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Saucy rebounds from Saturday disqualification with Sunday FREC pole

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy claimed his fifth pole of the Formula Regional European Championship season for Sunday race at Paul Ricard.

The Swiss led from lights-to-flag on Saturday for his fourth win, but then had it taken away by a technical disqualification. He rebounded in the Sunday morning qualifying session by setting the pace by over a third of a second.

His closest challenger through much of the session was R-ace GP’s Hadrien David, the driver who inherited race one victory, and the Frenchman was briefly at the top of the times before Saucy went fastest halfway through qualifying.

He made several improvements to keep himself in top spot after that, bringing his fastest lap down from a 1m58.550s to a 1m58.139s that was set with two minutes to go.

David’s team-mate Isack Hadjar was in second place when the chequered flag was waved, but David was among several drivers who had timed their laps to be the very last on track and he moved back into second at the very end with a 1m58.487s.

Saucy’s team-mate Gabriele Mini shuffled Hadjar to fourth, while JD Motorsport’s Michael Belov continued to impress on his debut FREC weekend by qualifying fifth.

Being two of the last drivers over the line helped William Alatalo (Arden) and Andrea Rosso (FA Racing) qualify sixth and seventh, while Monolite Racing’s Pietro Dellli Guanti did an impressive job to go eighth fastest.

Patrik Pasma (KIC Motorsport) and Zane Maloney (R-ace) completed the top 10.

After setting the early pace, Prema’s Paul Aron and KIC’s Elias Seppanen could only manage 16th and 23rd places respectively, with Dino Beganovic the top Prema driver in 12th place.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m58.139s 9
2 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m58.487s +0.348s 9
3 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m58.504s +0.365s 9
4 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 1m58.523s +0.384s 9
5 Michael Belov JD Motorsport 1m58.639s +0.500s 10
6 William Alatalo Arden 1m58.660s +0.521s 9
7 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 1m58.723s +0.584s 10
8 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 1m58.810s +0.671s 10
9 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m58.814s +0.675s 10
10 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 1m58.860s +0.721s 9
11 Alex Quinn Arden 1m58.895s +0.756s 9
12 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m58.906s +0.767s 9
13 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix 1m59.002s +0.863s 9
14 David Vidales Prema 1m59.047s +0.908s 9
15 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 1m59.097s +0.958s 9
16 Paul Aron Prema 1m59.099s +0.960s 9
17 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m59.099s +0.960s 10
18 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 1m59.162s +1.023s 9
19 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP 1m59.243s +1.104s 10
20 Alessandro Famularo G4 Racing 1m59.332s +1.193s 9
21 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.403s +1.264s 9
22 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 1m59.419s +1.280s 10
23 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 1m59.500s +1.361s 9
24 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.522s +1.383s 9
25 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP 1m59.826s +1.687s 10
26 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 1m59.973s +1.834s 10
27 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 1m59.990s +1.851s 8
28 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m59.733s +1.634s 9
29 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 2m00.068s +1.929s 10
30 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 2m00.093s +1.954s 9
31 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 2m00.106s +1.967s 9
32 Jasin Ferati Monolite Racing 2m00.143s +2.004s 10
33 Brad Benavides DR Formula 2m00.155s +2.016s 9
34 Belen Garcia G4 Racing 2m00.399s +2.260s 9
35 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing no time 3