Merhi Storms to Race 2 Pole in Germany

Roberto Merhi took his second pole position of the season after dominating a wet qualifying session around the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The Zeta Corse driver was on the pace throughout the session, and was able to respond to anything his rivals managed.

Starting on the front row alongside Merhi is Colombian sensation Oscar Tunjo, who surpassed everyone’s expectations by putting his Pons Racing second. The eighteen year old was able to better the times set by championship contenders Carlos Sainz Jr and Oliver Rowland, who will start third and fourth respectively for DAMS and Fortec Motorsports.

Row three will see the two Lotus drivers lining up fifth and sixth, with Matthieu Vaxiviere, returning to the series this weekend after recovering from a back problem that ruled him out of the past two events and the Le Mans 24 Hours, ahead of Marlon Stockinger.

Podium finisher from race one on Saturday Sergey Sirotkin will start seventh in the second of the Fortec Motorsports entries, just ahead of Zoel Amberg of AV Formula, while Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing and Will Stevens of Strakka Racing start ninth and tenth.

The disappointing weekend for Pierre Gasly and the whole Arden Motorsport team continued, with the Frenchman struggling again and qualifying down on the back row of the grid in twenty-first alongside series debutant Cameron Twynham of Comtec Racing. Gasly’s team-mate William Buller also struggled and will start seventeenth.

Merhi won the previous time he took pole position at Moscow Raceway, and is proving to be a serious contender every time he drives onto a racetrack. A win today could see him climb into second position in the championship and become the closest challenger to his countryman Sainz’s lead.

Nurburgring Race 2 Qualifying Result

1 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 1:59.409
2 Oscar Tunjo COL Pons Racing 1:59.781
3 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS 1:59.960
4 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsports 2:00.231
5 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus 2:00.389
6 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus 2:00.520
7 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsports 2:00.689
8 Zoel Amberg SWI AV Formula 2:00.923
9 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 2:00.947
10 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 2:01.100
11 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse 2:01.190
12 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 2:01.221
13 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR 2:01.246
14 Norman Nato FRA DAMS 2:01.447
15 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 2:01.585
16 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing 2:01.832
17 William Buller GBR Arden Motorsport 2:01.887
18 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 2:01.971
19 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Tech 1 Racing 2:02.127
20 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula 2:02.802
21 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport 2:02.836
22 Cameron Twynham GBR Comtec Racing 2:04.267