Habsburg denies Pulcini to take second Paul Ricard Pole

Ferdinand Habsburg - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Ferdinand Habsburg secured his second pole position of the Paul Ricard weekend in a close qualifying session on Sunday morning.

The Drivex School team racer converted his maiden pole to a maiden victory during Saturday’s opener, and his lap of 2:00.046 on Sunday was enough to continue his strong EuroFormula Open weekend at the French circuit.

Habsburg’s time was just 0.016 seconds faster than current championship leader Leonardo Pulcini, with the Campos Racing driver looking to better his runners-up spot from race one during Sunday’s second race.

Colton Herta will be looking for better luck in race two after finding himself turned around during race one by Igor Walilko, but the young American Carlin driver rebounded well to secure a strong third place on the grid, just ahead of the leading RP Motorsport machine of Italian Damiano Fioravanti.

Diego Menchaca, who inherited the final podium position on Saturday when Fioravanti spun while attacking Habsburg for the lead, will start fifth for Campos Racing, alongside Enaam Ahmed of RP Motorsport.

Walilko will start seventh for Fortec Motorsports alongside Carlin’s Keyvan Andres, while RP Motorsport drivers Antoni Ptak and Tanart Sathienthirakul complete the top ten, with the Pole and Thai contenders just ahead of Kusiri Kantadhee and Julio Moreno.

Paul Ricard Race 2 Qualifying Result

162Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School2:00.046
28Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing2:00.062
398Colton HertaUSACarlin2:00.180
43Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport2:00.192
57Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing2:00.367
64Enaam AhmedGBRRP Motorsport2:00.470
737Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports2:00.712
847Keyvan AndresGERCarlin2:00.845
91Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport2:01.047
105Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport2:01.061
112Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport2:01.167
126Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing2:01.178
1372Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport2:01.321
1427Kang LingCHNDAV Racing2:01.492
1520Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing2:02.053
1618Riccardo CazzanigaITADAV Racing2:02.059
179Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing2:02.370
1812Vladimir AtoevRUSTeo Martin Motorsport2:02.481
1951Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:02.555
2014Jose-Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin Motorsport2:02.791
2115JT LiangCHNTeam West-Tec F32:04.131