First and last pole of the season for McIntosh
Sean McIntosh (KTR) picked up his first pole position in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 in the last qualifying session of the season. The Canadian snatched the fastest time away from Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) right at the chequered flag! McIntosh will be joined on the front row by Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA).
Tristan Gommendy was the fastest to go into action. After having approached race one more like a practice session, Pons Racing had modified his setup. James Rossiter confirmed that the Spanish team was on good form by taking his own turn to set the fastest time.
Franck Perera (Interwetten.com) was the first driver to go faster than 1'28''. Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA), Christian Montanari (Prema Powerteam) and Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) were also in the hunt for pole position.
With thirteen minutes gone, it was down to Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) to demonstrate his ability by setting the fastest time by a margin of just 13/1000ths of a second! Shortly afterwards, the session had to be brought to a halt as the red flag was shown when Franck Perera went off the course at turn 11.
Parente was prevented from coming out for a final run by a minor electrical problem. With just one minute left, Nil Montserrat (Eurointernational) and Alvaro Barba (Jenzer Motorsport) crashed out at the same time, meaning the red flag had to be shown again, bringing the session to a definitive close. But just at that moment, Pastor Maldonado snatched the fastest time way from Parente!
The session was very soon suspended for a full yellow after Miguel Molina (GD Racing) went off the course. The green flags were finally waved with seven minutes of the session remaining. On his first flying lap, Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) set the fastest time with a lap in 1'27''613. Following in the wake of the Swedish driver, Sean McIntosh (KTR) was the next to go fastest with a lap in 1'27''311, thereby beating Maldonado's time!
But Danielsson kept on going to produce a perfect lap in 1'27''209! McIntosh was unable to hit back, but there were still three minutes remaining. The KTR team was clearly going well, as Robbie Kerr then slotted into third position ahead of Adrian Zaugg (Carlin Motorsport) and Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com). McIntosh finally came good right at the chequered flag, earning the Canadian the final pole position of the season!
After being pushed back to row six by Milos Pavlovic (Draco Multiracing USA) in the final minute, Soucek was able to regain his position on row five just before the close.
Sean McIntosh: "I had the potential to take pole position in Misano. But this time, everything has fallen into place on this circuit which I really love. I hope the crowds keep pouring into the stands and that we can put on a good show for the fans."
Penalties from race 1
Two drivers have been penalized subsequent to race one. Miguel Molina (GD Racing) has been disqualified for changing tyres during the installation laps. The point for 10th place goes to Pastor Maldonado. Ryo Fukuda (Tech 1 Racing) has been deemed responsible for a collision with Alvaro Barba at the start: he will have to serve a drive through in the first five laps of race two.