Rowland secures Hungaroring pole, Orudzhev impresses in P2

Formula Renault 3.5 Series Championship leader Oliver Rowland secured his second pole position of the season with a late quick lap at the Hungaroring deposing Egor Orudzhev.

Rowland, driving a Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec Motorsports entry, was the only driver to get below 1m29s during the Saturday morning qualifying session, setting a best time of 1m28.867s.

Arden Motorsport driver Orudzhev joins him on the front row of the grid, with the SMP Racing-backed Russian driver having his best qualifying performance so far this year, setting a time of 1m29.077s.

Matthieu Vaxiviere will line-up third for Lotus, alongside the second Fortec entry of Jazeman Jaafar, while the third row of the grid will see Tom Dillmann of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin alongside Roberto Merhi of Pons Racing.

Canadian star Nicholas Latifi will start seventh for Arden Motorsport alongside Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing, while Aurélien Panis of Tech 1 Racing and Tio Ellinas of Strakka Racing complete the top ten.

As promised, Meindert van Buuren was back in the second Lotus seat after missing the collective tests on Friday due to ‘contract issues’, but could only qualify fourteenth.

Gustav Malja will start twentieth and last on the grid for Strakka Racing after stopping on track at turn thirteen before being able to set a competitive lap time.

Hungaroring Race 1 Qualifying Result

14Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m28.867s
26Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m29.077s
39Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m29.160s
43Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m29.218s
526Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m29.242s
640Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing1m29.371s
75Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m29.399s
819Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m29.461s
918Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m29.542s
1011Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m29.778s
112Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m29.789s
1239Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m29.827s
1316Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m29.901s
1410Meindert van BuurenNEDLotus1m29.928s
1525Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m30.021s
1617Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m30.036s
1720Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m30.172s
181Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m30.176s
1915Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m30.313s
2012Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m46.010s