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Lundgaard leads title rivals in second Eurocup qualifying at Hockenheim

by Bethonie Waring

Christian Lundgaard bounced back from a disappointing opening day at Hockenheim to claim pole for the second Formula Renault Eurocup race of the weekend.

Out in the second group, Lundgaard swapped fastest times with Eliseo Martinez, Charles Milesi, Yifei Ye, and Oscar Piastri in wet conditions.

As the track dried, he was able to surpass the 1m39.237s benchmark set by championship leader Max Fewtrell in the first qualifying group. The track times continued to plummet as the session wore on, and Lundgaard ended the session with a 1m38.080s lap to take his first pole since the Hungaroring two rounds ago.

Ye jumped to second in the group with his final lap of the session, ending the morning just 0.022s behind Lundgaard. Piastri, Logan Sargeant, and Milesi rounded out the top five in the group.

Fewtrell waited until the very end of the opening session to jump from outside the top five up to first place. For most of the session, it was Clement Novalak, Victor Martins, and Alex Peroni swapping times at the top of the order.

MP Motorsport driver Peroni occupied the top spot in the closing stages of the session, only for Fewtrell to beat his time by just 0.028s with his penultimate lap of the morning. The new points leader managed to lower the benchmark again before the chequered flag fell, but it wasn?t enough to keep him on pole and he?ll line up for this afternoon?s race second.

Neil Verhagen took second in the group as he took the chequered flag, 0.474s behind Fewtrell, while Peroni, Thomas Maxwell, and Martins rounded out the top 5.

After a strong start to the session, Novalak dropped back to eighth in the group as others found improvements.

Northern European Cup champion Doureid Ghattas took class pole down in 24th place.


Qualifying results
Group A ? Group B
1 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 1m38.080 1 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP 1m39.237
2 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m38.102 2 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing 1m39.711
3 Oscar Piastri Arden 1m38.184 3 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport 1m39.750
4 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP 1m38.476 4 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport 1m39.785
5 Charles Milesi R-ace GP 1m38.486 5 Victor Martins R-ace GP 1m39.885
6 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing 1m38.501 6 Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing 1m39.932
7 Eliseo Martinez AV Formula 1m38.540 7 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport 1m40.065
8 Freek Schothorst MP Motorsport 1m38.796 8 Clement Novalak Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m40.406
9 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports 1m38.893 9 Axel Matus AV Formula 1m40.541
10 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports 1m38.905 10 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports 1m40.633
11 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing 1m39.064 11 Sami Taoufik Arden 1m40.686
12 Nikita Volegov Arden 1m39.224 12 Doureid Ghattas Anders Motorsport 1m40.869
13 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport 1m39.530 13 Christian Munoz AV Formula 1m40.906
14 Phil Hill ScoRace Team 1m39.724 14 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team 1m51.007
15 Gabriel Gandula R-ace GP 1m39.796