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Colombo claims pole for second Eurocup race at Hockenheim

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Clement Luck / DPPI

Lorenzo Colombo secured his second Formula Renault Eurocup pole position of the season at Hockenheim.

After qualifying on pole and leading every lap of the first race of the weekend, Caio Collet could only go ninth fastest in qualifying two after his team worked on a clutch issue that was spotted before the session.

Main title rival Victor Martins, who leads the points, fared far better and qualified second.

Collet topped the times early in the session with a 1m37.877s, a lap only 0.4s slower than his final time of the morning.

ART Grand Prix’s Martins soon jumped up the order to take provisional pole and spent the second half of the session swapping fastest laps with Bhaitech’s Colombo – who also took pole last time out at Imola and initially looked like he would miss this weekend’s on-track action,

At one point Colombo managed to set purple sectors one and two before hitting traffic and abandoning the lap, but he found more improvements on the following lap to secure his place at the top of the order.

Colombo was the only driver to lap sub-1m37s, taking pole with a 1m36.956s lap. Martins improved on his final lap of the session, but could only get within 0.066s of Colombo’s time.

His ART team-mate Paul Aron took third, ahead of MP Motorsport pair Hadrien David and Franco Colapinto.

Arden’s Alex Quinn had a quiet session to end the morning sixth, while FA Racing’s Tijmen van der Helm put in another strong performance in seventh.

Arden’s Reshad de Gerus qualified eighth, but a two place grid penalty for an incident in Saturday’s race that drops him back to 10th on the grid. The penalty promotes Collet and R-ace GP team-mate Mikhael Belov to eighth and ninth respectively.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m36.956s
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m37.022s +0.066s
3 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m37.149s +0.193s
4 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m37.198s +0.242s
5 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m37.226s +0.270s
6 Alex Quinn Arden 1m37.255s +0.299s
7 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m37.323s +0.367s
8 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m37.412s +0.456s
9 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m37.439s +0.483s
10 Mikhael Belov R-ace GP 1m37.471s +0.515s
11 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m37.526s +0.570s
12 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m37.539s +0.583s
13 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m37.603s +0.647s
14 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m37.773s +0.817s
15 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m37.852s +0.896s
16 Petr Ptacek MP Motorsport 1m37.914s +0.958s
17 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m38.488s +1.532s
18 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m38.799s +1.843s