Nyck de Vries took his second pole position of the weekend in Paul Ricard to strengthen his bid for the 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series championship as his only championship challenger Dennis Olsen could only qualify sixteenth.
De Vries currently sits 63 points ahead of Olsen with only 75 available, and the Norwegian now needs a minor miracle to be able to take the fight to the Dutch driver to the season finale in Jerez in three weeks time.
Koiranen GP driver de Vries was fastest in the second group in qualifying and therefore took pole position ahead of Aurelien Panis, who was fastest in the first group for the ART Junior Team.
As a result of de Vries’ fastest time, everyone in his session will take the odd-numbered grid slots, with everyone in Panis’ session taking the evens. Therefore Egor Orudzhev of Tech 1 Racing will start third ahead of Ignazio d’Agosto of Koiranen GP.
Kevin Jorg will start fifth for Josef Kaufmann Racing ahead of Alexander Albon of KTR, while another Josef Kaufmann Racing driver will start seventh in the form of Gustav Malja.
Martin Rump was the leading Fortec Motorsports driver in qualifying and will start eighth ahead of his fellow Estonian Hans Villemi of Prema Powerteam, while the third Josef Kaufmann Racing machine of Ryan Tveter will start tenth.
Paul Ricard Race 2 Qualifying Result
|1||Nyck de Vries||NED||Koiranen GP||2:03.040|
|2||Aurelien Panis||FRA||ART Junior Team||2:03.419|
|3||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Tech 1 Racing||2:03.256|
|4||Ignazio d’Agosto||ITA||Koiranen GP||2:03.675|
|5||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:03.505|
|7||Gustav Malja||SWE||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:03.639|
|8||Martin Rump||EST||Fortec Motorsports||2:03.848|
|9||Hans Villemi||EST||Prema Powerteam||2:03.779|
|10||Ryan Tveter||USA||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:03.871|
|11||Steijn Schothorst||NED||Manor MP Motorsport||2:03.953|
|12||Levin Amweg||SWI||ART Junior Team||2:03.911|
|13||Andrea Pizzitola||FRA||Manor MP Motorsport||2:03.962|
|14||Jack Aitken||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||2:03.965|
|15||Bruno Bonifacio||BRZ||Prema Powerteam||2:04.205|
|16||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Prema Powerteam||2:04.025|
|18||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||2:04.332|
|19||Simon Gachet||FRA||ART Junior Team||2:04.539|
|20||Jules Gounon||FRA||AV Formula||2:04.402|
|21||Matt Parry||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||2:04.637|
|22||Louis Deletraz||SWI||AV Formula||2:04.657|
|23||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||2:05.034|
|25||Philo Armand||INA||Tech 1 Racing||2:05.178|
|26||Hong Li Ye||CHN||Koiranen GP||2:05.360|
|27||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||2:05.416|