Formula Renault 3.5

Ellinas takes Le Mans race two pole as Rowland struggles

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Tio Ellinas secured pole position for race two around the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere, but Oliver Rowland could only qualify fourteenth on the day he could secure the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title.

Rowland only needs one point over the next three races to clinch the championship, but the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton can also take the crown should Vaxiviere fail to take victory this afternoon.

Ellinas got the better of Vaxiviere during qualifying on Sunday however, with the Strakka Racing driver setting a time of 1m20.648s, beating the Lotus driver by 0.349s.

Tom Dillmann followed up his podium finish during Saturday’s race to claim third place on the grid for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, and will be joined on row two by the impressive Aurélien Panis of Tech 1 Racing, meaning all three French drivers on the grid start inside the top four.

Race one’s runner up Egor Orudzhev will start fifth for Arden Motorsport, missing out on fourth by just 0.009s, while Dean Stoneman just got the better of DAMS team-mate Nyck de Vries for sixth.

Jazeman Jaafar was eighth quickest for Fortec Motorsports, with Arden Motorsport’s Nicholas Latifi and AVF’s Alfonso Celis Jr completing the top ten.

Rowland could only qualify fourteenth for race two in the second Fortec Motorsports entry, ending over 1.2s back of the pole time of Ellinas despite having dominated proceedings on Saturday.

The session was affected by an early red flag when Andre Negrao dropped some fluid onto the circuit from his International Draco Racing machine.

Le Mans Race 2 Qualifying Result

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