Dillmann secures Sunday pole at wet Hungaroring


Tom Dillmann secured pole position for the third time in four Formula V8 3.5 Series races at a rain-hit Hungaroring on Sunday morning.

The Frenchman made the most of the conditions to set a best time of 2m02.933s in his AVF machine, 0.732s clear of second placed Roy Nissany of Lotus, who had sat at the top of the timing screens for much of the session.

Matthieu Vaxiviere had looked set to take pole himself, setting a time better than Dillmann’s, only for the SMP Racing driver to have the time deleted due to exceeding track limits during the lap.

Vaxiviere was forced to settle for third on the grid as a result, and will line-up alongside fellow Frenchman Aurélien Panis of Arden Motorsport, who ended up more than one-second adrift of the pole time.

Louis Deletraz will start fifth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of the second Lotus of Rene Binder, with Beitske Visser the leading Teo Martin Motorsport entry in seventh ahead of Deletraz’s team-mate Pietro Fittipaldi.

Race one winner Johnny Cecotto Jr will start ninth for RP Motorsport ahead of the sole representative of the Durango Racing Team, Giuseppe Cipriani, who was the last of the fifteen drivers to set a lap time.

Alfonso Celis Jr, Egor Orudzhev, Vitor Baptista, Matevos Isaakyan and Yu Kanamaru all failed to set a time, and will start from P11-P15, although Celis Jr will start at the back due to his five-place grid penalty for incidents in race one.

Hungaroring Race 2 Qualifying Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
116Tom DillmannFRAAVF2m02.933s
24Roy NissanyISRLotus2m03.665s
323Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing2m03.865s
48Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport2m03.990s
51Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports2m04.393s
63Rene BinderAUTLotus2m04.431s
76Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport2m04.780s
82Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports2m04.841s
921Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport2m06.286s
1020Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team2m08.926s
1115Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVFNo Time
127Egor OrudzhevRUSArden MotorsportNo Time
1322Vitor BaptistaBRZRP MotorsportNo Time
1426Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP RacingNo Time
1525Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin MotorsportNo Time