Zaugg up to speed
After only starting out in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 at the Nurburgring, Adrian Zaugg (Carlin Motorsport) has already taken his first pole position here in Donington. The South African will start this afternoon alongside Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing), meaning the front row will be monopolized by the British teams!
Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) set the fastest time in the opening minutes ahead of James Rossiter (Pons Racing). Just before the mid-point in the session, the yellow flag had to be shown after Miguel Molina (GD Racing) went off the course.
Seven minutes from the chequered flag, Marco Martinez (Eurointernational) was the next to spin, but the session was not disrupted. Then, to widespread surprise, it was Ryo Fukuda (Tech 1 Racing) who took the fastest time ahead of Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com).
Danielsson hit straight back by going close to the 1'20'' barrier. From there, he kept on pushing and improved his time three times in succession to set a fastest lap in 1'19''030.
In the closing seconds, Andy Soucek sneaked into second place ahead of Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport), Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport) and James Rossiter (Pons Racing), who suffered a mechanical failure on his last lap.
Just after the mid-point in the session, Danielsson's fastest time was beaten by Adrian Zaugg (Carlin Motorsport), who put in a lap in 1'18''873! The South African was faster than both Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) and Sean McIntosh (KTR), who had set the fastest time in free practice.
With six minutes to go, Maldonado then managed to get the upper hand by 44/1000ths. But Zaugg hit back with a lap in 1'18''283! Sean McIntosh then got the better of Maldonado, but crashed out on the following lap! With his car in a dangerous position, the red flag was shown and the session was brought to a close. In accordance with the regulations, the Canadian driver thereby forfeits all his times and shall start from the back of the grid.
The result: Adrian Zaugg takes his first pole position in only his third race in World Series Formula Renault 3.5.
Adrian Zaugg: "This time, our set-up was excellent for qualifying and I was looking for a place in the top five. But I didn't think I was in with a chance of pole! When the team informed me of the situation over the radio, I asked them to repeat the news as I thought I'd misheard them."
Alx Danielsson: "The session was disrupted by all the yellow flags. I made a slight error in the second sector of the track and I could have gone quicker. But I think the second series would have been quicker anyway."