De Vries takes race two pole at Aragon

Nyck de Vries took his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series pole position during a very close and exciting qualifying on Sunday morning at Motorland Aragon.

De Vries, the 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series champion, took his DAMS machine to the front with a great late lap, with his 1m41.609s leading a group of four covered by less than one tenth of a second.

Race one pole sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere will start race two from the front row of the grid, with the Lotus driver just 0.024s away from the pole time, while Fortec Motorsports duo Oliver Rowland, yesterday’s race winner, and Jazeman Jaafar will share row two, with just 0.001s separating the two of them.

Pietro Fantin will start fifth for International Draco Racing, 0.238s back from de Vries, but the Brazilian is ahead of another group of five drivers covered by less than a tenth of a second, with Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s Tom Dillmann sixth, Dean Stoneman of DAMS seventh, Nicholas Latifi of Arden Motorsport eighth and Tio Ellinas of Strakka Racing.

Alfonso Celis Jr will start tenth for AVF after being the quickest driver in the first half of the session, with his time of 1m41.963s beating team-mate Beitske Visser by 0.122s.

De Vries will be looking to convert his pole position into a maiden win, but Vaxiviere will also be eager to put his disappointing race one behind him to take his first series victory.

Motorland Aragon Race 2 Qualifying Times

11Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m41.609s
29Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m41.633s
34Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m41.689s
43Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m41.690s
519Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m41.847s
626Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m41.868s
72Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m41.882s
85Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m41.898s
911Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m41.937s
1015Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m41.963s
1116Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m42.085s
1212Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m42.313s
1310Meindert van BuurenNEDLotus1m42.337s
1425Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.360s
1520Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m42.414s
166Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m42.515s
1717Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m42.675s
1840Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing1m42.857s
1918Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m43.027s
2039Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m43.125s