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Ye wins duel with Dunner for Euroformula race one pole at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Elliot Wood

Yifei Ye beat CryptoTower Racing Team team-mate and title rival Lukas Dunner to pole position for the opening race of Euroformula’s season finale.

The extra point for pole means Ye now sits 85 points ahead of Dunner in the standings, with 107 left to score over the weekend.

Ye was the last on track in the Friday morning qualifying session, but didn’t take long to demote Motopark’s Manuel Maldonado from first place and move into provisional pole position.

Several improvements over his first and second runs kept Ye at the top of the times until the final few minutes, when Maldonado’s team-mate Niklas Krutten went fastest.

Dunner then went to the top, with Ye responding a few seconds later with a new benchmark lap. None of the top four could improve on their final efforts, with Dunner putting two wheels in the gravel costing himself time while Ye took too much out of his tyres in the middle sector on his final flying lap.

Ye ended up claiming pole by 0.244s ahead of Dunner, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner and Krutten filling the second row.

Maldonado and Carlin’s Zane Maloney were fifth and sixth fastest, ahead of Cameron Das (Motopark), Sebastian Estner (VAR), Glenn van Berlo (Drivex School) and Rui Andrade (CryptoTower).

The two series debutants propped up the order, with van Berlo’s team-mate Rafael Villagomez 1.582s back and Double R Racing’s Matthias Luethen 2.716s off the pace.

Louis Foster was second fastest after the first runs, but he had a short second stint on track and ropped all the way down to 11th.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m35.619s 11
2 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m35.863s +0.244s 12
3 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.883s +0.264s 12
4 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m36.342s +0.723s 12
5 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m36.386s +0.767s 13
6 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m36.466s +0.847s 15
7 Cameron Das Motopark 1m36.505s +0.886s 13
8 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.637s +1.018s 12
9 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m36.680s +1.061s 13
10 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m36.758s +1.139s 12
11 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m36.973s +1.354s 9
12 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m37.139s +1.520s 14
13 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m37.183s +1.564s 14
14 Rafael Villagomez Drivex School 1m37.201s +1.582s 13
15 Matthias Luethen Double R Racing 1m38.335s +2.716s 13