Marinescu Pips Zanella To Race 2 Pole At Brands

by Peter Allen
Mihai Marinescu - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography

Mihai Marinescu claimed his third pole position of the FIA Formula Two Championship as he edged out rival Christopher Zanella in qualifying ahead of race two at Brands Hatch.

15-year-old Matheo Tuscher led the way at the halfway stage of the 30 minute session, but sat out the remainder of the session having used all of his permitted overboosts.

Zanella bettered his fellow Swiss driver by half a second after bolting on fresh tyres, but Marinescu then took pole by just 0.034 seconds.

“Yesterday was quite difficult in the rain,” said Marinecsu afterwards. “It was difficult to see from the spray of the cars in front but now everything is sorted and it was quite okay. I felt good in the race and I had the fastest lap. I am happy it is dry but wet would have been a good choice as well. It is a tricky pole position but I think it is going to be okay, I have no fears about it. I just put the power down and go.”

Markus Pommer claimed third on the grid, having had to start Saturday's race from the back after an issue in qualifying before fighting his way through to fifth by the end.

Dino Zamparelli matched his qualifying result from Saturday by taking fourth, and with it the status of top British driver. This time the Bristol racer will get to actually line up fourth having had a grid penalty for the first race that dropped him to ninth.

Saturday's dominant race winner Kevin Mirocha will start fifth, having recorded exactly the same time as Zamparelli.

Max Snegirev couldn't quite repeat the heroics that nearly saw him snatch pole on Saturday, but again used his experience at Brands Hatch to be competitive and take sixth – only 0.009s away from fourth.

Tuscher slipped to seventh, but will start just ahead of his championship rival and points leader Luciano Bacheta. Zamparelli and Bacheta were in fact separated by just 0.044s.

Alex Fontana was eight tenths off pole in ninth place, just ahead of Lymington's Hector Hurst, who celebrates his 20th birthday today.

Plamen Kralev was 11th, beating Daniel McKenzie, Kourosh Khani and Axcil Jefferies. David Zhu was 15th, with Mauro Calamia 16th.

Race two takes place at 14:50 BST,

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