Nissany secures maiden Formula V8 3.5 pole in France

Roy Nissany - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Roy Nissany continued his strong Paul Ricard weekend as he secured his maiden Formula V8 3.5 pole position in the final moments of Sunday’s second qualifying session.

The Israeli driver finished yesterday’s opening race of the weekend around the French circuit on the podium in second position after a great battle with eventual race winner Egor Orudzhev, and his lap with just ten seconds remaining on the clock denied the Russian driver pole position with a lap of 1:47.933.

Orudzhev was 0.333 seconds back on Nissany and will start second for Arden Motorsport, while Louis Deletraz of Fortec Motorsports was third, a further 0.266 seconds behind. The Swiss racer, part of both the BMW Young Drivers programme and the Renault Sport Academy, is looking for a strong result to try and close the 39-point gap to championship leader Tom Dillmann.

Matevos Isaakyan will start a seasons best fourth for SMP Racing ahead of Yu Kanamaru of Teo Martin Motorsport, while Aurélien Panis will be sixth for Arden Motorsport ahead of Rene Binder in the second Lotus.

Alfonso Celis Jr was the leading AVF racer in eighth ahead of team-mate Dillmann, who continued to struggle this weekend on his first time around the full-length Paul Ricard circuit, while race one pole sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere could only manage tenth for SMP Racing.

Paul Ricard Race 2 Qualifying Result

14Roy NissanyISRLotus1:47.933
27Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:48.266
31Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:48.532
426Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1:48.574
525Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:48.726
68Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:48.762
73Rene BinderAUTLotus1:48.896
815Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:48.921
916Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:48.981
1023Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:49.090
1122Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:49.330
122Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:49.359
1321Artur JanoszPOLRP Motorsport1:49.422
146Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:49.881
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:53.144