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De Vries takes second Paul Ricard pole

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Fran?ois Flamand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Photo: Fran?ois Flamand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship leader Nyck de Vries has edged closer towards securing the drivers’ title by taking pole position for the second race of the penultimate round at Paul Ricard.

De Vries was again quickest among the Group A runners, which allowed him to take his second pole of the weekend.

In the earlier Group B session, it was ART Junior Team’s Aurelien Panis who ran the show, maintaining the top step with several solid successive laps and eventually ensuring a front row start.

Koiranen driver Ignazio D’Agosto was second in group with KTR’s Alex Albon in third. Fortec’s Martin Rump produced his best qualifying performance of the year in fourth, while Ryan Tveter rounded out the top five.

It didn’t take long for Group A drivers to beat the Group B benchmark, which was done by de Vries. Egor Orudzhev then briefly popped into first, but a subsequent improvement from de Vries granted the Dutchman pole by two tenths.

Orudzhev took second in group, ahead of Josef Kaufmann Racing drivers Kevin Jorg and Gustav Malja, with Prema’s Hans Villemi bringing up the top five.

De Vries will be crowned champion in today’s race if he is not significantly outscored by either Dennis Olsen or Andrea Pizzitola, who are set to start 16th and 13th respectively.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Group B Group A
1 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 2:03.040
2 Aurelien Panis ART Junior Team 2:03.419
3 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 2:03.256
4 Ignazio D’Agosto Koiranen GP 2:03.675
5 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:03.505
6 Alexander Albon KTR 2:03.772
7 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:03.639
8 Martin Rump Fortec Motorsports 2:03.848
9 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam 2:03.779
10 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:03.871
11 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport 2:03.953
12 Levin Amweg ART Junior Team 2:03.911
13 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport 2:03.962
14 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 2:03.965
15 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 2:04.205
16 Dennis Olsen Prema Powerteam 2:04.025
17 Gregor Ramsay KTR 2:04.433
18 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 2:04.332
19 Simon Gachet ART Junior Team 2:04.539
20 Jules Gounon AVF 2:04.402
21 Matt Parry Fortec Motorsports 2:04.637
22 Louis Deletraz AVF 2:04.657
23 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 2:05.034
24 Callan O’Keeffe KTR 2:04.867
25 Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing 2:05.178
26 Hong Li Ye Koiranen GP 2:05.360
27 James Allen KTR 2:05.416