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Ferrari junior Camara claims his first FREC pole at Spa

by Ida Wood

Photo: Prema

Ferrari junior Rafael Camara claimed his first Formula Regional European Championship pole at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Prema driver did actually top qualifying for the season opener at Imola, but yellow flag infringements meant he lost his fastest lap and so he has had to wait until round four to actually start a race from pole.

Camara was in the faster Group A in the second qualifying session at Spa, and it was Group B who headed out first on what was deemed a wet track.

ART Grand Prix’s series returnee Hadrien David laid down the early pace, with Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli then posting a 2m16.696s benchmark.

He was shuffled down to fifth as others improved on the drying track, with Race Performance Motorsport’s Maceo Capietto going to the top by being the first into the 2m15s, but returned to first place with his third flying lap as he set a 2m15.808s.

With three minutes to go he was toppled again as R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz went fastest by 0.132 seconds, and KIC Motorsport’s Maya Weug improved in third to sit 0.013s off Antonelli’s pace.

Tramnitz’s final lap extended his advantage to 0.254s, while Antonelli had improved in the first sector, gone fastest of anyone in the second and then encountered traffic and yellow flags in the final corners which cost him a shot at pole and is now under investigation.

Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa was first to the top the times in Group A, and the drying of the track was proven as Martinius Stenshorne beat team-mate Tramnitz’s Group B benchmark on just his second lap.

His 2m15.472s effort kept him on top until Camara set a 2m15.282s with just over three-and-a-half minutes left of qualifying, and on his final lap Stenshorne failed to match Camara despite improving to 2m15.396s.

When Camara met the chequered flag he lowered the pace to 2m15.110s, while R-P-M’s Santiago Ramos moved past Fluxa and Arden’s Joshua Duerksen into third in their group.

It means Camara and Tramnitz will share the front row for race one today, while title rivals Stenshorne and Antonelli are on row two.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Group B Group A
1 Rafael Camara Prema 2m15.110s
2 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 2m15.554s
3 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 2m15.396s
4 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 2m15.808s
5 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 2m15.443s
6 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 2m15.821s
7 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 2m15.500s
8 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 2m15.970s
9 Joshua Duerksen Arden 2m15.625s
10 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport 2m16.250s
11 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 2m15.813s
12 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.274s
13 Nikhil Bohra Trident 2m15.829s
14 Roman Bilinski Trident 2m16.359s
15 Tom Lebbon Arden 2m15.893s
16 Mikhael Belov G4 Racing 2m16.377s
17 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.045s
18 Owen Tangavelou Trident 2m16.651s
19 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 2m16.138s
20 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m16.660s
21 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 2m16.265s
22 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 2m16.834s
23 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 2m16.378s
24 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 2m16.894s
25 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 2m16.524s
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 2m16.992s
27 Esteban Masson Sainteloc Racing 2m16.681s
28 Levente Revesz Arden 2m17.301s
29 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.802s
30 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 2m17.492s
31 Lucas Medina Sainteloc Racing 2m17.054s
32 Alex Partyshev KIC Motorsport 2m17.540s
33 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 2m17.182s
34 Adam Fitzgerald R-P-M 2m17.565s