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Esteban Ocon takes maiden Eurocup pole

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon has scored his maiden pole today at Moscow Raceway, topping Group B with a time of 1:31.451.

With Group B kicking off their runs first, Ocon posted a number of strong laps before completely dominating the opposition with his best lap. His main rival, Oliver Rowland, managed to get closer to the time set by Ocon in the closng stages of the session, but ultimately had to settle for second in the group.

Group A was, yet again, topped by Pierre Gasly, who continuously improved on his laptimes throughout the session yet ultimately came about a tenth short of matching Ocon’s Group B clincher. Ignazio D’Agosto emerged as a group frontrunner as well, consistently rivaling Gasly before taking second, which the Italian and the KTR team seemed very happy with.

In Group B, the top five was wrapped up by Mikko Pakari, Egor Orudzhev and Bruno Bonifacio. Meanwhile, late-lappers Oscar Tunjo, Jake Dennis and Luca Ghiotto completed the top five in Group A.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Group B Group A
1 Esteban Ocon ART Junior Team 1:31.451
2 Pierre Gasly Tech 1 Racing 1:31.543
3 Oliver Rowland Manor MP Motorsport 1:31.526
4 Ignazio D’Agosto KTR 1:31.775
5 Mikko Pakari Fortec Motorsports 1:31.999
6 Oscar Tunjo Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:31.851
7 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 1:32.010
8 Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsports 1:31.908
9 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 1:32.076
10 Luca Ghiotto Prema Powerteam 1:31.912
11 Matthieu Vaxiviere Tech 1 Racing 1:32.126
12 Ed Jones Fortec Motorsports 1:32.045
13 Andrea Pizzitola ART Junior Team 1:32.146
14 Alex Albon KTR 1:32.054
15 Alex Baron ART Junior Team 1:32.217
16 Steijn Schothorst Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:32.173
17 Benjamin Bailly RC Formula 1:32.429
18 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 1:32.231
19 Javier Merlo Manor MP Motorsport 1:32.471
20 Victor Franzoni Koiranen GP 1:32.250
21 Konstantin Tereshchenko Interwetten.com Racing 1:32.480
22 Simon Tirman ARTA Engineering 1:32.260
23 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:32.519
24 William Vermont ARTA Engineering 1:32.287
25 Guilherme Silva Koiranen GP 1:32.534
26 Levin Amweg Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.335
27 Yu Kanamaru KTR 1:32.571
28 Aurelien Panis RC Formula 1:32.376
29 Hans Villemi Atech Reid GP 1:32.930
30 Jack Aitken Manor MP Motorsport 1:32.449
31 Denis Korneev Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.245
32 Kevin Jorg Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.484
33 Alex Bosak Atech Reid GP 1:34.303
34 Roman Mavlanov RC Formula 1:32.752
35 Leo Roussel ARTA Engineering 1:32.832