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Brno: Series race two qualifying report

Surtees claims maiden Formula Two pole Young Englishman pips Mikhail Aleshin Henry Surtees took pole position for Race Two this morning at Brno, Czech Republic, just ahead of Red Bull Junior driver Mikhail Aleshin. Henry, with his father...

Surtees claims maiden Formula Two pole

Young Englishman pips Mikhail Aleshin

Henry Surtees took pole position for Race Two this morning at Brno, Czech Republic, just ahead of Red Bull Junior driver Mikhail Aleshin.

Henry, with his father John Surtees watching on, set his benchmark time with little more than two minutes of the session remaining. Russian Mikhail Aleshin responded immediately, but fell short of taking pole position by just over a tenth of a second.

Race One winner and championship leader Mirko Bortolotti was third, but drops five places down the grid following a sporting infringement yesterday.

Nicola De Marco set a time only 0.002s slower than Bortolotti, whilst Julien Jousse enjoyed his best qualifying run in Formula Two so far - the Frenchman was fifth, ahead of Andy Soucek. Three tenths of a second covered the top six drivers, with the top 17 drivers separated by less than one second.

The session was red flagged with just over a minute remaining when Milos Pavlovic spun at Turn Seven. The Serbian driver recorded the seventh fastest time of the session, just ahead of Italian Edoardo Piscopo. Piscopo and the five drivers ahead of him will all be promoted one place as a result of Bortolotti's penalty.

Robert Wickens was on his quickest lap of the weekend when the red flag finished the session, so the Canadian had to settle for ninth on the grid. Henri Karjalainen rounded out the top ten.

Henry Surtees said: "Everything felt really good today. After only doing about 200 metres in yesterday's race, I thought I had better get my act together quickly! It's a bit daunting starting from pole, but I got a good start yesterday. I just need to do the same and get down to Turn One in the lead."

Mikhail Aleshin said: "I put in a good lap, but in the final sector I hit a bit of traffic so perhaps it could have been better. Henry put in a very good lap - I think he even impressed himself with how fast it was. Now I'm just concentrating on Race Two - I'm happy with my consistency so far, but I'm here to win."

Mirko Bortolotti said: "Today we didn't have the perfect set-up, but anyway I'm P3 - officially - so I can be happy. Unfortunately I start five positions behind, so I will try and attack and make the best of the situation."

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Series F2
Drivers John Surtees , Robert Wickens , Milos Pavlovic , Julien Jousse , Mikhail Aleshin , Andy Soucek , Henry Surtees , Henri Karjalainen , Mirko Bortolotti