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Martins bides time to take another Eurocup pole at Barcelona

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Formula Renault Eurocup championship leader Victor Martins took another pole at Barcelona, with the ART Grand Prix driver leaving it late to put in even representative laps.

The 20-minute session largely featured drivers doing several preparation laps with the track being relatively cold.

R-ace GP’s Caio Collet was the first to set a proper push lap, and the times began to get significantly quicker after that.

With five minutes to go, Martins put in his first proper flying lap to go third, and then his next lap of 1m42.636s was considerably quicker than anybody else. His final tour was no quicker, but he had done enough to secure his seventh pole of the season.

A very late lap by MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto elevated him to the front row, some three tenths behind Martins.

ART’s Paul Aron and Collet make up the second row, narrowly ahead of JD Motorsport’s David Vidales, Arden’s Alex Quinn and FA Racing’ Amaury Cordeel.

Gregoire Saucy (ART), Ugo de Wilde (Arden) and William Alatalo (JD) round out the top 10, narrowly ahead of debutant Kas Haverkort and fellow rookie Tijmen van der Helm.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m42.636s 8
2 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m42.938s +0.302s 9
3 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m42.979s +0.343s 8
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m43.059s +0.423s 8
5 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m43.064s +0.428s 10
6 Alex Quinn Arden 1m43.132s +0.496s 9
7 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m43.181s +0.545s 9
8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m43.321s +0.685s 8
9 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m43.340s +0.704s 9
10 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m43.525s +0.889s 9
11 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 1m43.540s +0.904s 9
12 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m43.562s +0.926s 9
13 Petr Ptacek R-ace GP 1m43.779s +1.143s 8
14 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m43.787s +1.151s 9
15 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m43.794s +1.158s 9
16 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m44.190s +1.554s 9
17 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m44.641s +2.005s 9
18 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m44.725s +2.089s 11