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Mini bounces back with another Imola FREC pole for race two

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: FRECA

Gabriele Mini took a dominant pole position for the second Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine race at Imola, after a penalty for a jumped start had cost him victory in race one.

The ART Grand Prix driver was immediately on the pace in the faster Group A of the split qualifying session, going top with a lap of 1m39.339s, before lowering the benchmark further by 0.045s on his next lap.

The session was stopped early after an off from Paul Aron brought out a red flag but nobody looked close to challenging Mini. Prema’s Dino Beganovic, who had inherited victory in race one after Mini had been given a 10-second penalty, finished second in Group A, over two-tenths behind Mini.

Rookie Tim Tramnitz will start alongside Mini on the front row, having set the fastest time in the slower Group B which had been first on track.

The Trident driver left it until his final lap to set the fastest time the group to pip Michael Belov by 0.068s.

Belov secured a slot on the outside of the second row by just 0.001s ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort.

Strong performances from Joshua Durksen for Arden and RPM’s Pietro Delli Guanti earned the final positions in the top five.

Sebastian Montoya had jumped to the top of the times with just over five minutes remaining, but was unable to improve in the closing minutes, dropping to sixth at the flag.

Tramnitz’s team-mate Roman Bilinski spent most of the session in the top four, before dropping back to eighth at the close.

Mari Boya, second in Saturday’s first race, could only manage 12th fastest time, relegating him to 24th on the grid.

Less than a second separated the first 16 runners in the very tight Group B.

The order in Group A was established early in the session with R-ace GP pair Gabriel Bortoleto and Hadrien David moving into the top three, before a late improvement from Beganovic demoted them to third and fourth.

Leonardo Fornaroli took fifth as the Trident squad continued to impress in their first season in the championship.

Prema’s Paul Aron had his fastest time deleted for causing the red flag, although there was no impact on his qualifying position, as his second-best time was still good enough for sixth in the group.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Group B Group A Laps
1 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m39.294s 7
2 Tim Tramnitz Trident 1m39.559s 9
3 Dino Beganovic Prema Racing 1m39.497s 7
4 Michael Belov MP Motorsport 1m39.627s 8
5 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m39.556s 7
6 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m39.628s 8
7 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m39.598s 7
8 Joshua Durksen Arden Motorsport 1m39.700s 9
9 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m39.718s 7
10 Pietro Delli Guanti RPM 1m39.809s 9
11 Paul Aron Prema Racing 1m40.062s 7
12 Sebastian Montoya Prema Racing 1m39.904s 9
13 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport 1m40.098s 6
14 Owen Tangavelou G4 Racing 1m39.917s 8
15 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.106s 7
16 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m39.929s 9
17 Eduardo Barrichello Arden Motorsport 1m40.197s 7
18 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 1m39.929s 9
19 Victor Bernier FA Racing 1m40.263s 7
20 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 1m40.112s 8
21 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing 1m40.278s 7
22 Laurens Van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m40.116s 8
23 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.321s 7
24 Mari Boya ART Grand Prix 1m40.122s 9
25 Noel Leon Arden Motorsport 1m40.399s 7
26 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 1m40.199s 7
27 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m40.411s 7
28 Dilano Van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m40.251s 8
29 Esteban Masson FA Racing 1m40.529s 7
30 Keith Donegan RPM 1m40.401s 9
31 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m40.560s 6
32 Han Cenyu Monolite Racing 1m40.500s 9
33 Francesco Braschi KIC Motorsport 1m40.733s 6
34 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m40.831s 7
35 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 1m41.118s 7
36 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema Racing 1m41.179s 9