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Mini beats Beganovic to take Monaco F3 pole

by Peter Allen

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Gabriele Mini beat his former Formula Regional rival Dino Beganovic to take pole position on Formula 3’s return to Monaco.

In the first group of the split qualifying session, Monaco debutant Luke Browning was on top until Beganovic bettered his time by just 0.003 seconds as the chequered flag came out.

Browning was already responding to that with the fastest first sector, but was down in sector two before cutting across the chicane at the exit of the Swimming Pool section and giving up on this lap.

Just as he did that, his Hitech GP team-mate Sebastian Montoya hit the barriers and broke his rear-right suspension, effectively ending the session.

Practice pacesetter Mini dominated the second group, and with five minutes to go was up by half a second on the pace that had been set by team-mate Browning at the same stage in the first segment.

However, Mini only improved by nine thousandths of a second on his next attempt, with a quarter of a second still to find to beat Beganovic’s benchmark.

He would do that in style on his final attempt, a 1m23.278s putting him a second clear of his Group B rivals and clear of Beganovic’s time by six tenths.

Paul Aron improved on his final lap but was still 0.874s short of Mini as he took third on the grid. Caio Collet survived a scrape with the barriers at Tabac to take third in the group and will lead Montoya on row three for Sunday’s feature race.

Championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto was only fourth in Group B and will line up seventh ahead of Franco Colapinto.

With the top 12 for the feature race being reversed to set the sprint race grid, Gregoire Saucy will start on pole ahead of Pepe Marti, Leonardo Fornaroli and Taylor Barnard.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Group A Group B
1 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m23.278s
2 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m23.880s
3 Paul Aron Prema 1m24.152s
4 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m23.883s
5 Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m24.357s
6 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m24.122s
7 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m24.679s
8 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m24.242s
9 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m24.763s
10 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m25.264s
11 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m24.770s
12 Gregoire Saucy ART GP 1m25.456s
13 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m24.873s
14 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m25.742s
15 Nikola Tsolov ART GP 1m24.911s
16 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m25.749s
17 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m25.123s
18 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m25.870s
19 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.158s
20 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m26.055s
21 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m25.267s
22 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m26.141s
23 Kaylen Frederick ART GP 1m25.888s
24 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m26.542s
25 Piotr Wisnicki PHM by Charouz 1m26.040s
26 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m27.041s
27 Hunter Yeany Carlin 1m26.303s
28 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m27.147s
29 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m26.390s
30 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m29.556s