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Victor Martins takes Formula Renault Eurocup race one pole in Hungary

by Bethonie Waring

MP Motorsport?s Victor Martins claimed pole for with his final lap on a drying Hungaroring circuit in first qualifying for the Formula Renault Eurocup weekend.

The track had been steadily drying throughout the session and lap times were beginning to dip under 1m48s when Patrick Schott hit the barriers with five minutes left on the clock.

The red flag was brought out to clear Schott?s M2 Competition run Renault, allowing the track to dry further before a five minute pole position shoot out.

Times dropped dramatically after the red flag. Alexander Smolyar, who had set the pace early in the session, was the first to jump back to the top of the order with a 1m43.705, but times continued to improve with every lap.

Martins’ final lap of the session, made up from fastest sectors one and two, was a 1m42.566s, putting him 0.197s ahead of Smolyar in P2.

Lorenzo Colombo took third ahead of early pace setter Caio Collet and Amaury Cordeel.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri could only manage sixth quickest. The R-ace GP driver had on a flying lap when the red flag was brought out, with the quickest time of anybody in sectors one and two before abandoning the lap.

When the track turned green again, he did briefly take the top spot, but dropped back down the order as others found improvements. He ended the morning half a second off the pace.

Ugo de Wilde and Frank Bird took seventh and eighth, ahead of Patrik Pasma and Alex Quinn.

 

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1:42.566
2 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP 1:42.763 0.197
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport 1:42.850 0.284
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1:42.955 0.389
5 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport 1:43.081 0.515
6 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP 1:43.089 0.523
7 Ugo De Wilde JD Motorsport 1:43.185 0.619
8 Frankie Bird Arden 1:43.459 0.893
9 Patrik Pasma Arden 1:43.497 0.931
10 Alex Quinn Arden 1:43.679 1.113
11 Xavier Lloveras GRS 1:43.806 1.240
12 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport 1:43.865 1.299
13 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport 1:44.044 1.478
14 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex 1:44.288 1.722
15 Lucas Roy M2 Competition 1:44.582 2.016
16 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech 1:44.743 2.177
17 Aleks Karkosik FA Racing by Drivex 1:45.423 2.857
18 Kush Maini M2 Competition 1:46.421 3.855
19 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech 1:46.824 4.258
Patrick Schott M2 Competition