivers moving briefly into second place before FA Racing’s free practice pacesetter Victor Bernier set a 1m31.208s lap to take provisional pole. R-ace’s Hadrien David crossed the line after him to go second fastest.

Only a few drivers improved on their fourth laps, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort moving to the top thanks to a big tow from team-mate Joshua Dufek.

Next time around Barrichello went quickest again, only for Aron and Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli to then better him. Once Bernier came by he went even faster, becoming the first driver to break into the 1m40s as again not too many drivers improved.

David reclaimed second place with his sixth lap, then van’t Hoff provisionally snatched pole with a 1m40.934s seconds before the chequered flag came out. Barrichello was first to cross the line after that and went second fastest, then a minute later Aron came through with a 1m40.774s lap and clinched pole.

Fornaroli jumped to fourth shortly after, while Pierre-Louis Chovet ran off track.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Paul Aron Prema 1m40.774s 8
2 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m40.934s +0.160s 8
3 Eduardo Barrichello Arden 1m40.941s +0.167s 8
4 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m40.972s +0.198s 8
5 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP 1m40.977s +0.203s 8
6 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m40.983s +0.209s 8
7 Joshua Dufek VAR 1m41.043s +0.269s 8
8 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m41.085s +0.311s 8
9 Kas Haverkort VAR 1m41.134s +0.360s 8
10 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 1m41.140s +0.366s 8
11 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m41.156s +0.382s 8
12 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m41.175s +0.401s 8
13 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m41.190s +0.416s 8
14 Noel Leon Arden 1m41.214s +0.440s 8
15 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m41.221s +0.447s 8
16 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m41.252s +0.478s 8
17 Levente Revesz VAR 1m41.300s +0.526s 8
18 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M 1m41.312s +0.538s 7
19 Tim Tramnitz Trident 1m41.330s +0.556s 8
20 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix 1m41.346s +0.572s 8
21 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 1m41.370s +0.596s 8
22 Pierre-Louis Chovet R-P-M 1m41.379s +0.605s 8
23 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP 1m41.393s +0.619s 8
24 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m41.400s +0.626s 9
25 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m41.609s +0.835s 8
26 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m41.632s +0.858s 8
27 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 1m41.817s +1.043s 8
28 Sebastian Ogaard KIC Motorsport 1m42.009s +1.235s 8
29 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 1m42.191s +1.417s 7
30 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m42.216s +1.442s 9
31 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 1m42.259s +1.485s 7
32 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport 1m42.618s +1.844s 5
33 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport 1m42.703s +1.929s 8
34 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing 1m43.041s +2.267s 8
35 Amna Al Qubaisi Prema 1m46.404s +5.630s 8