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Ye pips Euroformula team-mate Dunner to Paul Ricard pole

by Ida Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

CryptoTower Racing Team’s Yifei and Lukas Dunner filled the top two spots in qualifying for the second Euroformula race at Paul Ricard.

They weren’t the only drivers in contention for pole during the session, with Carlin’s Zane Maloney also showing well as laptimes moved into record territory for the series and its new Dallara 320 car.

Maloney, who failed to start Saturday’s race, was on provisional pole before the final lap when Ye and Dunner set session-best sector times.

Ye crossed the line and took provisional pole, and Dunner came a few seconds later and also improved but was 0.133 seconds short of what his team-mate set.

A further tenth back was Maloney, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner a substantial 0.631s back in fourth.

Manuel Maldonado (Motopark) and Ido Cohen (Carlin) were the only other drivers within a second of the pace set by CryptoTower’s lead drivers, with Niklas Krutten (Motopark) and Ayrton Simmons (Double R Racing) only very slightly out of that bracket in seventh and eighth.

Rui Andrade recovered from a spin in the third of CryptoTower’s cars to qualify 10th behind Motopark returnee Cameron Das.


Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m53.263s 11
2 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m53.396s +0.133s 10
3 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m53.490s +0.227s 12
4 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.894s +0.631s 9
5 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m53.977s +0.714s 10
6 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m54.219s +0.956s 10
7 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m54.266s +1.003s 10
8 Ayrton Simmons Double R Racing 1m54.268s +1.005s 12
9 Cameron Das Motopark 1m54.680s +1.417s 11
10 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m54.731s +1.468s 11
11 Shihab Al Habsi Drivex School 1m54.797s +1.534s 10
12 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m54.931s +1.668s 11
13 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.971s +1.708s 11
14 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.312s +1.972s 11