Catalunya: Qualifying one report

Danielsson confirms ambitions Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) has taken his third pole position victory here in Barcelona. The Swedish driver will line up alongside Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) on row one. The two Interwetten.com ...

Danielsson confirms ambitions

Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) has taken his third pole position victory here in Barcelona. The Swedish driver will line up alongside Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) on row one. The two Interwetten.com drivers Andy Soucek and Franck Perera will start from the second row. And bad news for Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA), who will have to start from a long way back after crashing out in qualifying.

Group A

After eight minutes, the session was suspended for a few seconds by a "full yellow", after Oliver Jarvis (Victory Engineering) crashed off.

As soon as they came out on track, Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) and Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com), took it in turns to go fastest. Adrian Zaugg (Carlin Motorsport) and Sean McIntosh (KTR) then also showed that they have the potential to mix it with the leaders.

With 13 minutes gone, Soucek went to the top of the timing screens with a lap in 1'27''210. Then it was the turn of Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport) and Milos Pavlovic (Draco Multiracing USA) to enter the fray.

Five minutes from the close, the standings were as follows: Soucek, Pavlovic, Danielsson, Aleshin, Zaugg and McIntosh.

Danielsson then made a big impact, becoming the first driver to go faster than 1'27''. With a lap in 1'26''786, he pushed Soucek out by more than 4/10ths! McIntosh also put in a fine performance to put Aleshin back to fourth. Soucek threw in the towel at this point, returning to the pits before the session was even over: after that, there was no further change in the standings.

Group B

The session was brought to a halt by the red flag with only two minutes gone, when Nil Montserrat (Eurointernational) span his car on the straight after exiting the pit lane.

Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) set the first time to beat halfway through the session. His lap in 1'27''384 was still a long way off the pace set by Danielsson. Parente improved on his time again, but was still unable to go under the 1'27'' mark.

The session was then interrupted a second time five minutes from the close, when Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) crashed out. Another serious blow for one of the contenders for the title!

In the closing moments, no-one managed to better Parente's time. Franck Perera (Interwetten.com) managed to relegate Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) to a start from row three. Christian Montanari (Prema Powerteam) took the fourth fastest time ahead of Celso Miguez (Pons Racing).

Alx Danielsson: "I have to score as many points as possible. This pole position is already worth one point and that's important. We have worked well with the team to adapt our setup to this very specific track."

Alvaro Parente: "It's good to be starting from the front row. For me, it's important to finish the season with a good result and we're working very hard to achieve that. I'm going to be looking for the win this afternoon."

-credit: renault

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Christian Montanari , Sean McIntosh , Alvaro Parente , Oliver Jarvis , Pastor Maldonado , Borja Garcia , Celso Miguez , Milos Pavlovic , Mikhail Aleshin , Andy Soucek , Nil Montserrat , Franck Perera
Teams Carlin