Fauzy takes pole position Fairuz Fauzy (Cram Competition) secured his first pole position in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 at the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The Malaysian driver maintained the form he showed in ...
Fauzy takes pole position
Fairuz Fauzy (Cram Competition) secured his first pole position in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 at the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The Malaysian driver maintained the form he showed in collective testing to dominate today's qualifying session. He will be joined on row one by Alvaro Barba (Draco Racing), who was quickest in the first series, which was held on a drying track.
The first series got underway on a track that was still wet from a mid-afternoon shower. Having crashed off collective testing, Guillaume Moreau (KTR) headed out on to the track despite a broken hand!
The first few laps were clocked at around the 1'25" mark. The session was however red-flagged after eight minutes, when Michael Herck (Red Devil Comtec) crashed off. At that stage, Alvaro Barba (Draco Racing) held the best time with a lap of 2'22''004. He was ahead of fellow Spaniard Alejandro NuÃ±ez (Red Devil Comtec), Ben Hanley (Prema Powerteam), James Walker (Fortec Motorsport) and Alvaro Parente (Tech 1 Racing).
By the time the session resumed, the track was already speeding up: Miguel Molina (Pons Racing) grabbed the top spot with a time of 2'18''963. Barba held onto second, in front of Guillaume Moreau and Alvaro Parente.
Barba improved again to clock a 2'16''483 lap. The session was then suspended again, this time due to a slip-up from Jaap van Lagen (Eurointernational). Behind Barba, Moreau held a somewhat unexpected second place. He was followed by James Walker, Alejandro NuÃ±ez and Daniil Move (Interwetten.com).
With only five minutes of the session left to go, the drivers rushed back out for one or two final flying laps on fresh slick tyres. Charlie Kimball (Victory Engineering) soared to the top of the timing sheets with a lap of 2'08'223. At the death, however, it was Alvaro Barba who had the final word with a lap of 2'05''771, to finish ahead of Miguel Molina, Giedo van der Garde, Alvaro Parente and Mikhail Aleshin.
Richard Philippe (Fortec Motorsport) made an unfortunate start to the session, crashing off on his out lap, meaning the red flag had to be shown. When the session resumed, Bertrand Baguette (KTR) became the first to break through the 2'05'' mark. The local boy led from Fairuz Fauzy (Cram Competition), Clivio Piccione (RC Motorsport) and Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com).
Then Fairuz Fauzy dipped under the 2'04'' mark. Clivio Piccione was still right there in the scrap for pole position, and so were Davide Valsecchi (Epsilon Euskadi) and Bertrand Baguette. With seven minutes to go, it was indeed the Italian who grabbed the best time, with a lap of 2'03''750.
With just two minutes of the session left, Duran moved up into second position. A few seconds later, Fairuz Fauzy reproduced the form he showed in collective testing to take pole, with a blistering lap of 2'03''224. At the death, Piccione reclaimed second position, whilst Bertrand Baguette managed to grab a place on row three! Valsecchi and Duran rounded off the top five, closely followed by Albuquerque.