Baptista takes Saturday Red Bull Ring pole

by Paul Hensby

Vitor Baptista took his third pole position of the EuroFormula Open season at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday.

The Brazilian RP Motorsport driver, who sits second in the championship after the opening four events of the season, set a best time of 1m27.136s to beat Team West-Tec F3’s Yarin Stern by 0.260s to take the first pole of the weekend.

Diego Menchaca was an excellent third for Campos Racing ahead of the second Team West-Tec F3 machine of Tanart Sathienthirakul, while Emilio de Villota Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru will start the opening race of the weekend from fifth.

Current championship leader Konstantin Tereschenko of Campos Racing will start from sixth ahead of Friday practice pacesetter Leonardo Pulcini of DAV Racing, while the RP Motorsport entries of Igor Walilko, Andres Saravia and Damiano Fioravanti completed the top ten.

Baptista will lead the sixteen-car field to the start at approximately 15:10 local time, before everyone resets for the second qualifying and race of the weekend on Sunday.

Red Bull Ring Race 1 Qualifying Result

13Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m27.136s
210Yarin SternISRTeam West-Tec F31m27.396s
37Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1m27.410s
415Tanart SathienthirakulTHATeam West-Tec F31m27.442s
516Yu KanamaruJPNEmilio de Villota Motorsport1m27.506s
66Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing1m27.585s
777Leonardo PulciniITADAV Racing1m27.645s
837Igor WalilkoPOLRP Motorsport1m27.877s
91Andres SaraviaGTMRP Motorsport1m27.900s
105Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1m28.195s
114Antonio PtakPOLRP Motorsport1m28.285s
1224Alexey ChuklinRUSCorbetta Competizioni1m28.436s
1317Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport1m28.518s
149Ahmad Al GhanemKWTCampos Racing1m28.588s
158Henrique BaptistaBRZCampos Racing1m28.861s
1670Parth GhorpadeINDDAV Racing1m29.274s

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