EU 2.0: Misano qualifying notes

Clos keeps run going Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) collected another two pole positions at the Misano circuit. The Spaniard will be joined on the front row by Tom Dillmann (SG Formula) and Adrian Zaugg (Cram Competition). Dani has two great ...

Clos keeps run going

Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) collected another two pole positions at the Misano circuit. The Spaniard will be joined on the front row by Tom Dillmann (SG Formula) and Adrian Zaugg (Cram Competition). Dani has two great chances to wrestle control of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 away from Atte Mustonen (Koiranen Bros), who had a poor qualifying session.

Little of real interest occurred in the first ten premières minutes of the session, with around fifteen cars out on the track. Of the leading drivers, only Carlo Van Dam was on the track. The Dutchman held top spot for a long period with a time of 1'31''615, but Nicki Sebastiani (IT Loox) and Jaime Alguersuari Jr. (Cram Competition) improved on his time just before the session's halfway stage.

The session came under full yellow for a few minutes, meaning that qualifying was effectively suspended, after one of the drivers crashed off. When the session resumed, the favourites entered the fray. Adrian Zaugg (Cram Competition), Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) and Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) took it in turns to take top spot on the timing screens.

Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) and Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon Euskadi) also showed good form, squeezing in between Clos and Zaugg.

With less than ten minutes to go, Atte Mustonen (Koiranen Bros) and Sebastien Buemi (Motopark Academy) made a move into the top five. But nobody seemed capable of getting close to Dani Clos, who still held the best two times.

Nobody, that is, with the possible exception of Brendon Hartley. Having made a somewhat quiet start to the season, the New Zealander snatched the second best time, just 17/1000ths adrift of Clos.

Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport) finally managed to beat Clos' time with five minutes of the session left, but the Spaniard hit back immediately to move clear by 2/10ths. Adrian Zaugg moved back among the leaders, taking 3rd place. Tom Dillmann (SG Formula) and Edoardo Piscopo (Cram Competition) also looked ready to muscle in on the fight for the leading places in the final minutes of the session.

Dillmann did just that in claiming the second best time, before spinning off, whilst Hartley ended up in the gravel trap on his final attempt.

Dani Clos thus took pole position for both races. He will be joined on the front row by Tom Dillmann this afternoon and by Adrian Zaugg tomorrow morning. Sixth and fourth respectively, Alguersuari produced a superb overall performance. Hartley (5th for both races) and Albuquerque (7th & 6th) also will have great opportunities to do well!

Dani Clos: "We have been working hard since Thursday morning but our rivals are keeping up the pressure on us. Things didn't go so well yesterday but we were back to our top level this morning."

Tom Dillmann: "I hope to finish on the podium for the first time in Formula Renault 2.0 this afternoon! I'd like to thank the SG Formula engineers who had only finished changing my engine a few minutes before the start of the session!"

Adrian Zaugg: "I've been a little unlucky since the start of the Eurocup, so I'm all the more pleased to be back at the front of the grid. I lost time on my quick laps when I came up on a slow moving car that had crashed off and was coming back onto the track."

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kasper Andersen , Bertrand Baguette , Adrian Zaugg , Sébastien Buemi , Tom Dillmann , Brendon Hartley , Filipe Albuquerque , Atte Mustonen , Carlo Va , Dani Clos , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Jenzer Motorsport