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Martins edges Eurocup rival Piastri to race one pole at Yas Marina

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Renault Sport Series

Victor Martins beat Formula Renault Eurocup title rival Oscar Piastri to race one pole by 0.002 seconds at Yas Marina.

MP Motorsport driver Martins continued his testing and free practice form to move into first place with eight-and-a-half minutes to go, seconds after team-mate Lorenzo Colombo became the first driver to lap in the 2m08s.

His advantage stood at nearly a second for almost a minute, until R-ace GP’s Piastri pumped in a lap for second place that was half a second off the pace.

With little over five minutes to go, Piastri put in a 2m08.326s lap that was 0.056s faster than Martins, but next time round the Renault junior responded to take pole by just 0.002s.

Championship leader Piastri did set a personal best first sector on his next lap, but by that point his tyres were beyond their best and there was too much traffic to make an improvement.

If Martins wins both races this weekend, he will do just enough to overcome Piastri’s 13.5-point championship lead.

Very few drivers bettered their best laps in the final five minutes bar Piastri’s team-mate Alexander Smolyar, who rose up to fourth behind Colombo.

Arden’s Sebastian Fernandez, M2 Competition’s Kush Maini and MP’s Matteo Nannini were all less than half a tenth behind Smolyar, while the fourth MP car of Amaury Cordeel was the last driver within a second of the pace in eighth.

Rookie champion Caio Collet was only 11th for R-ace GP, while inexperienced championship debutant Matthias Luethen improved on his free practice pace to be under six seconds off Martins at the back of the grid.

 

Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 2m08.324s
2 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.002s
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.477s
4 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.629s
5 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +0.630s
6 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.642s
7 Matteo Nannini MP Motorsport +0.671s
8 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.947s
9 Frank Bird Arden +1.052s
10 Patrik Pasma Arden +1.121s
11 Caio Collet R-ace GP +1.131s
12 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +1.398s
13 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +1.428s
14 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.519s
15 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +1.544s
16 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +1.577s
17 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +1.594s
17 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +1.762s
18 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +3.045s
19 Matthias Luethen Global Racing Service +5.677s