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R-ace GP’s Stenshorne takes pole for FREC’s first Hungaroring race

by Ida Wood

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Martinius Stenshorne will start the first Formula Regional European Championship race of the weekend at the Hungaroring from pole after topping the second qualifying group on Saturday.

The 34-car field was split into two, and first to set the pace in Group A was Arden’s home hero Levente Revesz. Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa went 4.882 seconds faster than him, then it was not until the final seven minutes of the group’s time on track that a truly representative pace was shown.

MP Motorsport’s Sami Meguetounif set a 1m41.869s to lead Monolite Racing’s Enzo Scionti by 0.145s, but they were shuffled down to third and fourth a short while later as Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek broke into the 1m40s and Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos went second fastest.

R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz was the only driver to have got near Dufek’s pace with five minutes left to go, with VAR’s Kas Haverkort in third having also broken the 1m41s barrier.

Dufek was usurped with 77 seconds remaining on the clock, as Tramnitz set a 1m40.131s. Ramos went fourth fastest with a 1m40.507s, and they all looked to have more pace to unlock going into their final laps.

A 1m40.083s from Dufek returned him to the top, but Haverkort crossed the line in 1m39.995s, and Ramos went 0.018s faster than that to finish on top. Fluxa went fifth at the end, ahead of Meguetounif and Matias Zagazeta.

R-P-M’s Maceo Capietto was fastest for some time in Group B, before the pace improved by over six seconds with seven minutes to go. R-ace’s Stenshorne jumped from last to first with a 1m40.598s, putting him 0.138s ahead of Trident’s Owen Tangavelou

Capietto then reclaimed first place with a 1m40.100s, going 0.041s faster than Prema’s Rafael Camara, but Stenshorne’s next lap returned him to the top by 0.178s. Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli also jumped from ninth to third as they went into the final five minutes of qualifying, then got within 0.085s of Stenshorne with a minute-and-a-half to go.

Trident’s Roman Bilinski demoted Capietto to fourth in the final minute, then he went down to fifth as G4 Racing’s Michael Belov set a 1m39.786s to go top.

The chequered flag came out and Capietto rose back up to second place, and Antonelli pinched pole from Belov by 0.023s. Stenshorne crossed the line even later and set a 1m39.604s to snatch it from Antonelli, with their group comfortably faster than the earlier one.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Group A Group B
1 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m39.604s
2 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m39.977s
3 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m39.763s
4 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m39.995s
5 Michael Belov G4 Racing 1m39.786s
6 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.083s
7 Rafael Camara Prema 1m39.867s
8 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m40.131s
9 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m39.891s
10 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m40.324s
11 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m40.092s
12 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m40.562s
13 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport 1m40.224s
14 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m40.686s
15 Esteban Masson Sainteloc Racing 1m40.251s
16 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m40.718s
17 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m40.343s
18 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m40.740s
19 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m40.384s
20 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m40.866s
21 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m40.525s
22 Levente Revesz Arden 1m41.148s
23 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 1m40.643s
24 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m41.200s
25 Adam Fitzgerald R-P-M 1m40.792s
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m41.308s
27 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m40.806s
28 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m41.474s
29 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m40.900s
30 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m41.747s
31 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.907s
32 Lucas Medina Sainteloc Racing 1m42.188s
33 Alex Partyshev KIC Motorsport 1m41.159s
33 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 1m42.330s