Dilano van’t Hoff picked up pole for the opening race of the weekend for Spanish Formula 4 at Valencia Ricardo Tormo, marking the eighth time he’s topped qualifying this season.
Remarkably the championship leader was down in 18th place with four minutes left to go of Saturday’s qualifying session, but with his fourth lap he leapt straight to the top.
His 1m34.00s benchmark but him 0.089 seconds ahead of MP Motorsport team-mate Noah Degnbol, and on his next lap he improved to a 1m33.449s. Only two other drivers were initially able to break into the 1m33s, and when a few more did on their final efforts it was too late as van’t Hoff went even faster and claimed pole with a 1m33.334s.
Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov looked on for a fine second place until Sebastian Ogaard (Campos Racing) and Daniel Macia (Formula de Campeones) pipped him at the end, with the trio covered by 0.066s.
Pepe Marti, Manuel Esperito Santo and Max Arkhangelskiy were the other three drivers to lap sub-1m34s, and all looked capable of making the front row at some point, while Degnbol was shuffled down to eighth after he failed to improve his pace towards the end of qualifying.
MP’s development driver Miron Pingasov will start 21st for his single-seater debut, qualifying 1.211s slower than team-mate van’t Hoff. Fellow debutant Anshul Gandhi, driving for GRS, was two positions a tenth of a second further back.
|1||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||1m33.334s||9|
|2||Sebastian Ogaard||Campos Racing||1m33.761s||+0.427s||10|
|3||Daniel Macia||Formula de Campeones||1m33.822s||+0.488s||9|
|4||Vladislav Ryabov||Global Racing Service||1m33.827s||+0.493s||9|
|5||Pepe Marti||Campos Racing||1m33.871s||+0.537s||9|
|6||Manuel Esperito Santo||MP Motorsport||1m33.954s||+0.620s||10|
|7||Max Arkhangelskiy||Drivex School||1m33.993s||+0.659s||10|
|8||Noah Degnbol||MP Motorsport||1m34.089s||+0.755s||10|
|9||Suleiman Zanfari||MP Motorsport||1m34.108s||+0.774s||9|
|10||Quique Bordas||Formula de Campeones||1m34.129s||+0.795s||9|
|11||Guilherme Oliveira||Drivex School||1m34.180s||+0.846s||10|
|12||Rik Koen||MP Motorsport||1m34.223s||+0.889s||9|
|13||Gil Molina||MP Motorsport||1m34.229s||+0.895s||10|
|14||Georg Kelstrup||MP Motorsport||1m34.283s||+0.949s||9|
|15||Filip Jenic||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m34.300s||+0.966s||9|
|16||Alex Garcia||Campos Racing||1m34.344s||+1.010s||10|
|17||Branden Lee Oxley||Drivex School||1m34.384s||+1.050s||9|
|18||Oliver Michl||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m34.460s||+1.126s||9|
|19||Noam Abramczyck||Drivex School||1m34.464s||+1.130s||10|
|20||Alex Partyshev||Campos Racing||1m34.490s||+1.156s||10|
|21||Miron Pingasov||MP Motorsport||1m34.545s||+1.211s||10|
|22||Jorge Campos||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m34.588s||+1.254s||9|
|23||Anshul Gandhi||Global Racing Service||1m34.710s||+1.376s||9|
|24||Emely de Heus||MP Motorsport||1m35.074s||+1.740s||9|
|25||Lola Lovinfosse||Drivex School||1m35.300s||+1.966s||9|