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Victor Martins on pole for first Eurocup race at Spa

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Renault Sport

Victor Martins pipped Sebastian Fernandez to pole for the second Formula Renault Eurocup race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Arden’s Fernandez was sat at the top of the times when qualifying was red flagged with seven minute to go, due to a crash by Global Racing Service’s Alessio Deledda, and when the session was restarted the whole grid went out in tandem.

MP Motorsport led the train of cars, with Lorenzo Colombo gifting his team-mates Martins and Amaury Cordeel a tow in the time left to complete laps.

Martins benefited from this best, bettering Fernandez by 0.015 seconds for pole. R-ace GP’s Oscar Piastri went third fastest, dropping Colombo to fourth.

The second half of the top 10 was set by a flurry of late laps, all with the benefit of slipstreams, after the chequered flag fell. Deledda’s team-mate Xavier Lloveras and FA Racing by Drivex’s Brad Benavides jumped up to surprise fifth and sixth positions, with Patrik Pasma (Arden), Cordeel, race one poleman Leonardo Lorandi (JD Motorsport) and Petr Ptacek (Bhaitech) completing the top 10.

R-ace GP’s title contenders Caio Collet and Alexander Smolyar struggled to 13th and 17th, while JD Motorsport’s Joao Vieira failed to set a lap before the red flag but was able to qualify 14th.

 

Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 2m19.330s
2 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +0.015s
3 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.128s
4 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.227s
5 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +0.284s
6 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +0.413s
7 Patrik Pasma Arden +0.419s
8 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.425s
9 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +0.456s
10 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +0.476s
11 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.568s
12 Frank Bird Arden +0.605s
13 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.668s
14 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +0.715s
15 Callan O’Keeffe M2 Competition +0.722s
16 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +0.854s
17 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.888s
18 Franco Colapinto FA Racing by Drivex +1.176s
19 Rui Andrade FA Racing by Drivex +1.526s
20 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +2.398s
21 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +3.207s