EU 2000: Donington qualifying notes

Speed and Fleming lead the pack Speed and Fleming weren't out on the track for long just long enough to take a pole position each in this weekend's races. Meanwhile, championship contender Pagenaud starts much further down the grid. Qualifying...

Speed and Fleming lead the pack

Speed and Fleming weren't out on the track for long just long enough to take a pole position each in this weekend's races. Meanwhile, championship contender Pagenaud starts much further down the grid.

Qualifying 1. Scott Speed has already given us a taste of his racing talent, but this weekend the young American also gave us a real nail-biter. The Motopark Academy driver put in a perfect lap to take pole in race one, just 151/100ths ahead of Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport). Earlier in this first timed outing of the weekend, Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) had stood on pole for much of the session, before being knocked down into fourth by Speed, Kochem and Moreau (SG Formula), now back among us in the European championship and on form with an excellent third place. There were fewer smiles, though, in the Graff Racing team, as Pagenaud ended the session back in 13th, Pilet nevertheless qualifying in a respectable sixth position.

Qualifying 2. Once again the leaders were in no rush to head out onto the track on Friday afternoon, preferring to leave it to the newcomers. Hall, Conway and Hollings therefore had the track to themselves for 15 minutes before Speed decided to get going, immediately putting in a time to rival Fleming's fastest lap. Pagenaud, Kofler and Kochem joined him on the track a few seconds later, with Kochem moving straight away up into the top group. Pagenaud and Kofler, meanwhile, found it harder to match the leading pace.

Then right at the last second Fleming snatched pole position for race two ahead of Kochem and Speed, with Pagenaud again much further down the field, this time in twelfth.

<pre> Qualifying 1 1) Speed 1'31''581 2) Kochem 1'31''596 3) Moreau 1'31''794 4) Fleming 1'31''954 5) Strous 1'32''047 6) Pilet 1'32''094 7) Meijer 1'32''248 8) Aleshin 1'32''262 9) Conway 1'32''308 10) Claessens 1'32''358

Qualifying 2 1) Fleming 1'31''264 2) Kochem 1'31''283 3) Speed 1'31''285 4) Pilet 1'31''541 5) Meijer 1'31''895 6) Moreau 1'31''961 7) Claessens 1'32''085 8) Strous 1'32''089 9) Conway 1'32''184 10 Aleshin 1'32''218

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Jenzer Motorsport