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Ye on Euroformula pole again at Barcelona, Das denies Dunner front row

by Elliot Wood

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Yifei Ye claimed a second Euroformula pole of the day at Barcelona on Friday afternoon, qualifying two spots ahead of title rival Lukas Dunner.

Once again the CryptoTower Racing Team team-mates were closely matched on pace, with Dunner being the faster of the two in the first half of the qualifying session.

He was disputing pole position with Motopark’s Manuel Maldonado and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner at this point, and Ye came into play shortly before the end of the first runs, with Carlin’s Zane Maloney then rising to third.

It took a long time for improvements to come in on the second runs, despite the ‘road sweeping’ of the rubber marbles left by sportscars running in other sessions occurring in the opening few laps of qualifying, and as the sun started to dip lower in the sky the track got warmer – and faster too.

Double R Racing’s Louis Foster was the first to make a major leap up the leaderboard with just a few minutes to go, but once Ye had got up to speed he was able to respond to improvements from Dunner and Estner.

Dunner closed the gap to pole on his penultimate effort, and while Ye didn’t improve he remained on top.

Having crossed the line just before the chequered flag was waved, Motopark’s Cameron Das was able to stay out later than anyone and his final lap put him ahead of Dunner and Estner on the grid.

Maldonado and team-mate Niklas Krutten were fifth and sixth fastest, with Sebastian Estner (VAR) and Glenn van Berlo (Drivex School) – who had been at the top at the very start of the session – in seventh and eighth.

Maloney and Foster rounded out the top 10, with Foster having saved a set of tyres from the previous qualifying session. His debuting team-mate Matthias Luethen was just over two seconds slower in 15th.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m36.198s 11
2 Cameron Das Motopark 1m36.390s +0.192s 12
3 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m36.436s +0.238s 11
4 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.567s +0.369s 12
5 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m36.743s +0.545s 11
6 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m36.750s +0.552s 12
7 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.888s +0.690s 13
8 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m37.037s +0.839s 12
9 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m37.078s +0.880s 15
10 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m37.133s +0.935s 11
11 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m37.327s +1.039s 14
12 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m37.264s +1.066s 12
13 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m37.427s +1.229s 14
14 Rafael Villagomez Drivex School 1m37.682s +1.484s 12
15 Matthias Luethen Double R Racing 1m39.212s +3.014s 13