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Tan Takes Maiden Pole Double At Snetterton

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Protyre Formula Renault newcomer Weiron Tan took his first pole positions in the single-seater championship during qualifying for Rounds Four, Five and Six at Snetterton.

The Malaysian driver dominated the second qualifying session of the day to put himself on pole for Sunday’s two races, with championship leader Chris Middlehurst having secured pole earlier in the day for the triple-header’s opening race this afternoon.

The morning session proved disastrous for Tan, with problems for his Fortec Motorsport-prepared FR 2.0 leaving him twentieth and last on the grid for the opening race. Tan, who picked up a maiden podium at the opening rounds at Donington Park, bounced back well though, with a best time 1:11.037s putting him on pole for race two, with his second best time putting him on top for race three.

Tan will be joined on the front row of the grid for the final race of the weekend by Middlehurst, the MGR Motorsport driver continuing his superb start to the season by putting himself in the top three for all three races, including the pole for race one with a best time of 1:11.556s.

Joe Ghanem was the best of the rest in the opening session, finishing up 0.147s shy of Middlehurst’s best, though the second session didn’t go as well for the Lebanese racer, going eighth and sixth fastest.

Double pole-sitter last time out at Donington Park Sam MacLeod had a mixed day too, with third for race one and second for race two tainted by a disappointing tenth for race three.

Also impressing were Jorge Cevallos, a pair of fourths and a sixth, Ivan Taranov, three top five starts, and Pietro Fittipaldi, two fifths and a seventh, with the truly international flavour of the grid being proved in the grid for race three, where seven different nationalities are represented in the top seven places.

Full qualifying results can be found here:

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