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Eriksson beats Norris for Macau Grand Prix F3 pole

by Peter Allen

Photo: GCS

Joel Eriksson edged Lando Norris in second qualifying to take pole position for the Formula 3 World Cup at the Macau Grand Prix.

Prema pairing Callum Ilott and Maximilian Gunther took third and fourth respectively as the top four drivers from this year’s European championship locked out the front two rows.

It was interloper Dan Ticktum that was first to beat Norris’ benchmark from first qualifying of 2m11.570s, but Norris shattered that with a stunning 2m10.744s with 17 minutes left on the clock.

Having topped the earlier second practice session ahead of Motopark team-mate Ticktum, Eriksson managed to better Norris’ lap five minutes later by just 0.024 seconds.

With five minutes left on the clock, Guan Yu Zhou triggered a third red flag of the session, and Norris opted to remain in the pits after the restart.

Inside the final 30 seconds, just as Callum Ilott leapt up from fifth place to third, Macau veteran Yuhi Sekiguchi crashed right behind him at R-Bend to bring an early end to the session and confirm Eriksson as pole-sitter.

Ferdinand Habsburg also stayed in the pits at the final restart having damaged his car’s suspension shortly beforehand, but he still managed to hold on to fifth position behind Gunther.

Ticktum had been on a personal best lap when the penultimate stoppage came, but his early flyer was good enough for sixth position.

Mick Schumacher was an impressive seventh as the top Macau rookie, in front of Sekiguchi.

Sergio Sette Camara repeated his Fisherman’s crash from first qualifying during the middle of the session, but he still ended the session with ninth place, and Zhou took 10th.

The first red flag was also caused by a driver who came unstuck in first qualifying, as Jehan Daruvala crashed in the Solitude Esses.

Qualifying 2 results

Pos Name Team Best lap Gap Laps
1 Joel Eriksson Motopark 2:10.720 12
2 Lando Norris Carlin 2:10.744 0.024 13
3 Callum Ilott Prema 2:10.810 0.090 14
4 Maximilian Gunther Prema 2:11.156 0.436 12
5 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 2:11.245 0.525 12
6 Daniel Ticktum Motopark 2:11.437 0.717 12
7 Mick Schumacher Prema 2:11.483 0.763 13
8 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-Max 2:11.559 0.839 12
9 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 2:11.569 0.849 5
10 Guanyu Zhou Prema 2:11.781 1.061 11
11 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin 2:11.880 1.160 14
12 Tadasuke Makino Motopark 2:11.929 1.209 13
13 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 2:12.050 1.330 13
14 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin 2:12.349 1.629 14
15 Marino Sato Motopark 2:12.558 1.838 12
16 Kenta Yamashita B-Max 2:12.563 1.843 13
17 Ralf Aron Van Amersfoort Racing 2:12.644 1.924 13
18 Sho Tsuboi TOM?S 2:13.604 2.884 13
19 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 2:13.710 2.990 3
20 Ritomo Miyata TOM?S 2:13.721 3.001 13
21 Alex Palou Drago Corse 2:13.863 3.143 11