EU 2.0: Series Hungaroring qualifying report

Sorensen creates a sensation Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) takes both pole positions in the Hungary round of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. In so doing, the Danish driver underlines the excellent form of the Motopark Academy team....

Sorensen creates a sensation

Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) takes both pole positions in the Hungary round of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. In so doing, the Danish driver underlines the excellent form of the Motopark Academy team. Only Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) managed to get in among the German team's drivers, producing the second best time in qualifying. For Sunday's race 2, the first two rows on the grid will be 100% Motopark Academy.

Group A:

Group A drivers awaited the final minutes of the session before going on the hunt for the quickest qualifying times. Patrick Kronenberger (Iquick Valencia) and Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport) were first to produce significant lap times. Carlos Munoz (Epsilon Euskadi) took over with a time of 1'43''849, only to be bettered by team-mate Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) in 1'43''562. However the Spaniard was himself overhauled right at the end of the session by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy) and Arthur Pic (SG Formula). The British driver went to top of the timing screens with a 1'43''352 lap, to finish ahead of the Frenchman and Albert Costa. Kuba Giermaziak (Motopark Academy) took fourth and Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) fifth.

Group B:

Group B drivers also waited a long time before venturing out on track. As the first lap times were recorded, Jean-Eric Vergne found himself at the top of the timing charts. With a lap clocked in 1'43''436, the Frenchman was ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy), Miki Monras (SG Formula) and Adam Kout (Krenek Motorsport). The red flag had to be brought out following an incident that immobilised Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport). The drivers were able to restart in time for a final assault. The only notable improvements were made by Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) and Miguel Otegui (Epsilon Euskadi). The two drivers moved up to third and fourth respectively, behind Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa.

SuperPole:

The Motopark Academy drivers set the pace as the session got underway, with Antonio Felix da Costa leading from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Kevin Magnussen and Marco Sorensen. Many of the competing drivers chose to wait patiently in the pits before taking to the track only late into the session. The final five minutes proved decisive. Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) was first to upset the order and - for a fleeting moment -- sat on provisional pole, only to be ousted by Marco Sorensen with a best lap of 1'43''018. The Dane continued to push hard in his following laps and managed to win himself pole position for race 2 as well! In the last lap of the session, Kuba Giermaziak pulled himself up to third place.

Quote, unquote:

Marco Sorensen: "It's incredible, I wasn't expecting this at all! I'm shaking I'm so excited! Since the start of the season, I haven't been able to use the new tires properly. We found the solution and it works. It's really superb."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I'll be lining up second on the first grid, but only eighth on the second! So I'll have to win race 1!. I didn't manage a fast last lap whereas all the others were quicker--"

Kuba Giermaziak: "What a surprise-- it was only decided that I'd be here at the last moment, because Eurocup Formula Renault wasn't really part of my plans this season, and here I am with my best qualification in this discipline. I'll have to live up to it in race conditions."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Nathanael Berthon , Miguel Otegui , Adam Kout , Carlos Munoz , Marco Sorensen , Antonio Felix da Costa , Jean-Eric Vergne , Nico Müller , Kevin Magnussen , Daniel de Jong , Arthur Pic , Jakub Giermaziak
Teams MP Motorsport , Jenzer Motorsport