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
|1||1||Nyck de Vries||NED||DAMS||1m41.609s|
|3||4||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1m41.689s|
|4||3||Jazeman Jaafar||MAL||Fortec Motorsports||1m41.690s|
|5||19||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||International Draco Racing||1m41.847s|
|6||26||Tom Dillmann||FRA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m41.868s|
|8||5||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Arden Motorsport||1m41.898s|
|9||11||Tio Ellinas||CYP||Strakka Racing||1m41.937s|
|10||15||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||AVF||1m41.963s|
|12||12||Gustav Malja||SWE||Strakka Racing||1m42.313s|
|13||10||Meindert van Buuren||NED||Lotus||1m42.337s|
|14||25||Sean Gelael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m42.360s|
|15||20||Bruno Bonifacio||BRZ||International Draco Racing||1m42.414s|
|16||6||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Arden Motorsport||1m42.515s|
|17||17||Roy Nissany||ISR||Tech 1 Racing||1m42.675s|
|18||40||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Pons Racing||1m42.857s|
|19||18||Aurelien Panis||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1m43.027s|
|20||39||Philo Paz Patric Armand||INO||Pons Racing||1m43.125s|