Double NEC Assen pole for on-form Lando Norris


Lando Norris - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Fresh off the back of a double race victory last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, Lando Norris was back on track to take a double pole position as the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup arrived at the Dutch circuit of Assen.

The British driver was fastest in both qualifying sessions on Friday, and will lead an all-Josef Kaufmann Racing front row for both races alongside Indian team-mate Jehan Daruvala.

Norris’ best time of 1:34.684 was enough to see him take pole position for race one, with Daruvala just behind with a 1:34.712, while Max Defourny placed third for R-ace GP, a further 0.009 seconds down on second place.

Dorian Boccolacci will start fourth for Tech 1 Racing, just ahead of his team-mate Sacha Fenestraz, who secured his first NEC podium just one week ago in Belgium.

Nikita Troitskiy was the best placed of the Fortec Motorsports drivers in sixth, with the third Josef Kaufmann Racing entry of Russian teenager Robert Shwartzman seventh ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg of Fortec.

Will Palmer will start the opening race of the weekend from ninth for R-ace GP, and will be looking for some good results after an extremely difficult weekend at Spa last weekend, while Henrique Chaves of AVF will start tenth.

The second qualifying session saw Norris once again hit the front, with his best time of 1:33.945 comfortably clear of the rest of the field, with Daruvala once again the best of the rest, albeit 0.488 seconds down.

Boccolacci and Fenestraz will form an all-Tech 1 Racing second row ahead of Defourny and Shwartzman, with Palmer seventh ahead of Habsburg.

James Allen, fresh off his maiden Formula Renault 2.0 Series podium last weekend in Spa, will start ninth for JD Motorsport, with Alex Gill completing the top ten for Mark Burdett Motorsport.

Assen Race 1 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
12Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing1:34.684
21Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing1:34.712
333Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP1:34.721
49Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing1:35.195
511Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing1:35.202
67Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports1:35.334
73Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing1:35.438
862Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports1:35.472
914Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP1:35.506
1021Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles1:35.583
1110Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing1:35.677
126Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports1:35.682
1327Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport1:35.827
1418James AllenAUSJD Motorsport1:35.870
1596Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team1:36.053
165Vasily RomanovRUSFortec Motorsports1:36.109
1740Antoni PtakPOLCram Motorsport1:36.267
1877Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport1:37.104
1916Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP1:37.138
2024Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles1:37.138
2135Ghislain CordeelBELJD Motorsport1:37.305
2228Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport1:37.727
2332Kasper LarsenDENKEO Racing1:38.210
2442Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles1:39.086
2594Philippe HaezebrouckFRAFormula Motorsport1:42.500

Assen Race 2 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
12Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing1:33.945
21Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing1:34.433
39Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing1:34.560
411Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing1:34.575
533Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP1:34.590
63Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing1:34.955
714Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP1:35.208
862Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports1:35.261
918James AllenAUSJD Motorsport1:35.293
1027Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport1:35.390
117Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports1:35.425
1240Antoni PtakPOLCram Motorsport1:35.484
136Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports1:35.837
145Vasily RomanovRUSFortec Motorsports1:35.856
1510Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing1:35.994
1696Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team1:36.199
1777Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport1:36.284
1828Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport1:36.614
1916Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP1:36.691
2024Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles1:37.006
2132Kasper LarsenDENKEO Racing1:37.147
2235Ghislain CordeelBELJD Motorsport1:37.351
2342Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles1:38.109
2494Philippe HaezebrouckFRAFormula Motorsport1:39.361
2521Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles1:42.117