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VAR’s Ivan Domingues takes surprise FREC race two pole at Hockenheim

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: FRECA

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ivan Domingues snatched pole for the second Formula Regional Europe race of the weekend at Hockenheim in a dramatic split qualifying.

Domingues topped Group B, the first out on track, by just 0.004 seconds over Red Bull junior Enzo Deligny, and then watched on as race one winner Rafael Camara fell just 0.005s short of his time in Group A’s running.

Continuing VAR’s strong showing all weekend, Pedro Clerot was second fastest in Group A and will line up fourth on the grid.

Track limits abuse had a significant impact with the fastest laptime in each group being deleted for running wide at turn one.

Prema’s James Wharton set a 1m35.445s early on in Group A, which would have been good enough to take pole. But he had it taken away and qualified 10th.

Domingues emerged on top of Group B after a session-long battle with R-ace GP’s Deligny and ART Grand Prix’s Evan Giltaire. He actually set the fastest lap in the group, a 1m35.595s, but like Wharton it was lost to a track limits violation.

GIltaire had been first to drop into the 1m35s with six minutes remaining, but was almost immediately deposed by Deligny and then Domingues.

Deligny improved by 0.13s but with less than a minute on the clock, Domingues snatched a front row starting position by going fastest.

Brando Badoer was unable to match the top three, but bounced back from his bad Saturday qualifying to be fourth fastest. Sainteloc Racing’s Theophile Nael was fifth.

Early pacesetter Niko Lacorte struggled to keep his car within the track limits, and with four deleted laps ended up sixth in the group. Completing the top 10 was Iron Dames’ debutant Doriane Pin.

While Group B had featured the top nine posting their best valid laptimes at the end of the session, in Group A there was no improvement by the top four after the halfway mark. Race one runner-up Tuukka Taponen ended that session in third, with an impressive Enzo Peugeot fourth fastest for Sainteloc after making some changes to the car overnight.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Group B Group A
1 Ivan Domingues Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.602s
2 Rafael Camara Prema 1m35.607s
3 Enzo Deligny R-ace GP 1m35.606s
4 Pedro Clerot Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.723s
5 Evan Giltaire ART Grand Prix 1m35.638s
6 Tuukka Taponen R-ace GP 1m35.727s
7 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.772s
8 Enzo Peugeot Sainteloc Racing 1m35.926s
9 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing 1m35.836s
10 James Wharton Prema 1m35.991s
11 Niko Lacorte Trident 1m35.933s
12 Alessandro Giusti ART Grand Prix 1m36.032s
13 Nikhil Bohra MP Motorsport 1m35.959s
14 Nikita Bedrin MP Motorsport 1m36.076s
15 Matteo De Palo Sainteloc Racing 1m35.985s
16 Noah Stromsted R-P-M 1m36.102s
17 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m36.036s
18 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m36.355s
19 Doriane Pin Iron Dames 1m36.070s
20 Giovanni Maschio R-P-M 1m36.481s
21 Ruiqi Liu Trident 1m36.085s
22 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m36.522s
23 Zachary David R-ace GP 1m36.138s
24 Costa Toparis KIC Motorsport 1m36.618s
25 Alex Sawer KIC Motorsport 1m36.263s
26 Nadhavud Bhirombhakdi KIC Motorsport 1m36.804s
27 Romain Andriolo G4 Racing 1m36.409s
28 Kanato Le G4 Racing 1m36.849s
29 Lena Buhler ART Grand Prix 1m36.892s
30 Jesse Carrasquedo G4 Racing 1m37.042s
31 Edgar Pierre R-P-M 1m36.970s
32 Marta Garcia Iron Dames 1m37.087s
33 Yaroslav Veselaho ART Grand Prix 1m37.264s