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Doohan takes F2 pole by two hundredths of a second

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Jack Doohan claimed pole for the Formula 2 feature race at Barcelona by just 0.023 seconds after Juri Vips posted a late flyer.

Hitech GP driver Vips was in 21st and last place going into the final minute of qualifying, but set the fastest middle sector of anyone on his final flying lap and his other two sectors were good enough to put him on the front row.

Jehan Daruvala set the pace early on with a 1m29.512s. That was lowered first by Felipe Drugovich and then by Doohan as the pair ran on a clear track while the rest of the field were in the pits.

Daruvala set a new benchmark on his second run, becoming the first driver to break into the 1m28s. But the Prema driver wouldn’t head out again for a third run, a gamble that didn’t pay off for the team.

Virtuosi Racing’s Doohan then posted a 1m28.612s, more than two tenths of a second quicker than Daruvala, and ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti knocked Daruvala further down the order, taking second before Vips’ late effort.

Daruvala would eventually end the session fourth ahead of Carlin’s Logan Sargeant.

Ayumu Iwasa had been on for a strong final lap but the DAMS driver ran into traffic as he tried to get round. He wouldn’t improve on his final lap and was left sixth. He starts ahead of Theo Pourchaire, Jake Hughes and Calan Williams.

MP Motorsport’s Drugovich takes pole for the reversed grid race after qualifying 10th.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m28.612s 9
2 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m28.635s +0.023s 8
3 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m28.852s +0.240s 11
4 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m28.884s +0.272s 8
5 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m28.967s +0.355s 11
6 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m28.977s +0.365s 11
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.001s +0.389s 11
8 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.067s +0.455s 11
9 Calan Williams Trident 1m29.164s +0.552s 9
10 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m29.190s +0.578s 7
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m29.205s +0.593s 11
12 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m29.367s +0.755s 9
13 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m29.375s +0.763s 8
14 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m29.381s +0.769s 8
15 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.381s +0.769s 11
16 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m29.488s +0.876s 11
17 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m29.515s +0.903s 10
18 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m29.885s +1.273s 10
19 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m29.927s +1.315s 10
20 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m30.216s +1.604s 9
21 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System 1m30.356s +1.744s 12
WD Ralph Boschung Campos Racing