First poles for Albuquerque Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) claimed his first pole positions of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. An ideal situation for the Portuguese driver, who is still looking for his first Eurocup win.
First poles for Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) claimed his first pole positions of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. An ideal situation for the Portuguese driver, who is still looking for his first Eurocup win. Fellow front row starter Laurent Groppi (Graff Racing) will undoubtedly be determined to repeat his double-winning weekend in Zolder.
As usual, the session divided naturally into two halves, each half seeing the drivers use one of the two sets of new tyres that were available to them.
Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport) was the first to set the standard on his first flying lap. But the gaps between his rivals were miniscule: Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) was 88/1000ths back, Laurent Groppi (Graff Racing) was 95/1000ths adrift and Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) was at 97/1000ths! The fight for supremacy was closer than ever, with the first four drivers separated by less than a tenth of a second!
Carlo Van Dam, on top form during yesterday's free practice, could only manage 7th spot at the session's halfway stage, behind Jean-Karl Vernay (SG Formula) and Brendon Hartley (Motopark Academy).
With ten minutes to go, the action really heated up when the drivers put on their second set of tyres. Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) grabbed the best time, but Laurent Groppi responded immediately to take the provisional pole!
Jean-Karl Vernay continued to perform unexpectedly well to take third spot, ahead of Andersen and Van Dam!
With six minutes left, Filipe Albuquerque improved on Groppi's best time by almost 6/10ths! Stefano Coletti (Cram Competition) surprised everyone on his first Formula Renault 2.0 debut by taking the third best time.
After dropping off the pace, Dani Clos finally made a surge back up the leaderboard with three minutes to go. But with only the 7th best time, the Eurocup leader was way off his usual high standard.
There were no further changes before the session ended. The first two rows will feature an identical line-up for both races with, in order, Albuquerque, Groppi, Coletti and Andersen.
Filipe Albuquerque: "The car was very good and easy to drive, especially with the second set of tyres. The times came naturally. I don't think I could have done any better on my first flying lap! And then I just kept pushing to get the second pole. I hope I can win my first Eurocup race this weekend."
Laurent Groppi: "After free practice was disrupted by the rain, I didn't really feel ready for qualifying. These are not the kind of conditions we typically get in the French championship. Having said that, I posted some good times and I'm sure I can reproduce that in the races. So I'm very pleased to be on front row for both races."