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Martins back on top in second Imola Eurocup qualifying

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jiri Krenek / DPPI

Victor Martins returned to form with pole position for the second Formula Renault Eurocup race of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend at Imola.

Martins was running at the sharp end of the field throughout qualifying and lowered the benchmark to 1m40.008s by the chequered flag.

The lap was enough to put him on pole by more than a tenth of a second, but championship rival Caio Collet will line up alongside him on the front row of the grid.

Collet, who briefly topped the times earlier in the session, ended the morning 0.150s slower than Martins.

Hadrien David set the pace early in the session, but dropped back down the order as others found improvements. He jumped back up to fourth late on, behind team-mate Franco Colapinto.

David Vidales took fifth ahead of the Arden trio of Ugo de Wilde, Alex Quinn and Reshad de Gerus.

After his strong performance on Saturday, Lorenzo Colombo could only manage 10th fastest, behind Petr Ptacek. His morning wasn’t helped when a moment over the kerbs briefly sent the Bhaitech driver airborne, but he managed to land on all four wheels.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m40.008s
2 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.150s
3 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport +0.194s
4 Hadrien David MP Motorsport +0.496s
5 David Vidales JD Motorsport +0.519s
6 Ugo de Wilde Arden +0.536s
7 Alex Quinn Arden +0.576s
8 Reshad de Gerus Arden +0.587s
9 Petr Ptacek MP Motorsport +0.736s
10 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech +0.803s
11 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +0.888s
12 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix +0.952s
13 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor +0.984s
14 William Alatalo JD Motorsport +1.022s
15 Michael Belov R-ace GP +1.108s
16 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor +1.193s
17 Abbi Pulling FA Racing by Manor +1.963s
18 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech +2.295s
19 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech No time