Herta beats Fioravanti in opening Jerez qualifying

Colton Herta - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Colton Herta took his fourth EuroFormula Open pole position of the season as he usurped the Championship contenders on Saturday morning at the Circuito de Jerez.

The Carlin driver had set the pace in the initial stages of the session with a time of 1:35.593, and improved again in his final run, ultimately taking pole position with a time of 1:35.240.

Herta will be joined on the front row by Italian racer Damiano Fioravanti of RP Motorsport, who was able to get within 0.095 seconds of the pole time, while championship contenders Leonardo Pulcini and Ferdinand Habsburg fill out row two.

Pulcini, who could clinch the title on Saturday should the Campos Racing driver win and Habsburg fails to score, but the duo were just 0.192 seconds apart in qualifying in favour of the championship leader.

Harrison Scott will start fifth in his first EuroFormula Open race after a strong qualifying session from the Briton, with the Teo Martin Motorsport driver being joined on the third row by Diego Menchaca.

Tatiana Calderon was seventh for RP Motorsport ahead of Carlin duo Ameya Vaidyanathan and Keyvan Andres, while BVM Racing’s Ye Hongli completed the top ten.

Circuito de Jerez Race 1 Qualifying Result

198Colton HertaUSACarlin1:35.240
23Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:35.335
38Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1:35.478
462Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1:35.670
545Harrison ScottGBRTeo Martin Motorsport1:35.689
67Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1:35.771
74Tatiana CalderonCOLRP Motorsport1:35.865
851Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:36.093
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin1:36.139
1021Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing1:36.236
1172Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:36.243
125Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport1:36.325
131Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport1:36.383
1491Vasily RomanovRUSDrivex School1:36.487
152Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1:36.827
166Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing1:36.848
1720Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:37.041
189Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing1:37.858