Rowland grabs last-gasp race two pole at Spa


Racing Steps Foundation-backed Oliver Rowland snatched race two pole position from Tio Ellinas in the closing moments of qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Fortec Motorsports driver set a best time of 1m59.092s to beat Strakka Racing’s Ellinas by just 0.062s to take his first pole position of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season, and become the fourth different pole sitter so far in five races.

Ellinas had look set to take his maiden pole position until Rowland set his final lap time, but the Strakka Racing driver will start on the front row for the first time this year.

Nyck de Vries will line-up third for DAMS alongside the second Fortec Motorsports entry of Jazeman Jaafar, while row three sees race one winner Matthieu Vaxiviere of Lotus line-up alongside the second DAMS of Red Bull Junior driver Dean Stoneman.

Nicholas Latifi, who missed out on a podium finish in race one on Saturday despite leading at the start, will start race two from seventh for Arden Motorsport, alongside Tom Dillmann of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

Egor Orudzhev of Arden and Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing completed the top ten.

The session was halted in the early stages when Pons Racing’s Philo Paz Patric Armand crashed, and as a result will start the race from the back of the grid having failed to set a representative lap time.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
14Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m59.092s
211Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m59.154s
31Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m59.310s
43Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m59.336s
59Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m59.426s
62Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m59.454s
75Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m59.702s
826Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m59.941s
96Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m59.952s
1019Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing2m00.193s
1112Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing2m00.196s
1218Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing2m00.219s
1317Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing2m00.223s
1416Beitske VisserNEDAVF2m00.270s
1515Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF2m00.732s
1625Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin2m00.753s
1710Meindert van BuurenNEDLotus2m00.757s
1840Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing2m01.082s
1920Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing2m01.666s
2039Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing2m14.899s