Double pole for Hartley Considerable tactical acumen was required to complete two clear laps among the pack of 37 cars participating in this qualifying session. The New Zealander claimed the first two pole positions of the 2007 Eurocup Formula...
Double pole for Hartley
Considerable tactical acumen was required to complete two clear laps among the pack of 37 cars participating in this qualifying session. The New Zealander claimed the first two pole positions of the 2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The Frenchmen Tristan Vautier (Graff Racing) and Charles Pic (SG Formula) will join him on the front row of the grid.
Only 37 cars lined up for this qualifying session. JerÃ'me d'Ambrosio (Cram Competition) was not allowed to take part as he competed in an F3000 championship last year.
SG Formula, who had had a quiet time of things until today, showed good form at the beginning of the session. Charles Pic and Nelson Panciatici quickly took the lead. Roberto Mehri (Jenzer Motorsport), Tristan Vautier (Graff Racing), Frank Kechele and Oliver Oakes (Motopark Academy) were also impressive in the opening minutes. In their efforts to secure the best possible times, several drivers ended up in the gravel traps, including Henki Waldschmidt (Prema Power Team) and Tiago Petiz (Omicron Racing).
In the middle of the session, the Epsilon Euskadi drivers came to the party: Brendon Hartley claimed the best time, while Jaime Alguersuari was third behind Pic. Mihai Marinescu lay in fourth place ahead of Vautier and Waldschmidt.
All the drivers then stopped by the pits for their fresh set of tyres. Oakes moved up to second between Hartley and Pic.
Ten minutes from the end, there was a brief stoppage as the session was red-flagged after the Andorran Francesc Moreno (Omicron Racing) crashed off.
When the action resumed, Markus Niemela (BVM Minardi Team) snatched third position from Charles Pic. Alguersuari climbed back into the top five, ahead of Marinescu. Tristan Vautier showed the form that had seen him clock the best time in testing on Thursday to get back up to second.
Pic then crashed off as he attempted to regain the upper hand, causing the session to be yellow-flagged. And things went from bad to worse for SG Formula when Jon Lancaster crashed off too, bringing the red flag out once more! With two minutes to go, the session was brought to an early close.
With the two best times in the session, Hartley claimed pole position for both races, ahead of Vautier (race 1) and Pic (race 2). Vautier also secured third place on the grid for race 1, while Henki Waldschmidt will start both races from the second row.