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Ye untouchable in Eurocup qualifying at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport Series

Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Yifei Ye took pole for the opening Eurocup Formula Renault race at Monza, topping his group by a staggering four tenths of a second.

Ye was in the second group, while Paul Ricard winners Max Fewtrell and Logan Sargeant were in the first.

R-ace GP driver Fewtrell looked to be the pacesetter in the first session, although only just as he held an advantage of 0.001 seconds over Alexander Smolyar of Tech 1 Racing when the chequered flag was waved.

Italian F4 graduate Lorenzo Colombo used his local knowledge to better both after the chequered flag, with his time then being deleted and reinstated after he was believed to have exceeded track limits at the Parabolica, a mistake several drivers were accused of.

Sargeant could only manage eighth on his first visit to the circuit, meaning he will start the first race from 16th.

Ye had it more comfortable in his group, holding top spot by just under a tenth from MP Motorsport’s Christian Lundgaard before putting in several fast laps to dip into the 1m48s, four tenths faster than Lundgaard and almost nine faster than Fewtrell.

JKR team-mate Richard Verschoor was third fastest, just three thousandths off Lundgaard, with Victor Martins almost a tenth behind in fourth.

Sixth for Eurocup veteran Max Defourny means he’ll start from 11th.

Eurocup debutant Christian Hahn didn’t set a time in the second group, and thus will start last despite being in the quicker draw.

Qualifying results


Group A ? Group B
1 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport 1:49.591 1 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:48.772
2 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP 1:49.629 2 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 1:49.176
3 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing 1:49.630 3 Richard Verschoor Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:49.179
4 Oscar Piastri Arden 1:49.857 4 Victor Martins R-ace GP 1:49.269
5 Charles Milesi R-ace GP 1:49.978 5 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport 1:49.479
6 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing 1:50.178 6 Max Defourny MP Motorsport 1:49.534
7 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports 1:50.222 7 Eliseo Martinez AVF 1:49.622
8 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP 1:50.259 8 Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing 1:49.667
9 Alexander Vartanyan Arden 1:50.540 9 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport 1:49.841
10 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing 1:50.775 10 Sami Taoufik Arden 1:49.909
11 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports 1:50.779 11 Clement Novalak Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:50.358
12 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports 1:50.864 12 Xavier Lloveras AVF by Adrian Valles 1:50.394
13 Christian Munoz AVF 1:50.879 13 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport 1:50.566
14 Axel Matus AVF 1:51.028 14 Christian Hahn Fortec Motorsports no time