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Belov on pole, Saucy struggles in qualifying for first FREC race at Spa

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Formula Regional by Alpine

Michael Belov bounced back from a poor morning qualifying to take a dominant pole position for race one in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine at Spa.

Belov, who had been fastest in both Friday test sessions, finished over half a second clear of R-ace GP pair of Hadrien David and Isack Hadjar.

In dry conditions, G4 Racing driver Belov was the only driver to get under 2m16s in the 20-minute session. He moved to the top of the times with his third lap and subsequently improved his time further to ensure the top spot.

Rookie Dino Beganovic put in an amazing last lap to jump ahead of Prema Powerteam team-mate Paul Aron and R-ace GP’s Zane Maloney to take an impressive fourth place.

The third row on the grid will be occupied by Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) and David Vidales (Prema Powerteam). William Alatalo of Arden took ninth ahead of Finnish compatriot Patrik Pasma, who was the fastest of the ART Grand Prix trio on his first weekend with the team.

Team-mate Gabriele Mini, second in the morning session, could do no better than 12th. He was not alone in struggling to repeat his earlier result. Having starred in the morning session, rookies Elias Seppanen, Kas Haverkort and Dexter Patterson finished down the order in 19th, 21st and 22nd places respectively.

For the first time since Monaco back in May, championship leader Gregoire Saucy will start a race from a position other than pole.

Saucy seemed to struggle throughout the session and ended up down in 24th place, 2.216s down on Belov. He was held up by Nico Gohler on one lap and then ran wide at Stavelot on his final tour.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Michael Belov G4 Racing 2m15.760s 8
2 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m16.262s +0.502s 9
3 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 2m16.407s +0.647s 9
4 Dino Beganovic Prema 2m16.471s +0.711s 9
5 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 2m16.593s +0.833s 9
6 Paul Aron Prema 2m16.604s +0.844s 9
7 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 2m16.717s +0.957s 9
8 David Vidales Prema 2m16.758s +0.998s 9
9 William Alatalo Arden 2m16.803s +1.043s 9
10 Patrik Pasma ART Grand Prix 2m16.895s +1.135s 9
11 Alex Quinn Arden 2m17.056s +1.296s 9
12 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 2m17.118s +1.358s 9
13 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing 2m17.251s +1.491s 9
14 Ido Cohen JD Motorsport 2m17.378s +1.618s 9
15 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 2m17.383s +1.623s 9
16 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 2m17.404s +1.644s 9
17 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 2m17.614s +1.854s 8
18 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 2m17.640s +1.880s 9
19 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 2m17.667s +1.907s 9
20 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP 2m17.701s +1.941s 9
21 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 2m17.720s +1.960s 9
22 Dexter Patterson Monolite Racing 2m17.782s +2.022s 8
23 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 2m17.850s +2.090s 9
24 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 2m17.976s +2.216s 9
25 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 2m17.978s +2.218s 9
26 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 2m18.178s +2.418s 9
27 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP 2m18.220s +2.460s 9
28 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 2m18.283s +2.523s 9
29 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 2m18.318s +2.558s 9
30 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 2m18.624s +2.864s 8
31 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 2m18.625s +2.865s 9
32 Jasin Ferati KIC Motorsport 2m18.644s +2.884s 9
33 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 2m19.375s +3.615s 9