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Monaco: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Pole position in Monaco for Racing Engineering's Dani Clos Racing Engineering's Dani Clos achieved a brilliant pole position under difficult conditions in today's qualifying session in Monaco. After an intense battle Perez and Maldonado on a wet...

Pole position in Monaco for Racing Engineering's Dani Clos

Racing Engineering's Dani Clos achieved a brilliant pole position under difficult conditions in today's qualifying session in Monaco. After an intense battle Perez and Maldonado on a wet track, Dani snatched his first pole position in GP2. Christian Vietoris, having encountered traffic during his flying lap, finished in a commendable ninth place after his first day ever at the prestigious Monaco street circuit.

In the morning practice, the Racing Engineering boys had a busy but positive session, with Christian finishing in third place and Dani Clos in fourth. Those excellent results made everyone at Racing Engineering look forward to the afternoon qualifying session.

While free practice took place on a dry track, the temperatures dropped and with only ten minutes to go for qualifying to start, rain set in. The session started with all the drivers evaluating the track and, after just six laps, Spanish driver Dani Clos clocked the fastest time. At that point, he started an impressive battle with Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado for the pole position, with the top three places changing hands among them throughout the session. Christian Vietoris, on his part, was lapping at a consistent rate, and being careful to not touch the walls surrounding the track. Traffic was being an issue for everybody and, after passing through the pits for adjustments on his car, Christian saw his last run hampered by traffic and yellow flags, but still managed to clock the ninth fastest time in his first official qualifying session in the Montecarlo.

Everything seemed set for another pole from the Venezuelan, when Dani did a perfect flying lap and set the fastest time of the session at the last minute, with a time of 1:37.572, a pole position which is crucial to any aspirations of a good result in Monaco. By achieving pole position, Dani Clos has also scored two more points for himself and the Spanish team.

Racing Engineering will focus now on working to prepare the crucial feature race, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11:15 CET.

Dani Clos: "We were calm during the session and always within the top three. There was a lot of traffic but towards the end of the session I found a clean lap. We were able to set a fast time and I am happy to start tomorrow's race from pole. But it's a long race and now we need to work on preparing it."

Christian Vietoris: "Free practice in the dry was really good. It's a pity it started raining just before qualifying was due to start. We knew that the decisive laps will be made towards the end of the session when the track got better. I didn't want to take any risks at the beginning and think this was a good strategy. However, I had some traffic during my fast lap, so I think I could have done even better."

Alfonso de Orlèans - Borbon, President of Racing Engineering: "I am really excited and happy for the results we just got. Pole position in Monaco is something unique for us and Dani did a wonderful job in keeping it all together. Christian did a fantastic job as well. It's a pity he first found traffic and had yellow flags on his fast lap later. I think he will be good in tomorrow's race, as we saw how fast he is in Monaco during today's free practice. Once again, I thank the entire team for the great work. Now we need to prepare tomorrow's race."

-source: racing-engineering.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Christian Vietoris , Sergio Perez , Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering