Habsburg snatches final Jerez pole from Pulcini

Ferdinand Habsburg - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Ferdinand Habsburg secured an important pole position at the Circuito de Jerez as he bids to extend his EuroFormula Open challenge beyond this weekend.

The Drivex School driver has a mammoth task if he wants this battle to continue, and needs to reduce the gap to Leonardo Pulcini to under 54 points after today’s race to do so.

Habsburg secured top spot with a time of 1:35.003, and his pole position moves the Austrian a point closer but the problem for Habsburg is that Campos Racing’s Pulcini joins him on the front row of the grid, and should those positions remain, the Italian would be champion with two races of the season remaining.

Saturday’s race winner Colton Herta will start third on the grid for Carlin, ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport’s wildcard racer Harrison Scott, while another wildcard entry, Vasily Romanov, was fifth for Drivex School. Neither Scott or Romanov are eligible for points this weekend in Spain.

Diego Menchaca took his Campos Racing machine to sixth on the grid ahead of Carlin’s Ameya Vaidyanathan, while Damiano Fioravanti and Tatiana Calderon were 0.007 seconds apart for RP Motorsport in eighth and ninth.

Nikita Zlobin completes the top ten for Teo Martin Motorsport, despite having an earlier lap time deleted due to track limit offences, while Julio Moreno, who ran second after the first runs, dropped to eleventh at the chequered flag.

Circuito de Jerez Race 2 Qualifying Result

162Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1:35.003
28Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1:35.051
398Colton HertaUSACarlin1:35.108
445Harrison ScottGBRTeo Martin Motorsport1:35.125
591Vasily RomanovRUSDrivex School1:35.381
67Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1:35.573
751Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:35.597
83Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:35.712
94Tatiana CalderonCOLRP Motorsport1:35.719
1072Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:35.788
116Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing1:35.972
1221Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing1:36.122
1347Keyvan AndresGERCarlin1:36.168
141Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport1:36.337
155Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport1:36.474
162Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1:36.547
1720Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:37.048
189Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing1:37.709