Ben Barnicoat grabbed his second pole position of the season for the final race of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series season as the wet weather that affected Saturday’s running returned to Jerez on Sunday.
The biggest casualty was new championship leader Jack Aitken, who spun his Koiranen GP machine into the gravel before being able to set a representative lap time, and will start back in twenty-third position as a result.
The second group ran in slightly better conditions to allow Fortec Motorsports driver Barnicoat to take top spot, with his lap of 1m54.432s beating the time set by the opening session by Frenchman Anthoine Hubert of Tech 1 Racing.
Louis Deletraz, who sits twenty-one points behind Aitken, will start third for Josef Kaufmann Racing, and needs to win the race and hope that Aitken does not climb above ninth to be in with a chance of the title.
Deletraz’s team-mate Kevin Jörg, the third driver in contention, will start twelfth, with the Swiss racer thirteen points behind Aitken.
Fourth on the grid for the final race of 2015 will be Ignazio D’Agosto, who is aiming for his third podium finish of the weekend for Manor MP Motorsport, with Simon Gachet of Tech 1 Racing and James Allen of ARTA Engineering on row three.
Max Defourny will start seventh despite causing a late red flag when he stopped his ART Junior Team machine on track in the second session, with Jake Hughes alongside the Belgian wildcard driver on row four.
Ukyo Sasahara of the ART Junior Team and Dennis Olsen of Manor MP Motorsport round out the top ten.
Jerez Race 3 Qualifying Result
|1||6||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1m54.432s|
|2||22||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1m55.601s|
|3||14||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1m55.405s|
|4||19||Ignazio D'Agosto||ITA||Manor MP Motorsport||1m56.332s|
|5||21||Simon Gachet||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1m55.554s|
|6||26||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||1m56.449s|
|7||49||Max Defourny||BEL||ART Junior Team||1m55.739s|
|8||2||Jake Hughes||GBR||Koiranen GP||1m56.668s|
|9||9||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ART Junior Team||1m56.322s|
|10||17||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Manor MP Motorsport||1m56.732s|
|11||35||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||1m56.585s|
|12||15||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1m56.738s|
|13||20||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||1m57.157s|
|14||54||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Fortec Motorsports||1m56.788s|
|16||25||Amaury Richard||FRA||ARTA Engineering||1m57.096s|
|17||51||Vasily Romanov||RUS||Cram Motorsport||1m59.099s|
|18||18||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Manor MP Motorsport||1m57.883s|
|20||5||Martin Kodric||CRO||Fortec Motorsports||1m57.891s|
|21||59||Julien Falchero||FRA||GSK Grand Prix||1m59.824s|
|22||36||Thiago Vivacqua||BRZ||JD Motorsport||1m57.985s|
|23||3||Jack Aitken||GBR||Koiranen GP||2m11.931s|
|25||8||Valentin Hasse-Clot||FRA||Fortec Motorsports||No Time|
|26||37||Alexey Korneev||RUS||JD Motorsport||2m01.316s|
|27||10||Darius Oskoui||SWI||ART Junior Team||No Time|