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Weiron Tan fastest in Pro Mazda qualifying at NOLA Park

by Gruz David
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

Having topped all five testing sessions of the weekend, Malaysian Weiron Tan raised no eyebrows by claiming pole position for the Pro Mazda race at NOLA Motorsports Park.

After several changes in the lead, Tan stormed to the top at around midway through the session and then improved further to put himself out of reach for his rivals.

Team Pelfrey’s Santiago Urrutia, another refugee of the European single-seater scene, was Tan’s closest challenger with a time just 0.15s slower.

Reigning USF2000 champion Florian Latorre made a late jump to third, narrowly edging out fellow Frenchman Timothe Buret and 15-year-old Mexican Patricio O’Ward.

Sixth, seventh and eighth positions all went to Juncos Racing drivers – Garrett Grist, Jose Gutierrez and Will Owen.

The championship leader and the sole race-winner of the 2015 season Neil Alberico had a low-key session as he spent most of the running outside the top ten and had to settle for ninth at the end. Formula Renault 2.0 NEC graduate Raoul Owens completed the top ten.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Weiron?Tan Andretti?Autosport 1:34.827 16
2 Santiago?Urrutia Team?Pelfrey 1:34.980 0.153 15
3 Florian?Latorre Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR 1:35.174 0.347 17
4 Timothe?Buret Juncos?Racing 1:35.190 0.363 15
5 Pato?O’Ward Team?Pelfrey 1:35.258 0.431 15
6 Garett?Grist Juncos?Racing 1:35.387 0.560 15
7 Jose?Gutierrez Juncos?Racing 1:35.397 0.570 15
8 Will?Owen Juncos?Racing 1:35.458 0.631 15
9 Neil?Alberico Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR 1:35.474 0.647 16
10 Raoul?Owens JDC?MotorSports 1:35.510 0.683 16
11 Dalton?Kellett Andretti?Autosport 1:35.680 0.853 16
12 Daniel?Burkett Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR 1:35.903 1.076 17
13 Alessandro?Latif World?Speed?Motorsports 1:36.229 1.403 16
14 Parker?Nicklin JDC?MotorSports 1:37.612 2.785 16
15 Bobby?Eberle World?Speed?Motorsports 1:39.221 4.394 15
16 Kyle?Connery JDC?MotorSports No?Time