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Nyck de Vries secures double pole for opening round of Alps season

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Ferran Mallol / ASM / Renault Sport Media

Photo: Ferran Mallol / ASM / Renault Sport Media

Koiranen GP’s Nyck de Vries steamrolled his opposition in Group B qualifying to pick up double pole for the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps opener at Imola.

A gradually drying track meant that Group A drivers had no chance of challenging for pole after their 30-minute run. With that said, the first part of qualifying saw complete dominance from Prema’s Bruno Bonifacio, who took over at the top early on and would prove to be completely untouchable for his competitors.

With Bonifacio in control, the rest of the field were mostly fighting for the second row, which eventually went to NEC runner-up Jack Aitken. The Briton narrowly beat out his teammate Seb Morris, while Dennis Olsen and Formula Renault rookie George Russell completed the top five.

While track conditions seemed to remain somewhat static for Group A, they began to improve dramatically throughout Group B qualifying. Bonifacio’s benchmark was toppled almost right away by Fortec’s Matt Parry, but it was de Vries who proved to be the quickest in getting on top of the conditions.

The Dutchman went on slicks in the closing minutes of the session and began shaving off close to a second with each consecutive lap, eventually settling in two seconds ahead of nearest rival Hans Villemi when the red flag came out to end the session early.

Parry took third, ahead of ARTA’s Simon Gachet and Danyil Pronenko.

De Vries also secured pole for race two on second-best times, with Bonifacio again joining him on the front row. The duo famously came together for the lead in the second race of last season’s opener at Vallelunga.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Group A Group B
1 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 1:46.059
2 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 1:53.192
3 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam 1:48.252
4 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1:53.720
5 Simon Gachet Arta Engineering 1:49.090
6 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports 1:53.842
7 Danyil Pronenko AS Motorsport Olimpija 1:49.519
8 Dennis Olsen Prema Powerteam 1:53.997
9 Nick Cassidy China BRT by JCS Team 1:49.615
10 George Russell Koiranen GP 1:54.016
11 Akash Nandy Tech 1 Racing 1:50.007
12 Andrew Tang Prema Powerteam 1:54.027
13 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports 1:50.049
14 Matteo Cairoli GSK Grand Prix 1:54.067
15 Dario Capitanio BVM Racing 1:50.380
16 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1:54.227
17 Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing 1:50.497
18 Dennis Anoschin Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.404
19 Charles Leclerc Fortec Motorsports 1:50.773
20 Marek Bockmann Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.451
21 Matt Parry Fortec Motorsports 1:50.913
22 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing 1:54.663
23 Martin Rump Fortec Motorsports 1:51.193
24 Thiago Vivacqua Fortec Motorsports 1:54.917
25 Alex Bosak Prema Powerteam 1:51.645
26 James Allen Arta Engineering 1:54.945
27 Denis Korneev Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.681
28 Vasily Romanov Tech 1 Racing 1:55.392
29 Vitaly Larionov Koiranen GP 1:53.119
30 Kang Ling Koiranen GP 1:55.563
31 Yuan Bo Jenzer Motorsport 1:53.967
32 Hong Li Ye Koiranen GP 1:55.598
33 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 1:54.610
34 Alessio Rovera Cram Motorsport 1:55.827
35 Pietro Peccenini TS Corse 1:55.392
36 Semen Evstigneev BVM Racing 1:56.176
37 Mikhail Tarasov Koiranen GP 1:58.081
38 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:56.201
39 Matteo Gonfiantini TS Corse 1:56.322