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Nyck de Vries takes Sunday pole at Moscow Raceway

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

Photo: Ferran Mallol / ASM / Renault Sport Media

Koiranen’s Nyck de Vries took pole position for the second race of the third round of the Eurocup Formula Renault season at Moscow Raceway.

De Vries improved on the benchmark set by Kevin Jorg to take his fourth pole of this season.

The drivers from Group B were out first this time around and their 15-minute session proved even more hectic than usual.

With most drivers on their warm-up laps at the halfway point of the session, the red flag was suddenly brought out for the stopped car of Prema racer Bruno Bonifacio.

As such, the competitors had very little time to get a good lap in and the spectators were treated to non-stop changes at the top of the timesheets.

Andrea Pizzitola led the group heading into the final three minutes, but it was Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Jorg who stunned the field with a rapid lap seconds before the checkered flag.

Fortec’s Matt Parry got close to Jorg’s benchmark in the final seconds of the session, but the Swiss driver remained at the top of the group.

Pizzitola took third in the session, leading yesterday’s race winner Aurelien Panis and local favorite Egor Orudzhev.

The fight in Group A was not quite as close with de Vries taking over in first with four minutes to go and remaining as the session leader.

Alex Albon will start third, finishing three tenths down on the Dutchman. Dennis Olsen, local guest driver Matevos Isaakyan and Lotus junior Callan O’Keeffe rounded out the top five in the group.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Group B Group A
1 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 1:32.082
2 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:32.327
3 Alexander Albon KTR 1:32.323
4 Matt Parry Fortec Motorsports 1:32.419
5 Dennis Olsen Prema Powerteam 1:32.400
6 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport 1:32.432
7 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport 1:32.401
8 Aurelien Panis ART Junior Team 1:32.486
9 Callan O’Keeffe ART Junior Team 1:32.454
10 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 1:32.700
11 Martin Rump Fortec Motorsports 1:32.507
12 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:32.710
13 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1:32.564
14 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1:32.794
15 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam 1:32.618
16 George Russell Koiranen GP 1:32.849
17 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport 1:32.625
18 Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering 1:32.914
19 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:32.780
20 Ignazio D’Agosto Koiranen GP 1:33.101
21 Levin Amweg ART Junior Team 1:32.846
22 Nick Cassidy Koiranen GP 1:33.206
23 Denis Korneev JD Motorsport 1:33.007
24 Vasily Romanov Tech 1 Racing 1:33.345
25 Gregor Ramsay KTR 1:33.121
26 Semen Evstigneev BVM Motorsport 1:33.994
27 Danyil Pronenko BVM Motorsport 1:34.273
28 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam No Time