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Collet leads Martins in first Eurocup qualifying at Hockenheim

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: François Flamand / DPPI

Caio Collet led title rival Victor Martins in qualifying for the first Formula Renault Eurocup race at the Hockenheimring.

Collet secured his fist pole position since September’s Zandvoort round and only his third pole position of the season with a 1m36.833s lap time.

The R-ace GP driver spent much of the session at the top of the order, though was briefly displaced by Martins mid-way through qualifying.

Collet continued to find improvements to reclaim the top spot, ending the morning as the first driver to lap quicker than 1m37s.

Martins joined Collet in the sub-1m37s range with his final lap of the session, putting himself 0.117s behind.

Alex Quinn was the quickest rookie in third. He had been swapping positions with Collet and Martins throughout the morning but couldn’t quite match their pace and ended the session 0.201s behind Collet.

Paul Aron and Franco Colapinto took fourth and fifth ahead of early pacesetter Tijmen van der Helm.

David Vidales had a difficult session, only managing to put himself 13th overall and briefly causing traffic problems for fellow rookie Quinn early in the session. He will also take a two-place grid penalty for the collision that took Collet out of the second race at Imola.

Hadrien David set consistent strong laps to take seventh ahead of Gregorie Saucy, Reshad de Gerus and Ugo de Wilde.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m36.833s
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m36.950s +0.117s
3 Alex Quinn Arden Motorsport 1m37.034s +0.201s
4 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m37.355s +0.522s
5 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m37.405s +0.572s
6 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m37.450s +0.617s
7 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m37.530s +0.697s
8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m37.546s +0.713s
9 Reshad de Gerus Arden Motorsport 1m37.554s +0.721s
10 Ugo de Wilde Arden Motorsport 1m37.588s +0.755s
11 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m37.678s +0.845s
12 Petr Ptacek MP Motorsport 1m37.714s +0.881s
13 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m37.802s +0.969s
14 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m37.978s +1.145s
15 Michael Belov R-ace GP 1m38.111s +1.278s
16 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m38.281s +1.448s
17 Lazlo Toth Bhaitech 1m38.973s +2.140s
18 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m39.016s +2.183s