Another pole for Rowland at the Nurburgring

Oliver Rowland continued his domination of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series weekend at the Nurburgring by taking his second pole position of the weekend on Sunday, and will be looking for his first double-win weekend later today.

The British driver set a late quick lap of 1m40.637s to lead the way, with the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec Motorsports driver 0.269s clear of second placed Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing.

Fantin, a podium finisher last weekend at Silverstone, was 0.070s faster than Tech 1 Racing’s Roy Nissany, who will be looking to make amends for his early retirement in race one on Saturday during this afternoon’s second race.

Tom Dillmann had been quickest with just a few minutes of the session remaining but was forced to settle for fourth in his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine, while Strakka Racing lockout the third row, with Tio Ellinas ahead of Gustav Malja, the two separated by just 0.033s.

Dean Stoneman was seventh quickest for DAMS, with championship contender Matthieu Vaxiviere a disappointing eighth for Lotus; the Frenchman lost further ground in the championship battle on Saturday and will be hard pressed not to fall even further behind during race two.

Saturday’s runner-up Nyck de Vries could not match his performance during qualifying from yesterday, qualifying down in ninth, while Tech 1 Racing’s Aurélien Panis completed the top ten.

Nurburgring Race 2 Qualifying Result

14Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m40.637s
219Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m40.906s
317Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m40.976s
426Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m40.994s
511Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m41.031s
612Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m41.064s
72Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m41.088s
89Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m41.160s
91Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m41.224s
1018Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m41.488s
113Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m41.673s
126Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m41.722s
135Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m41.771s
1420Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m41.873s
1516Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m42.047s
1615Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m42.059s
1740Rene BinderAUTPons Racing1m42.223s
1825Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.317s
1910Marlon StockingerPHILotus1m42.386s
2039Yu KanamaruJAPPons Racing1m42.415s