Vaxiviere beats Visser to race 1 pole

Matthieu Vaxiviere took his second pole position of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season for race one at Spa-Francorchamps in a session affected by two red flag periods.

The Frenchman, driving for the Charouz-run Lotus team, set a best time of 1m58.768s late in the session to consolidate his top spot having also been fastest during the first runs.

Beitske Visser had by far her best qualifying session so far in her career, with the Dutch female racer setting the second fastest time for the Adrian Vallés-led AVF team, just 0.125s from the pole time of Vaxiviere.

Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi was third for Arden Motorsport ahead of Fortec Motorsports duo Jazeman Jaafar and Oliver Rowland, who were both affected by a late yellow flag during their final runs that could have seen them get to the front of the field.

Nyck de Vries and Dean Stoneman will start sixth and eighth for DAMS, with the Strakka Racing machine of Tio Ellinas in between the two team-mates. Roberto Merhi, back on the grid this weekend after missing the previous round at Monaco due to his Formula 1 commitments with the Manor F1 Team, was ninth for Pons Racing, while Meindert van Buuren completed the top ten for Lotus.

The first of the two red flag periods were caused by Arden Motorsport driver Egor Orudzhev crashing, before Tom Dillmann of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin also stopped on track after the session resumed, resulting in a second stoppage. Dillmann’s team-mate Sean Gelael caused the yellow flag in the final moments of the session that cost some drivers that vital final lap.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Qualifying Result

19Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m58.768s
216Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m58.893s
35Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m58.987s
43Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m59.001s
54Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m59.111s
61Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m59.312s
711Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m59.325s
82Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m59.481s
940Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing1m59.560s
1010Meindert van BuurenNEDLotus1m59.632s
1112Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m59.648s
1218Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m59.690s
1319Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m59.960s
1415Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF2m00.000s
1520Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing2m00.330s
1626Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin2m00.368s
176Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport2m00.558s
1839Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing2m00.662s
1925Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin2m01.010s
2017Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing2m01.558s