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Bortolotti edges Melker to take second FA1 pole at Portimao

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Formula Acceleration

Photo: Formula Acceleration

Italian racer Mirko Bortolotti picked up his second pole of the FA1 opener at Portimao, narrowly beating out Dutchman Nigel Melker.

Bortolotti took over at the top halfway through the session and remained in the lead until checkered flag.

FR3.5 graduate Melker came as close as he possibly could’ve to dethroning the Italian, ending up just 0.001s short in second.

Felix Rosenqvist was 0.085s off the lead in third, while Richard Gonda was best of the rest in fourth, half a second down on the leaders.

German racer Sebastian Balthasar led Sergio Campana in fifth, with Armando Parente picking up seventh. Victor Garcia, Rodolfo Gonzalez and Oliver Campos-Hull rounded out the top ten.

Session results
Pos. Driver Time Gap Laps
1 Mirko Bortolotti 1:32.204 4
2 Nigel Melker 1:32.205 0.001 5
3 Felix Rosenqvist 1:32.289 0.085 6
4 Richard Gonda 1:32.790 0.586 10
5 Sebastian Balthasar 1:33.397 1.193 8
6 Sergio Campana 1:33.520 1.316 6
7 Armando Parente 1:34.060 1.856 9
8 Victor Garcia 1:34.590 2.386 10
9 Rodolfo Gonzalez 1:35.130 2.926 7
10 Oliver Campos-Hull 1:36.477 4.273 12
11 Luis Michael Dorrbecker 1:37.589 5.385 5
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