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Dunner continues CryptoTower’s Euroformula pole run at wet Mugello

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

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.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m55.373s 11
2 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.616s +0.243s 12
3 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m55.617s +0.244s 12
4 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m55.718s +0.345s 12
5 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m55.891s +0.518s 10
6 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 1m56.021s +0.648s 10
7 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m56.260s +0.887s 12
8 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m56.285s +0.912s 9
9 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m57.138s +1.765s 11
10 Cameron Das Motopark 1m57.228s +1.855s 11
11 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m57.399s +2.026s 11
12 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m57.589s +2.216s 12
13 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m58.253s +2.880s 12