Baptista beats Rovera for maiden EuroFormula Open pole

Brazilian Vitor Baptista became the first rookie driver to secure a pole position in 2015 after grabbing top spot in a wet qualifying for race one at Paul Ricard.

The RP Motorsport driver came out on top of a close qualifying session, setting a lap time of 2m18.144s, beating Friday pacesetter Alessio Rovera of BVM Racing by just 0.044s.

Russian John Simonyan will start third in the MKTG-backed RP Motorsport machine, alongside the leading Campos Racing entry of Mexican racer Diego Mencheca.

Damiano Fioravanti will start this afternoon’s race from fifth position in a third RP Motorsport entry, alongside the leading Team West-Tec F3 machine of Thai driver Tanart Sathienthirakul.

The leading Emilio de Villota Motorsport entry of Yu Kanamaru will start seventh, but was 1.270s adrift of the pole time, while Jerez race two winner Konstantin Tereschenko will start eighth ahead of Yarin Stern of Team West-Tec F3 and Leonardo Pulcini of DAV Racing.

Race one at Paul Ricard gets underway 15:00 local time, with drivers hoping for the track to dry for lights out, while a lot of attention will be placed onto Baptista at the front with his maiden pole.

Paul Ricard Race 1 Qualifying Times

13Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport2m18.144s
220Alessio RoveraITABVM Racing2m18.188s
32John SimonyanRUSMKTG2m18.377s
47Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing2m18.741s
55Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport2m18.826s
615Tanart SathienthirakulTHATeam West-Tec F32m18.894s
716Yu KanamaruJPNEmilio de Villota Motorsport2m19.414s
86Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing2m19.487s
910Yarin SternISRTeam West-Tec F32m19.533s
1077Leonardo PulciniITADAV Racing2m19.781s
1137Igor WalilkoPOLRP Motorsport2m19.821s
121Andres SaraviaGTMRP Motorsport2m20.546s
138Henrique BaptistaBRZCampos Racing2m20.699s
144Antonio PtakPOLRP Motorsport2m20.701s
1518Michael DorrbeckerMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport2m21.108s
1619William BarbosaCOLBVM Racing2m21.504s
179Ahmad Al GhanemKWTCampos Racing2m22.201s
1817Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport2m23.011s