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Crawford claims Euroformula pole at hot Imola

by Ida Wood

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Red Bull junior Jak Crawford took pole by over half a second in Euroformula qualifying at Imola.

The Motopark driver took pole at the circuit while racing in Italian Formula 4 in 2020, and that form continued this year in the Dallara 320 as he want fastest by over half a second.

His main rivals for pole were his team-mates Cameron Das and Roman Stanek, although the debuting Stanek had a tough session which ended with a crash that damaged the front-left of his car and meant qualifying was red flagged.

Everyone swapped tyres while the session was stopped, and when it restarted the rising temperatures made it difficult for drivers to improve. Crawford shaved a tenth off his best, setting a 1m34.886s, and was going even faster before a full course yellow period occurred in the final few minutes.

There was still time for flying laps to be set at the end, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Cem Bolukbasi briefly shifted Das out of second place. The series points leader responded with a lap that put him back on the front row, but still left him half a second down on Crawford.

Stanek’s short-lived qualifying experience meant he was shuffled down to sixth by CryptoTower Racing Team’s Louis Foster and VAR’s Rafael Villagomez.

Casper Stevenson was seventh fastest in the third of VAR’s cars, while CryptoTower’s Nazim Azman came eighth after sitting in fourth with a few minutes to go.

Drivex School’s debuting Branden Lee Oxley outqualified his team-mate Enzo Scionti down in 13th place.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jak Crawford Motopark 1m34.886s 11
2 Cameron Das Motopark 1m35.409s +0.523s 13
3 Cem Bolukbasi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.550s +0.664s 11
4 Louis Foster CryptoTower 1m35.639s +0.753s 13
5 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.022s +1.136s 11
6 Roman Stanek Motopark 1m36.136s +1.250s 4
7 Casper Stevenson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.310s +1.424s 13
8 Nazim Azman CryptoTower 1m36.327s +1.441s 10
9 Josh Mason Double R Racing 1m36.479s +1.593s 12
10 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m36.554s +1.668s 14
11 Filip Kaminiarz CryptoTower 1m36.576s +1.690s 10
12 Zdenek Chovanec Double R Racing 1m36.950s +2.064s 13
13 Branden Lee Oxley Drivex School 1m37.842s +2.956s 12
14 Enzo Scionti Drivex School 1m37.851s +2.965s 12