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Victor Martins on pole again for second Eurocup race at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Victor Martins took his fifth Formula Renault Eurocup pole of the season in qualifying for race two at Barcelona.

A majority of the field sat at the top of the timesheet at some point during the session, with Arden’s Patrik Pasma first to set a flying lap with just 10 minutes of the session left to go.

Bhaitech’s Federico Malvestiti was the next pacesetter, with Martins finally moving into first place for MP Motorsport with six-and-a-half minutes of qualifying remaining.

He was very swiftly demoted by JD Motorsport’s Ugo de Wilde and then his own team-mate Lorenzo Colombo, but he responded by reclaiming top spot on his next lap.

It then became a three-way battle for pole between Martins, Bhaitech’s Petr Ptacek and R-ace GP’s Alexander Smolyar.

Ptacek went top with just under four minutes to go, with Smolyar taking first place a lap later. He improved on his best effort seconds after the chequered flag fell, but Martins was even later across the line and his final lap put him on pole by 0.036 seconds.

In third place was Ptacek, ahead of Arden’s Alex Quinn, Colombo, R-ace GP’s championship leader Oscar Piastri, Malvestiti, Piastri’s team-mate Caio Collet, de Wilde and Pasma.

Series returnee Franco Colapinto managed 11th place for FA Racing by Drivex, while his debuting Spanish Formula 4 title rival Kilian Meyer at M2 Competition was down in 17th, albeit just two places behind his team-mate Kush Maini.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m42.705s
2 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.036s
3 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +0.143s
4 Alex Quinn Arden +0.316s
5 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.318s
6 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.386s
7 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +0.468s
8 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.502s
9 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +0.582s
10 Patrik Pasma Arden +0.644s
11 Franco Colapinto FA Racing by Drivex +0.684s
12 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +0.848s
13 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +0.981s
14 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +1.004s
15 Kush Maini M2 Competition +1.129s
16 Frank Bird Arden +1.130s
17 Kilian Meyer M2 Competition +1.235s
18 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +1.282s