Antonio Felix da Costa to have the last word? Motopark Academy's Antonio Felix da Costa, SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne and Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa arrive at Motorland Aragon ready for action. The three drivers fighting for the Eurocup ...
Antonio Felix da Costa to have the last word?
Motopark Academy's Antonio Felix da Costa, SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne and Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa arrive at Motorland Aragon ready for action. The three drivers fighting for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 faced some stiff competition in the SuperPole. Antonio Felix da Costa gained the upper hand against his rivals by claiming both pole positions ahead of Costa and Vergne. The stage is set, and the final two races look to be the hottest of the season!
The drivers held off for a few minutes before taking to the track for this, the final qualifying session this year. From his first flying lap, Albert Costa placed himself at the top of the leader board in 1'59"661. The Spaniard then had to contend with the Motopark Academy drivers. Kevin Magnussen took control of the group with a lap time of 1'59"0887 ahead of teammate da Costa. Albert Costa struck back immediately to reclaim his pole position, but on his final attempt, Kuba Giermaziak went one better. The Polish driver set the fastest time in Group A with a 1'58"801 lap ahead of Costa and da Costa.
Like the group A drivers before them, the group B drivers waited before going on the hunt for the quickest qualifying times. Epsilon Sport's Luciano Bacheta set the tempo, while SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne and Epsilon Euskadi's Carlos Munoz followed suit. Krenek Motosport's Adam Kout upped the ante in the run-up to the end of the session with a lap time of 1'59"365. Next it was the turn of SG Formula's Miki Monras to lead, buy Epsilon Euskadi's Nathanael Bethon got the better of the pair of them. Vergne waited for the very closing moments to show his stuff. With a 1'58"839 lap, he was the fastest in Group B leading Berhon, Monras and SG Formula's Arthur Pic.
Giermaziak and BVM Minardi Team's Dean Smith set the pace in the first part of the SuperPole, while championship leaders waited in the stands for their moment. After his first flying lap, Vergne claimed provisional pole. Meanwhile, da Costa was wasting no time in bettering his time, lapping in 1'58"422. The tone was raised further towards the end of the session. It was becoming difficult to separate da Costa, Costa and Vergne. The last lap was decisive, As Costa, who claimed top spot seemed to have had the final say. Nevertheless, da Costa managed to unseat him, claiming the final Pole Position of the season, in 1'58"256. The Portuguese driver managed to chalk up another point in the championship. Leading Costa and Vergne, the three drivers will start in that order for both races.
Antonio Felix da Costa: "This if good, particularly after what happened at Nurburgring. We're back. I still need to concentrate on the races and try to win them both. We are waiting to see what the other guys do, but it's going to be tough."
Albert Costa: "I'm happy because I succeeded in placing myself in front of my main rival Jean-Eric Vergne in both races. I managed to set my best time and get in front of one of my competitors. I didn't get pole, but I'm confident for the race. The car is set up right, and I'm feeling good."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "I didn't put on a great show, but the car is good. I'm only two points behind Costa. Anything could happen in the race, I'm leaving nothing to chance. It's going to be tight."