Baptista storms to Race 1 pole at Silverstone

Vitor Baptista dominated qualifying for the first EuroFormula Open race at Silverstone, with the young Brazilian taking pole position by 0.537s.

After a relatively subdued set of practice sessions on Friday, the RP Motorsport driver posted a best time of 1m53.045s, a lap time that was never challenged.

Leonardo Pulcini will join Baptista on the front row, with the DAV Racing driver posting a lap of 1m53.582s, which was just 0.018s quicker than Friday pacesetter Yu Kanamaru of Emilio de Villota Motorsport.

Joining Kanamaru on the second row, and leading a trio of cars covered by just 0.014s will be BVM Racing’s Alessio Rovera, with the Italian driver finishing just 0.001s faster than RP Motorsport’s Igor Walilko, while Team West-Tec F3’s Tanart Sathienthirakul was only 0.013s further back in sixth.

Andres Saravia of RP Motorsport will start seventh, ahead of current Championship leader Konstantin Tereschenko in the leading Campos Racing entry, while the top ten is rounded out by Yarin Stern and Damiano Fioravanti of Team West-Tec F3 and RP Motorsport respectively.

Silverstone Race 1 Qualifying Result

13Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m53.045s
277Leonardo PulciniITADAV Racing1m53.582s
316Yu KanamaruJPNEmilio de Villota Motorsport1m53.600s
430Alessio RoveraITABVM Racing1m53.767s
537Igor WalilkoPOLRP Motorsport1m53.768s
615Tanart SathienthirakulTHATeam West-Tec F31m53.781s
71Andres SaraviaGTMRP Motorsport1m54.005s
86Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing1m54.011s
910Yarin SternISRTeam West-Tec F31m54.062s
105Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1m54.161s
117Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1m54.543s
124Antonio PtakPOLRP Motorsport1m55.034s
138Henrique BaptistaBRZCampos Racing1m55.481s
1424Alexey ChuklinRUSCorbetta Competizioni1m55.642s
159Ahmad Al GhanemKWTCampos Racing1m55.662s
1619William BarbosaCOLBVM Racing1m55.788s
1717Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport1m57.461s