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Lorenzo Colombo claims pole in second Eurocup qualifying at Spa

by Bethonie Waring

Lorenzo Colombo denied championship leader Ye Yifei pole for the first Formula Renault Eurocup race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

Colombo and Ye spent the second qualifying session swapping places at the top of the order in Group A, with Colombo?s best time of the session coming as he took the chequered flag.

The JD Motorsport driver set a 2m19.400s, just two tenths of a second faster than what Ye had managed moments earlier.

The group format means Ye will start the first race third, with championship rival Max Fewtrell directly behind him in fifth.

Oscar Piastri managed strong times early in the session, but dropped down the order as time began to improve. He finished fourth in the group, ahead of R-ace GP?s Charles Milesi.

Richard Verschoor, who set the pace early in the session, could only manage sixth quickest.

Victor Martins beat Christian Lundgaard to go quickest in group B?s qualifying, the slower of the two groups.

Lundgaard spent most of the session in first place, but was pipped to the top spot in the closing moments.

Martins? 2m19.939s was only quick enough for second on the grid, denying the Frenchman a second career pole.

Lundgaard was second quickest in the group, ahead of Arthur Rougier and Logan Sargent, who spent much of the session battling for the position Lundgaard ended up taking.

Thomas Maxwell, fifth in the group, will line up 10th for the first race.

Phil Hill will lead the Northern European Cup quartet from 25th on the grid, with Anders Motorsport team-mate Doureid Ghattas lining up alongside him.


Qualifying results
Group A ? Group B
1 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport 2m19.400s 1 Victor Martins R-ace GP 2m19.939s
2 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing 2m19.610s 2 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 2m20.000s
3 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP 2m19.687s 3 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports 2m20.076s
4 Oscar Piastri Arden 2m19.820s 4 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP 2m20.145s
5 Charles Milesi R-ace GP 2m19.886s 5 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport 2m20.315s
6 Richard Verschoor Josef Kaufmann Racing 2m19.907s 6 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport 2m20.533s
7 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing 2m20.140s 7 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports 2m20.724s
8 Nikita Volegov Arden 2m20.269s 8 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing 2m20.900s
9 Jarno Opmeer MP Motorsport 2m20.296s 9 Eliseo Martinez AVF 2m20.905s
10 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports 2m20.596s 10 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport 2m21.035s
11 Sami Taoufik Arden 2m20.671s 11 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing 2m21.143s
12 Axel Matus AVF 2m21.126s 12 Xavier Lloveras AVF 2m21.583s
13 Phil Hill Anders Motorsport 2m21.277s 13 Douried Ghattas Anders Motorsport 2m22.615s
14 Christian Munoz AVF 2m21.336s 14 Gabriel Gandula R-ace GP 2m23.347s
15 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team 2m28.542s