Kubica and Power on pole
Robert Kubica gave his team, Epsilon Euskadi, pole position for the first World Series race. The Polish driver will be joined on the front row by Will Power (Carlin Motorsport), who will also be in pole position for the second race. The Australian will line up alongside Milos Pavlovic (GD Racing) on the front row of the grid.
A new driver has joined the ranks of the WSR this weekend: Ryan Sharp, who has replaced Patrick Pilet at Jenzer Motorsport. The Scottish driver finished as runner-up in last year's Eurocup Formula Renault V6, also with Jenzer Motorsport.
The session was quickly brought to a halt to allow the stewards to clear Damien Pasini's car (Cram Competition), which had broken down, from the circuit. When the session restarted, Will Power was dislodged from first place by Alx Danielsson (DAMS). Celso Miguez (Ponz Racing) put in his bid for pole at that point, but it was Eric Salignon (Cram Competition) who overtook everyone else with a lap of 1'52''014. Now in full flow, Power snatched back control with a time of 1'50''993, whilst Jaap Van Lagen (KTR) crashed violently into the barriers, bringing the first series to a close. There was disappointment for Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport), who had set the best time in yesterday's free practice. He will start tomorrow's first race from the back of the grid, after clipping the wall.
In the second series, the fight for pole kicked off between Robert Kubica (Epsilon) and Tristan Gommendy (KTR), who got the upper hand. Matteo Meneghello (Eurointernational), back to racing this weekend, made a mistake and went off, but was able to continue. The session was then interrupted six minutes from the end in order to fix a loose drain! When the session got underway again, Gommendy improved his time, but then span off at the chicane on his last flying lap. Robert Kubica needed no further invitation to take the best time of 1'50''527, and with it, pole position! Enrico Toccacelo (Victory Engineering) took 3rd position from Fleming, the final top 5 place going to Markus Winkelhock (Draco).
The track seemed a lot more tricky for the second session: Enrico Toccacelo, Simon Pagenaud, Robert Kubica and Colin Fleming were all caught out. The session was interrupted seven minutes from the end when Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational) crashed into the wall. At that point, it was Felix Porteiro that held the best time of 1'51''546. He was followed by Milos Pavlovic (GD Racing), Colin Fleming, Enrico Toccacelo and Tristan Gommendy. When the session got underway again, Robert Kubica and Tristan Gommendy became the two quickest drivers. Kubica kept on improving his best time right to the chequered flag, but he was overtaken by Pavlovic in a time of 1'50''410, and Winkelhock! Fleming took 4th place from Gommendy.
In the second series, Andreas Zuber came to a halt at the side of the track at the start of his warm-up lap. The Austrian was able to get away again with help from his team mechanics, which meant that he was disqualified after the session was finished. Will Power took revenge on behalf of his teammate by dominating the entire session. Very quick since the start of the weekend, Alx Danielsson took second place from Eric Salignon. On his final attempt, Will Power bettered his time again to secure pole position in a time of 1'49''957. Celso Miguez and Adrian Valles, teammates at Pons Racing, put in a joint effort to take 4th and 5th positions.
Robert Kubica: "It's fantastic for the team to get a pole position here. I can go for the win in the first race. It was very difficult to lap quickly here, or even just to stay on the track! You need to take risks."
Will Power: "This circuit is a big challenge for all of us, but since no-one has raced here before, I am not at a particular disadvantage. I have two great opportunities to move up the championship standings."