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Fredricsson takes double pole for Assen finale

by Gruz David
Photo: Chris Schotanus

Photo: Chris Schotanus

16-year-old Swedish youngster Pontus Fredricsson proved to be the quickest driver of the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC field in qualifying for the final round at Assen.

Fredricsson set his benchmark with about eight minutes remaining, which ended up enough for him to remain in first until the checkered flag. Championship contender Martin Rump got as close as it gets to Fredricsson’s time, but had to settle for second, 0.006s behind.

In another close contest, Paul Blomqvist edged Larry ten Voorde for third, while Janneau Esmeijer took fifth.

Patricio O’Ward and Tommy van Erp will start sixth and seventh respectively, as title contender Roy Geerts has to settle with eighth place on the grid, despite leading the first half of the session. The top ten is completed by Paul Sieljes and Oliver Soderstrom.

For the second and final race of the round, Fredricsson will also start from pole, ahead of Blomqvist and Rump, with championship leader Geerts in seventh.

Session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pontus Fredricsson Trackstar Racing 1:45.025 11
2 Martin Rump Scuderia Nordica 1:45.031 +0.006 11
3 Paul Blomqvist Trackstar Racing 1:45.144 +0.119 11
4 Larry ten Voorde Stuart Racing Team 1:45.196 +0.171 11
5 Janneau Esmeijer Provily Racing 1:45.469 +0.444 11
6 Patricio O’Ward Provily Racing 1:45.626 +0.601 11
7 Tommy van Erp Van Amersfoort Racing 1:45.692 +0.667 11
8 Roy Geerts Stuart Racing Team 1:45.744 +0.719 11
9 Paul Sieljes Stuart Racing Team 1:46.415 +1.390 11
10 Oliver Soderstrom Scuderia Nordica 1:46.811 +1.786 11
11 Otto Tjader Trackstar Racing 1:47.944 +2.919 11
12 Nico Otto Captain Racing 1:49.495 +4.470 7