Pulcini secures opening Spa-Francorchamps pole

Leonardo Pulcini continued his strong start to the 2016 EuroFormula Open season by taking pole position for race one at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday.

The Italian started the year with a win and a runners-up spot at Estoril, and secured top spot in the opening qualifying session of the weekend with a lap time of 2m12.148s for Campos Racing, which was 0.238s faster than second placed Ferdinand Habsburg.

Habsburg set a best time of 2m12.386s in his Drivex School entry to secure his front row grid slot, while Diego Menchaca made it two Campos entries inside the top three, his time of 2m12.895s enough to see him end up ahead of a quartet of RP Motorsport entries.

Jack Aitken was the best placed of those RP drivers, with the Anglo-Korean driver and the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and ALPS champion the only other driver to get beneath the 2m13s barrier, setting a time of 2m12.907s.

Damiano Fioravanti and Tanart Sathienthirakul will share row three, ahead of team-mate Antoni Ptak, while Igor Walilko will start eighth for Fortec Motorsports. Carlin drivers Keyvan Andres and Colton Herta completed the top ten.

Twenty-three drivers are racing this weekend at the Belgian track, with Enaam Ahmed joining the field for DAV Racing, while Team West-Tec F3 are fielding Chinese driver JT Liang.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Qualifying Times

18Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing2m12.148s
262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School2m12.386s
37Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing2m12.895s
44Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport2m12.907s
53Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport2m13.650s
65Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport2m13.696s
71Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport2m13.854s
837Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports2m14.002s
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin2m14.059s
1098Colton HertaUSACarlin2m14.255s
116Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing2m14.428s
1265Enaam AhmedGBRDAV Racing2m14.469s
1372Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport2m14.924s
1418Daniele CazzanigaITADAV Racing2m14.938s
1527Kang LingCHNDAV Racing2m14.966s
162Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport2m15.161s
1720Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing2m15.361s
1851Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2m15.525s
1910Tatiana CalderonCOLTeo Martin Motorsport2m15.787s
2014Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin Motorsport2m16.521s
2111Petru FlorescuROMTeo Martin Motorsport2m19.025s
229Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing2m20.731s
2315JT LiangCHNTeam West-Tec F32m20.899s