Damiano Fioravanti secured his first EuroFormula Open pole position of 2016 as the Italian looks to turn around his relatively disappointing season to date at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday.
The RP Motorsport driver had hoped to be in the championship reckoning this season after a strong ending to the 2015 season, but currently sits fifth in the standings, morning than 100 points behind championship leader Leonardo Pulcini with six races of the season remaining.
Fioravanti took top spot at his home event with a lap of 1:44.755, which was enough to beat Campos Racing’s Pulcini by 0.081 seconds.
Sam MacLeod was an excellent third on his return to the series for Fortec Motorsports, finishing just 0.227 seconds off the pole position time, while he will be joined on the second row by Colton Herta, who claimed both victories at the Red Bull Ring last time out for Carlin.
Julio Moreno put his Campos Racing machine into fifth ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg of Drivex School, who will be hoping for a much better race performance as he aims to close the gap to Pulcini in the championship.
Diego Menchaca will start seventh in the third of the Campos entries, ahead of RP Motorsport’s Enaam Ahmed, while Keyvan Andres and Antoni Ptak complete the top ten.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 1 Qualifying Result
|1||3||Damiano Fioravanti||ITA||RP Motorsport||1:44.755|
|2||8||Leonardo Pulcini||ITA||Campos Racing||1:44.836|
|3||28||Sam MacLeod||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1:44.982|
|5||6||Julio Moreno||ECU||Campos Racing||1:45.190|
|6||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Drivex School||1:45.202|
|7||7||Diego Menchaca||MEX||Campos Racing||1:45.202|
|8||4||Enaam Ahmed||GBR||RP Motorsport||1:45.390|
|10||1||Antoni Ptak||POL||RP Motorsport||1:45.474|
|11||21||Ye Hongli||CHN||BVM Racing||1:45.546|
|12||5||Tanart Sathienthriakul||THA||RP Motorsport||1:45.546|
|13||91||Nikita Troitskiy||RUS||Drivex School||1:45.657|
|14||72||Nikita Zlobin||RUS||Teo Martin Motorsport||1:45.657|
|15||2||Kusiri Kantadhee||THA||RP Motorsport||1:45.714|
|17||18||Danielle Cazzaniga||ITA||DAV Racing||1:46.410|
|18||65||Ricardo Cazzaniga||ITA||DAV Racing||1:46.711|
|19||9||Gulhuseyn Abdullayeu||AZE||Campos Racing||1:46.941|
|20||20||Daniel Pronenko||RUS||BVM Racing||1:51.274|