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Camara grabs last-lap FREC pole at Monza to edge surprise Amand

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: FRECA

Prema’s Rafael Camara will start the first Formula Regional European Championship race at Monza from pole, having topped the times in qualifying with a last-gasp lap.

The Ferrari junior will line up alongside ART Grand Prix’s Marcus Amand on the front row. The Sauber junior headed the times in Group A, but Camara’s late effort in Group B beat his best laptime by 0.126 seconds.

G4 Racing’s Alessandro Giusti maintained his impressive recent from to grab a second-row grid slot, alongside Prema’s championship leader Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

Amand benefitted from a tow from MP Motorsport’s Sami Meguetounif to pip Antonelli by one tenth of a second in the opening 15-minute session for Group A.

He had been on the pace throughout, and went fastest with a 1m47.565s set with just under five minutes to go. His time at the top was brief as Antonelli put in a 1m47.258s, with R-ace GP’s Tramnitz improving as well to go third.

Race Performance Motorsport’s Maceo Capietto jumped to second ahead of ART GP’s Laurens van Hoepen, before the last lap improvements from Amand and Tramnitz dropped him back to fourth. Meguetounif’s final effort moved him up to fifth, relegating van Hoepen to sixth at the chequered flag.

Tymek Kucharczyk, making his debut with Sainteloc Racing, spent most of the session in the pits and qualified 34th having failed to set a competitive laptime. He will likely be granted permission to race based on his practice pace.

Camara and G4 Racing’s Michael Belov set the early pace when Group B hit the track next, with Giusti moving up to third with four minutes to go of their session.

In the final minute, Giusti set a 1m47.270s to go top of the times, 0.063s ahead of Camara. However, the Ferrari junior was not to be denied, going fastest in sectors two, three and four to set the fastest lap of anyone and claim pole.

FREC debutant Noah Stromsted impressed with R-P-M, running in fourth in the closing stages, although late improvements from Trident’s Owen Tangavelou and MP’s Victor Bernier, pushed him back to sixth in the group by the finish.

Antonelli’s closest title rival Martinius Stenshorne will face a tough afternoon after qualifying on the 10th row, as a lack of straightline speed led to him struggling. His top speed of 251.2kph was over 10kph down on the fastest drivers through the speed trap.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Group A Group B
1 Rafael Camara Prema 1m47.029s
2 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m47.155s
3 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m47.270s
4 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m47.258s
5 Michael Belov G4 Racing 1m47.374s
6 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m47.312s
7 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m47.478s
8 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m47.493s
9 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport 1m47.487s
10 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m47.537s
11 Noah Stromsted R-P-M 1m47.548s
12 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m47.538s
13 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m47.626s
14 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m47.680s
15 Hadrien David Monolite Racing 1m47.630s
16 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m47.698s
17 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m47.695s
18 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.801s
19 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m48.106s
20 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m47.929s
21 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m48.159s
22 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m48.239s
23 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m48.319s
24 Esteban Masson Sainteloc Racing 1m48.269s
25 Jesse Carrasquedo Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.417s
26 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m48.259s
27 Levente Revesz Arden 1m48.651s
28 Pierre-Alexandre Provost G4 Racing 1m48.351s
29 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 1m48.828s
30 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.498s
31 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m48.943s
32 Ivan Klymenko KIC Motorsport 1m48.951s
33 William Karlsson KIC Motorsport 1m49.270s
34 Tymek Kucharczyk Sainteloc Racing 1m59.570s