EU 2.0: Magny-Cours qualifying notes

Pic and Arzeno take on Hartley Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 leader Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) has secured pole position for both races at the Magny-Cours circuit. The New-Zealander will share the front row of the grid with two ...

Pic and Arzeno take on Hartley

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 leader Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) has secured pole position for both races at the Magny-Cours circuit. The New-Zealander will share the front row of the grid with two Frenchmen: Charles Pic (SG Formula) this afternoon and Matthieu Arzeno (Epsilon Sport) tomorrow.

With a 40-minute session ahead of them, the competitors were in no rush to take to the track. But after ten minutes or so, everyone was out there vying for the fastest time on their first set of new tyres.

Nelson Panciatici (Boutsen Energy Racing), who had already clocked some impressive times in collective testing, set the standard early on. But as the session progressed, the RDD driver was passed by Fabio Leimer (Jenzer Motorsport), Oliver Oakes (Motopark Academy), Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) and Matthieu Arzeno (Epsilon Sport).

With a lap timed at 1'37''790, Arzeno was, for the time being, able to hold off competition from Hartley, Pic and Lancaster (SG Formula), Leimer and Panciatici at the top of the timing screens. The first few drivers then stopped by the pits for a fresh set of tyres.

There was no change in the top four until ten minutes from the end, but Panciatici and Leimer were overtaken by Mihai Marinescu (District Racing) and Tobias Hegewald (Motorsport Arena).

Leimer bounced back almost immediately, however; with eight minutes remaining, the Swiss driver clocked the best time of the day in 1'37''528. As usual, an action-packed closing few minutes were in prospect... Hartley, Alguersuari and Lancaster all passed Arzeno, but the Frenchman quickly moved back up to third.

Striving a little too hard to better their times, Lancaster and Arzeno ended up in the gravel. Pic, meanwhile, knuckled down and momentarily took the lead, before Hartley shaved six thousandths of a second off his time. Out of the running for pole position, Stefano Coletti also crashed off with just a minute and a half remaining.

Frank Kechele (Motopark Academy) improved on his time in each of his last two laps to claim seventh place behind Hartley, Pic, Leimer, Lancaster, Arzeno and Alguersuari. Marinescu, Turvey and Hegewald complete the top ten. With the two fastest times of the session, Hartley also took pole position for the second race, ahead of Arzeno, Pic, Lancaster, Leimer, Alguersuari, Kechele, Hegewald, Panciatici and Marinescu.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Stefano Coletti , Tobias Hegewald , Brendon Hartley , Fabio Leimer , Mihai Marinescu , Charles Pic , Oliver Oakes , Nelson Panciatici , Frank Kechele