EU 2.0: Donington qualifying notes

Lancaster shines on home soil Jon Lancaster (SG Formula) would dearly love to come out on top in front of his home crowd, and he has got his weekend off to a good start by securing pole position for race 1. Eurocup leader Brendon...

Lancaster shines on home soil

Jon Lancaster (SG Formula) would dearly love to come out on top in front of his home crowd, and he has got his weekend off to a good start by securing pole position for race 1. Eurocup leader Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) achieved the best overall result: he will start from the front row alongside Lancaster this afternoon and also took pole for tomorrow morning's race.

As is customary, the favorites waited in the pit lane as the outsiders warmed up the track. Omicron Racing's drivers put on quite a show, Facundo Crovo and Francesc Moreno pleasing the crowd with some spectacular moves.

Ten minutes in, Mihai Marineschu (District Racing) took the lead from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (BVM Minardi), the revelation of collective testing. But Quaife-Hobbs kept pushing and set a new fastest time.

The Omicron show continued, with Tiago Petiz going into a 360 spin at the start of the straight, dirtying the track a little more and making it difficult for the drivers to improve on their times as their worn tyres became less effective.

With 21 remaining, Miguel Julia (Epsilon Euskadi) crashed into the tyre wall, but the session carried on regardless. At that stage, Fabio Leimer led from Nelson Panciatici, who switched his allegiance from SG Formula to Boutsen Energy Racing prior to the British meeting. They were followed by Frank Kechele and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

The drivers then stopped by the pits for their fresh set of tyres. Stefano Coletti (Epsilon Red Bull) took advantage of the reduction in traffic to move into the lead.

Seven minutes from the end, the time set by Fabio Leimer (Jenzer Motorsport) was beaten by Frank Kechele (Motopark Academy), who was the first driver to dip below the 1 minute 29 mark. Coletti then got back in on the action with a lap timed at 1'28''606, with Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) and Charles Pic (SG Formula), after a quiet start, moving up into second and third respectively. Alexandre Marsoin (SG Formula) and Jaime Alguersuari (Epsilon Red Bull) also looked set to made a bid for pole position in the final three minutes...

Jon Lancaster (SG Formula), who was in brilliant form yesterday, reminded everyone of his capabilities in the closing moments, taking the lead with a time of 1'28''490 with just 1'50'' remaining. No-one could match the young Englishman before the chequered flag was shown, and Brendon Hartley and Stefano Coletti clung on to their second and third places. It was a good result all round for SG Formula, with two other drivers from the French team also making the top five: Alexandre Marsoin and Charles Pic.

Based on each driver's second-best time, the grid for race 2 is quite different: Hartley and Coletti will start from the front row, ahead of Panciatici, Lancaster, Marsoin, Pic, Kechele and Alguersuari.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Stefano Coletti , Brendon Hartley , Fabio Leimer , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Alexandre Marsoin , Charles Pic , Jaime Alguersuari , Jon Lancaster , Nelson Panciatici , Frank Kechele