IFM: Series Monza qualifying report

VAN DER DRIFT CLAIMS SEVENTH POLE JD Motorsport's Chris van der Drift claimed his seventh pole for Formula Master's round 15 in Monza, Italy, with a best time of 1:45.517. The 22-year-old New Zealander secured pole in the first part of ...

VAN DER DRIFT CLAIMS SEVENTH POLE

JD Motorsport's Chris van der Drift claimed his seventh pole for Formula Master's round 15 in Monza, Italy, with a best time of 1:45.517.

The 22-year-old New Zealander secured pole in the first part of the 30-minute qualifying session, before it was red-flagged after a spin from ADM Motorsport's Michele Caliendo.

Euronova Racing's Yuhi Sekiguchi posted the second fastest lap with a best time of 1:45.922, ahead of Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer. The 19-year-old Swiss will start tomorrow's race in third place thanks to his best lap of 1:45.985.

Norbert Siedler, driving for Pro Motorsport this weekend, will start alongside Leimer in fourth place after posting a best lap of 1:46.019, whilst JD Motorsport's Sergey Afanasiev completed his best qualifying lap in 1:46.198 and will start tomorrow's race in fifth position.

Newcomer Mihai Marinescu qualified in sixth place with Pro Motorsport, ahead of Cram Competition's Arturo Llobell. Both drivers posted laps of 1:46.344 and 1:46.441 respectively.

Harald Schlegelmilch qualified highest of the Trident Racing drivers; his best time of 1:46.464 earned him eighth place. New team-mate Michael Ammermuller will start tomorrow's race in 17th place after posting a best time of 1:47.114. The German is the only driver left in contention for the Drivers Classification prize, a test in the Honda Racing F1 car, alongside van der Drift.

Formula Master newcomers qualified throughout the field; Euronova Racing's Oliver Oakes secured a P13 start with a best lap of 1:46.842, ahead of Iris Project's Simon Trummer whose best time (1:47.113) earned him P16.

Euronova Racing's Riccardo Cinti (1:47.568) and ADM Motorsport's Federico Scionti (1:47.739) will start tomorrow's race in 20th and 22nd place respectively, whilst Dominik Wasem secured P24 for Trident Racing with a best time of 1:48.321.

Eurosport's coverage for Formula Master's race weekend in Monza will begin Saturday 4 October with race one shown live at 12:15 (CET) on Eurosport International and Asia Pacific. Sunday's race two will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 at 14:15 (CET).

Chris van der Drift, JD Motorsport

"Seven out of eight! I'm really pleased with today; it's a good way to start the weekend. We pushed very hard in the first part of qualifying because it started to rain a little bit so we didn't know how much of the session we would be able to use; maybe three or four laps maximum. Then it stopped but there wasn't enough time to set a better time between red flags."

Yuhi Sekiguchi, Euronova Racing

"On my first set of tyres, I was fast but didn't get a chance to put a perfect lap together. There were slower cars on some parts or sometimes a yellow flag. The second set was better, and on my last outing I was able to follow Fabio [Leimer] and use the slipstream behind him."

Fabio Leimer, Jenzer Motorsport

"We really pushed in the later part of the session but there wasn't a lot of time left. In the last run, Yuhi [Sekiguchi] was directly behind me on each lap. I was faster in the corners but he could put some good times on the straight by using my slipstream.

"I didn't have anyone in front of me that I could use and drove alone for most of the time which isn't actually an advantage in Monza."

Weather/Track: Bright 17DEG / Dry 21DEG

-credit: formulamaster.net

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Norbert Siedler , Harald Schlegelmilch , Dominik Wasem , Chris van der Drift , Fabio Leimer , Arturo Llobell , Yuhi Sekiguchi , Mihai Marinescu , Oliver Oakes , Simon Trummer
Teams Trident , Jenzer Motorsport