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Ye claims pole, but is under investigation, in Euroformula Q2 at Monza

by Elliot Wood

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Yifei Ye set the pace again in the second Euroformula qualifying session at Monza, which descended into chaos among Motopark’s expansive line-up.

Motopark has three drivers for its own team, and runs three cars for Japanese offshoot CryptoTower Racing Team.

As in the earlier qualifying session that set the grid for race one, CryptoTower’s Ye and Lukas Dunner worked with each other to ensure they both got tows on each lap, usually swapping places on the run to Ascari.

However a loose moment for Dunner at that corner shortly after he passed Ye threw the team equation into disarray and enabled Motopark’s Manuel Maldonado to close in behind.

Maldonado was on Ye’s gearbox through Parabolica, and he then tried passing the provisional poleman into the first chicane on the next lap. Ye covered the inside to defend at almost exactly the same time, then swept back to the racing line before entering the corner.

Contact was avoided, but it then handed Dunner a big gap and as the two behind closed in it also brought in CryptoTower’s third driver Rui Andrade. He passed Maldonado, then ended up moving to the front of that pack when Dunner allowed his team-mates through.

Andrade’s move to let them past came so late into Ascari though that he didn’t turn in to the corner and ended up driving through the gravel and then spinning in the grass at the exit of the high-speed chicane.

Ye was now up front, and when he tried letting Dunner through he initially didn’t make the pass. When he did, he received the benefit of the tow and was improving on his lap until the final sector. Out of the madness, Ye was still on pole by 0.268 seconds.

Dunner completed the front row, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas and Sebastian Estner working far more efficiently together and filling row two.

Double R Racing’s Ayrton Simmons, without a team-mate to work with, impressed with the fifth fastest time and was just 0.001s off fourth.

Cameron Das ended up being the top Motopark driver in sixth, ahead of VAR’s Alexandre Bardinon and Maldonado. The incident between Maldonado and Ye is currently under investigation.

Niklas Krutten was the slowest of the Motopark drivers in ninth, and Glenn van Berlo completed the top 10 in the sole Drivex School entry.

Carlin’s drivers worked together for the benefit of the tow, but Ido Cohen and Zane Maloney could only manage 11th and 13th place on the grid.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m43.425s 12
2 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m43.693s +0.268s 13
3 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.859s +0.434s 14
4 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.979s +0.554s 9
5 Ayrton Simmons Double R Racing 1m43.980s +0.555s 14
6 Cameron Das Motopark 1m44.055s +0.630s 14
7 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.169s +0.744s 14
8 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m44.218s +0.793s 13
9 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m44.302s +0.877s 14
10 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m44.387s +0.962s 14
11 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m44.685s +1.260s 13
12 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m44.802s +1.377s 13
13 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m44.847s +1.422s 13