EU 2.0: Series Spa qualifying report

Costa double pole-sitter again! After an intense twenty minutes of qualifying, Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) wins his third and fourth pole-position of the season at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The Spaniard had to battle hard with...

Costa double pole-sitter again!

After an intense twenty minutes of qualifying, Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) wins his third and fourth pole-position of the season at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The Spaniard had to battle hard with the Motopark Academy drivers. Rookie driver Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) will share the front row with Albert Costa.

Last night a storm came down on the Spa-Francorchamps track just before the scheduled Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. qualifying session. So for safety reasons, Friday's qualifying sessions were cancelled. As a result, all drivers were entered for Saturday morning's SuperPole session. The intense twenty-minute session saw all thirty two cars qualify. The fastest lap driven by each competitor decides the race 1 grid and the second best time for each driver determines the grid order for race 2.

The track was dry on Saturday morning and most of the competitors were on the track from the very start. Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) was the first to take provisional pole position with a 2'21''319 lap, ahead of Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy), Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) and Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi).

Jean-Eric Vergne underlined his lead by going faster on his next lap (2'20''290). Meanwhile Albert Costa moved up to third position ahead of the three Motopark Academy cars, with Magnussen ahead of Quaife-Hobbs and then Da Costa. The session was held up when Fredrik Blonsted (Fortec Motorsport) span out.

When the green flag was shown, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers resumed for a little over eight minutes. The provisional pole-sitter changed with each passing lap. Kevin Magnussen knocked Vergne off the top spot, then Antonio Felix da Costa and Albert Costa upped the stakes again. The Spaniard managed to pull off a very quick lap in 2'18''827 and finished the session on pole for both this weekend's races - which makes him unbeaten in qualifying since the beginning of the season! Behind the Epsilon Euskadi driver came Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne. Quote, unquote:

Albert Costa: "The track was fast this morning. Like everyone, I was held up by the red flag when I was in a quick lap. We fitted new tires for the restart but I got a yellow flag in another quick lap. I went all out again to win the pole-position and I kept pushing for the second pole. I'm very happy because all the Epsilon Euskadi team is working really hard. I thank each and every member of the team for everything they're doing."

Kevin Magnussen: "This is a very good result for me. It's my rookie year in the series. I'm very happy to be in the top 3. We fitted new tires when the red flag came out. I got in some good laps at the end of the session. I'm really satisfied."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Antonio Felix da Costa , Jean-Eric Vergne , Kevin Magnussen