Jerez FR3.5: Rowland takes pole in wet final qualifying

Oliver Rowland was fastest in the second Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying at Jerez to grab the final pole position in the championship’s tenure under the French manufacturer.

The Briton recorded his benchmark time just as the session ended, denying McLaren junior Nyck de Vries.

With the Sunday programme delayed by 75 minutes due to heavy rain, the session kicked off under soaking wet conditions and it was Alfonso Celis snatching the early lead, followed by de Vries and Rowland.

The sun shining and the lack of further rain improved the conditions for the second part as de Vries quickly jumped into the lead with two consecutive fastest laps.

The McLaren junior found himself down in third as the clock ticked down though as championship-leading duo Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere claimed first and second respectively.

Rowland’s time of 1m45.903s earned him his seventh pole of the season, while the Briton will be joined by his season-long rival Vaxiviere on the front row.

Taking third and fourth, de Vries and Egor Orudzhev were fastest of those fighting for third in the standings with Celis securing fifth.

Strakka’s Tio Ellinas grabbed sixth ahead of Nicholas Latifi and race one pole-sitter Tom Dillmann, who had a brief visit to the gravel in the early part of the session.

The top 10 was completed by Red Bull junior Dean Stoneman and Swede Gustav Malja.

While the first two spots in the standings are settled, the third position is still to be decided among six drivers with de Vries currently occupying the place.

Qualifying results

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1'45.903  
Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1'46.019 0.116
Nyck de Vries DAMS 1'46.352 0.449
Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1'46.768 0.865
Alfonso Celis AVF 1'47.056 1.153
Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1'47.256 1.353
Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1'47.328 1.425
Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1'47.409 1.506
Dean Stoneman DAMS 1'47.467 1.564
10  Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1'47.477 1.574
11  Andre Negrao International Draco Racing 1'47.702 1.799
12  Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1'48.082 2.179
13  Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1'48.157 2.254
14  Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1'48.211 2.308
15  Beitske Visser AVF 1'48.545 2.642
16  Nikita Zlobin Pons Racing 1'48.687 2.784
17  Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1'48.773 2.870
18  Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1'48.987 3.084
19  Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1'49.846 3.943
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Series Formula V8 3.5
Event Jerez
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Matthieu Vaxiviere , Nyck de Vries , Oliver Rowland
Teams Fortec Motorsports
Article type Qualifying report