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Goethe on Red Bull Ring pole in Euroformula

by Ida Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

Euroformula championship leader Oliver Goethe netted his sixth pole of the season in Red Bull Ring qualifying.

While several of his rivals lost many of their laptimes to track limits violations, Goethe kept it clean to take pole by 0.123 seconds from Vlad Lomko, who drives for Motopark’s Japanese offshoot CryptoTower Racing Team.

Lomko initially set the pace with a 1m25.314s lap, with Goethe knocking him off top spot with a 1m24.759s on his third lap.

The Motopark driver improved on that further, setting a 1m24.321s, with CryptoTower’s Christian Mansell also getting into the 1m24s early on.

As the track rubbered in the pace improved, and it looked like there would be multiple contenders for pole on the second runs. BVM Racing’s Francesco Simonazzi rose to second place with four minutes to go, then a minute later Mansell put himself on provisional pole with a 1m24.288s lap.

Lomko bettered that by a tenth and a half, but he had exceeded track limits at Turn 10 and so had that laptime and his next one deleted. That put Mansell back in first place ahead of Goethe with less than two minutes remaining, but Goethe’s next lap was good enough to put him back ahead as he broke into the 1m23s.

Mansell crossed the line and improved too but stayed in second place, and going into the final minute CryptoTower’s Josh Mason demoted Lomko to fourth. Mason had spent much of the first half of qualifying sat in the pits.

There was time for one more lap as the chequered flag came out, and several drivers improved further. Goethe was one of few who didn’t, but he remained on pole as Lomko’s final effort was 0.123s slower than his.

Mansell set a new personal best to qualify third, just 0.013s off the front row, and Mason pitted from fourth place.

Motopark’s Frederick Lubin and Simonazzi were half a second back in fifth and sixth, and Ayrton Simmons qualified seventh on his and Drivex School’s series return but was over a second off pole with little pre-event preparation.

His team-mate Daniel Nogales, a Spanish Formula 4 graduate, was slowest on his debut qualifying session and had a brief off too.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oliver Goethe Motopark 1m23.908s 12
2 Vlad Lomko CryptoTower 1m24.031s +0.123s 12
3 Christian Mansell CryptoTower 1m24.044s +0.136s 12
4 Josh Mason CryptoTower 1m24.222s +0.314s 10
5 Frederick Lubin Motopark 1m24.437s +0.529s 12
6 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m24.472s +0.564s 12
7 Ayrton Simmons Drivex School 1m25.091s +1.183s 12
8 Alex Garcia Motopark 1m25.509s +1.601s 10
9 Daniel Nogales Drivex School 1m25.763s +1.855s 14