Vaxiviere storms to second Silverstone pole position

Matthieu Vaxiviere - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Matthieu Vaxiviere secured his second pole of the weekend at Silverstone with a last gasp lap denying race one winner Roy Nissany top spot.

The Frenchman took his and SMP Racing’s third pole position of the season, and will be looking to do better than his runners-up spot from race one, where he struggled off the line and dropped to third by the first corner.

Vaxiviere’s time of 1:40.836 was enough to pip Nissany to pole by just 0.013 seconds, with the Israeli driver in the form of his life after claiming his maiden series victory on Saturday after two runners-up spots at the previous round at Paul Ricard.

Egor Orudzhev, who collided with Nissany during race one while the duo battled for the lead only to find himself forced to retire with damage, a move the stewards at Silverstone deemed to be of his own doing, will start third for Arden Motorsport ahead of the second Lotus of Rene Binder, who inherited the final podium position on Saturday as a result of the collision up front.

Aurélien Panis will start fifth in the second Arden despite having a couple of laps deleted due to track limit offences, while championship leader Tom Dillmann, who was hopeful of taking pole position was left downbeat, qualifying down in sixth for AVF.

Louis Deletraz, Dillmann’s closest rival in the championship albeit 33 points adrift, will start a disappointing seventh for Fortec Motorsports, alongside his Brazilian team-mate Pietro Fittipaldi, who claimed his maiden rookie class victory during Saturday’s opener.

The sole RP Motorsport machine of Vitor Baptista was ninth and was also a victim of a track limits offence, while Alfonso Celis Jr placed his AVF machine into tenth, ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport duo Yu Kanamaru and Beitske Visser and ahead of Gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani of the Durango Racing Team.

Silverstone Race 2 Qualifying Result

123Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:40.836
24Roy NissanyISRLotus1:40.849
37Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:41.059
43Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.202
58Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:41.236
616Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:41.259
71Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:41.299
82Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:41.531
922Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:41.712
1015Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:41.948
1125Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.137
126Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.664
1320Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:44.765