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Australian De Pasquale secures two poles on European debut

by Gruz David
Photo: Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior

Photo: Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior

Anton De Pasquale, 18, will start both races of the opening round of the 2014 Formula Renault 1.6 NEC series from pole position.

The early stages of the first qualifying of the season saw the reigning Australian Formula Ford champion De Pasquale and Larry ten Voorde fight it out for the first spot, one-upping each other several times, before the Australian finally set the benchmark time at the halfway point of the session.

Ten Voorde, who is embarking on his sophomore season in the championship, settled for a front row start, while Ferdinand Habsburg in third was the session’s best car rookie.

16-year-old Florian Janits took fourth, closely followed by Dutchman Janneau Esmeijer and rookie duo of Estonian Ralf Aron and Belgian Max Defourny.?The top ten was completed by Oliver Soderstrom, Paul Sieljes?and Boris Kolff.

The grid for the second race was determined by the second-best lap times of the session. De Pasquale managed to end up way clear of the rest in this classification as well, with Ten Voorde again starting alongside him.

The second, third and fourth row on the grid will be made up of the same drivers, albeit all of them will see the drivers line up on opposite sides from race one. Finally, Kolff and French F4 graduate Neal van Vaerenbergh will round out the top ten.

The series will take a break tomorrow ahead of the opening two races, which will take place on Monday.

Session results
Pos. Race 1 Time Pos. Race 2 Time
1 Anton De Pasquale 1:44.670 1 Anton De Pasquale 1:44.693
2 Larry ten Voorde 1:44.929 2 Larry ten Voorde 1:45.038
3 Ferdinand Habsburg 1:45.120 3 Florian Janits 1:45.376
4 Florian Janits 1:45.243 4 Ferdinand Habsburg 1:45.387
5 Janneau Esmeijer 1:45.352 5 Ralf Aron 1:45.541
6 Ralf Aron 1:45.462 6 Janneau Esmeijer 1:45.578
7 Max Defourny 1:45.744 7 Oliver Soderstrom 1:45.891
8 Oliver Soderstrom 1:45.807 8 Max Defourny 1:45.945
9 Paul Sieljes 1:45.975 9 Boris Kolff 1:46.060
10 Boris Kolff 1:46.059 10 Neal van Vaerenbergh 1:46.134
11 Neal van Vaerenbergh 1:46.113 11 Paul Sieljes 1:46.226
12 Simon Mirguet 1:46.331 12 Simon Mirguet 1:46.514
13 Pontus Fredricsson 1:46.459 13 Pontus Fredricsson 1:45.563
14 Cedric Piro 1:46.602 14 Cedric Piro 1:46.694