Surprise pole for Isaakyan on Red Bull Ring Sunday

by Paul Hensby

Matevos Isaakyan secured a surprise maiden pole position for race two at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday morning, leading an all-rookie front row ahead of Louis Deletraz.

Isaakyan stormed to pole position with a best lap of 1:15.674 for his SMP Racing team, 0.090 seconds clear of Deletraz, and will be looking to convert that into his best result of the season having only two points all season long so far.

Deletraz on the other hand is involved in the championship battle, and will start just ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere, who denied him victory in race one on Saturday. Vaxiviere’s third place however meant SMP Racing has both drivers inside the top three on the grid.

Championship leader Tom Dillmann, who finished third on Saturday, had set a time that would have seen him start fourth on the grid for the AVF by Adrian Vallés team, but had that time deleted for exceeding track limits, meaning the Frenchman will instead start seventh.

Inheriting that fourth place on the grid therefore was Israeli driver Roy Nissany, who lost some ground in the championship battle by only taking sixth on Saturday for Lotus and will be looking to main gains on Sunday.

Aurélien Panis will start fifth for Arden Motorsport ahead of Alfonso Celis Jr of AVF and Dillmann, while Egor Orudzhev will want to put the disappointment of his race one retirement behind him, and will start eighth.

Pietro Fittipaldi will be ninth on the grid for Fortec Motorsports, while Rene Binder will again be disappointed to end only tenth in the second Lotus.

Red Bull Ring Race 2 Qualifying Result

126Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1:15.674
21Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:15.764
323Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:15.873
44Roy NissanyISRLotus1:16.071
58Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:16.099
615Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:16.213
716Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:16.237
87Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:16.408
92Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:16.494
103Rene BinderAUTLotus1:16.540
1125Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:16.559
1222Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:16.602
136Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:16.747
1421Marco BonanomiITARP Motorsport1:16.904
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:18.756

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