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Victor Martins snatches Eurocup pole at drying Hockenheim

by Tim Lumb

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Victor Martins snatched pole position for the second Formula Renault Eurocup race at Hockenheim with his last flying lap on a drying track.

The times were tumbling throughout the final five minutes of the session as Martins, Caio Collet and Alexander Smolyar all took turns to have provisional pole.

However it was the MP Motorsport driver who claimed the position at the chequered flag on his final lap by going 0.272 seconds faster than Smolyar’s penultimate lap.

R-ace GP’s Smolyar wasn’t able to improve his time, but his previous lap was good enough to put him onto the front row. His team-mate Collet ended up fourth, after Martin’s team-mate Lorenzo Colombo went 0.220s faster late in the session.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri was only able to qualify fifth and wasn’t in the battling for pole position. Only 5.5 points separates the R-ace GP driver from Martins after the latter won race one.

Bhaitech’s Petr Ptacek and Federico Malvestiti will be next up on the grid, in front of R-ace GP’s fourth entry for Gregoire Saucy, Xavier Lloveras (GRS) and Ugo de Wilde (JD Motorsport).

 

Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m51.531s
2 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.272s
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.712s
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.932s
5 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.986s
6 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +1.793s
7 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +2.177s
8 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +2.276s
9 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +2.429s
10 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +2.436s
11 Kush Maini M2 Competition +2.474s
12 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +2.512s
13 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +3.051s
14 Patrik Pasma Arden +3.129s
15 Cem Bolukbasi M2 Competition +3.156s
16 Frank Bird Arden +3.355s
17 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +3.710s
18 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +6.482s