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Teppei Natori takes pole in Carlin-dominated EF Open qualifying

by Ida Wood

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Carlin’s Teppei Natori took his first pole position in Formula 3 in qualifying for the second Euroformula Open race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Japanese teenager, who also races in FIA F3 Championship with the team, replicated his pre-season testing form at the circuit and ended up beating Danish team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard by 0.021 seconds.

In the final few seconds two of the other Carlin drivers also set quick laps, with Christian Hahn and race one poleman Billy Monger slotting into third and fourth for the team.

Race one winner Liam Lawson was the fastest Motopark driver in fifth, 0.405s off pole, just ahead of newly crowned champion team-mate Marino Sato, Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and Red Bull stablemate Yuki Tsunoda.

Lukas Dunner, in the sole Teo Martin Motorsport car and now pursuing second in the standings, was ninth fastest and several tenths further back.

Despite looking quick in the middle section of the session, Calan Williams ended up qualifying down in 14th in the only Fortec Motorsports car, albeit only 1.281s off the pace.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Teppei Natori Carlin 1m36.437s
2 Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin +0.021s
3 Christian Hahn Carlin +0.145s
4 Billy Monger Carlin +0.393s
5 Liam Lawson Motopark +0.405s
6 Marino Sato Motopark +0.438s
7 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing +0.443s
8 Yuki Tsunoda Motopark +0.475s
9 Lukas Dunner Teo Martin Motorsport +0.750s
10 Niklas Krutten Motopark +0.809s
11 Cameron Das Motopark +0.941s
12 Jack Doohan Double R Racing +1.118s
13 Ido Cohen Carlin +1.177s
14 Calan Williams Fortec Motorsports +1.281s
15 Rui Andrade Drivex School +2.417s