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Baptista scores pole at Spielberg in Saturday EF Open qualifying

by Gruz David


Vitor Baptista will start the first Euroformula Open race at Spielberg from pole position.

The Brazilian, who topped qualifying for the third time this season, showed strong form throughout the entire session, leading the way from the early minutes.

Although a late charge from Yu Kanamaru saw the Japanese dethroning him late in the session,?Baptista reclaimed first in a confident manner.

He ended up more than two tenths clear, with West-Tec’s Yarin Stern as his closest chaser.

The Israeli, who is chasing his first victory in the championship, was just ahead of top F3 rookie Diego Menchaca and teammate Tanart Sathienthirakul.

Unable to improve during the closing stages, Kanamaru dropped down to fifth, joining championship leader Konstantin Tereshchenko on the third row of the grid.

Practice pacesetter Leonardo Pulcini took seventh, as the top ten was completed by three RP drivers in Pole Igor Walilko, Guatemalan Andres Saravia and Italian Damiano Fioravanti.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 1:27.136 19
2 Yarin Stern Team West-Tec 1:27.396 0.260 19
3 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 1:27.410 0.274 20
4 Tanart Sathienthirakul Team West-Tec 1:27.442 0.306 17
5 Yu Kanamaru EmilioDeVillota Motorsport 1:27.506 0.370 20
6 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:27.585 0.449 19
7 Leonardo Pulcini DAV Racing 1:27.645 0.509 12
8 Igor Walilko RP Motorsport 1:27.877 0.741 19
9 Andres Saravia RP Motorsport 1:27.900 0.764 19
10 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 1:28.195 1.059 19
11 Antoni Ptak RP Motorsport 1:28.285 1.149 19
12 Alexey Chuklin Corbetta Competizioni 1:28.436 1.300 15
13 Jose Manuel Vilalta EmilioDeVillota Motorsport 1:28.518 1.382 19
14 Ahmad Al Ghanem Campos Racing 1:28.588 1.452 19
15 Henrique Baptista Campos Racing 1:28.861 1.725 17
16 Parth Ghorpade DAV Racing 1:29.274 2.138 20