CryptoTower Racing Team continued its unbeaten run in Euroformula qualifying this year, with Lukas Dunner taking pole for the series’ first race at Mugello.
Rain inflicted the early morning qualifying session, and laptimes barely improved from the first ‘flying laps’ set by Dunner’s points-leading team-mate Yifei Ye.
Carlin’s debuting Ben Barnicoat was then next to the front, before Motopark’s Niklas Krutten and then Carlin team-mate Ido Cohen took a few tenths out each of his time to take provisional pole.
A second improvement by Krutten brought laptimes into the 1m55s, still 20 seconds off the free practice pace, and Cohen then pipped him by a tenth to take back pole.
There was then a brief spell where the rain fully abated, and Dunner took half a second out of Cohen’s lap to move into pole position. For the next 10 minutes the rain returned though, and there were only two changes in the top 10.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner set two late flyers to bring himself up to second place, while Barnicoat moved himself up to sixth.
Dunner ended up being on pole by 0.243s over Estner, with Krutten a further thousandth of a second back in third place.
Ye was fourth, his worst qualifying of the year, and Carlin duo Cohen and Barnicoat were fifth and sixth.
Drivex School’s Glenn van Berlo continued his impressive free practice form to qualify seventh, with Carlin’s third car driven by Zane Maloney the last driver within a second of pole in eighth place.
Frontrunner Manuel Maldonado ended up slowest of all, 2.880s off the pace.
|2||Andreas Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m55.616s||+0.243s||12|
|7||Glenn van Berlo||Drivex School||1m56.260s||+0.887s||12|
|9||Alexandre Bardinon||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m57.138s||+1.765s||11|
|11||Sebastian Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m57.399s||+2.026s||11|