Hungaroring: Qualifying report

Moreau confirms with pole Guillaume Moreau (KTR) bagged his first ever pole position in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 here at the Hungaroring. Having continued where he left off in yesterday's collective testing, the Frenchman will be joined...

Moreau confirms with pole

Guillaume Moreau (KTR) bagged his first ever pole position in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 here at the Hungaroring. Having continued where he left off in yesterday's collective testing, the Frenchman will be joined on the front row of the start grid for race 1 by Alvaro Barba (Draco Racing).

Group B

Qualifying was barely underway -- the drivers having just completed their out lap -- before it was interrupted, as the session came under 'full yellow' after Marco Bonanomi (RC Motorsport) crashed on corner 3. And so we had the day's first major upset, as the Italian was one of the contenders for pole position!

The session resumed two minutes later. Alvaro Barba (Draco Racing) wasted no time in setting the best time, but Fairuz Fauzy (Cram Comp0x00e9tition) responded immediately. For the time being, nobody was able to record a sub-1'33'' lap.

With six minutes to go, Fauzy improved upon his best time to clock a 1'32''482 lap. Out of the spotlight so far this weekend, Alvaro Parente (Tech 1 Racing) stepped into the fray, taking second spot. Barba hadn't had his final word, however. With a time of 1'32''139, the Spaniard grabbed back to provisional pole with three minutes of the session to go. One by one, Aleshin, Molina and Jousse then pushed Parente down to sixth.

With 1'40'' left to the end of the session, Mikhail Aleshin went off on corner 11, which led to the session being brought to a definitive halt as the red flags were shown. Julien Jousse also came a cropper at the top of the start-finish straight. Barba was therefore left in top spot, ahead of Fauzy, Molina, Jousse and Parente.

Group A

Sebastian Vettel (Carlin Motorsport) went straight to the top of the timesheets on his first lap, ahead of Guillaume Moreau (KTR) and Milos Pavlovic (Draco Racing). By the end of his second lap, championship leader was within 5/10ths of Barba's time.

Behind these three, the KTR drivers continued their good form: Bertrand Baguette took second place and then Moreau beat Vettel's time with eight minutes gone. Shortly afterwards, the session was red-flagged to allow the marshals to clear Michael Herck's (Red Devil Comtec) car from the track. At this stage, Moreau was just ahead of Vettel, Pavlovic and Baguette. But Barba's had time had yet to be seriously threatened. All the drivers opt to put on a set second of new tyres.

When the session resumed, Giedo van der Garde (Victory Engineering) stole second spot from Vettel. Meanwhile, Guillaume Moreau produced the perfect lap and thus became the first to break through the 1'32'' barrier (1'31''862)!

Bertrand Baguette, and then Filipe Albuquerque (Epsilon Euskadi), wrestled second spot away from Giedo van der Garde. No one else managed to improve in the dying minutes and so Guillaume Moreau claimed his first ever pole position in World Series.

Guillaume Moreau: "This is the first pole position I've had since racing in Formula Renault, so you can imagine how pleased I am! The first run was good but then I got everything right after putting on my second set of tyres."

Alvaro Barba: "I'm disappointed because I really wanted pole position. I only completed five, so I wasn't able to use the car to its full potential."

-credit: wsbrenault

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Fairuz Fauzy , Marco Bonanomi , Alvaro Parente , Sebastian Vettel , Michael Herck , Bertrand Baguette , Julien Jousse , Mikhail Aleshin , Filipe Albuquerque , Guillaume Moreau
Teams Carlin