Troitskiy grabs maiden pole at damp Monza

Nikita Troitskiy - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Nikita Troitskiy secured pole position in just his fourth race in EuroFormula Open as the young Russian made the best of the damp conditions at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday morning.

The Drivex School driver, who only made his series debut last time out at the Red Bull Ring, set a best time of 1:58.623 to take top spot, 0.066 seconds ahead of American racer Colton Herta of Carlin.

Race one winner and current championship leader Leonardo Pulcini will start third on the grid alongside his Campos Racing team-mate Diego Menchaca, while Ferdinand Habsburg will start fifth in the second Drivex School machine, albeit qualifying 0.747 seconds behind team-mate Troitskiy.

Enaam Ahmed was the leading RP Motorsport qualifier in sixth ahead of team-mates Kantadhee Kusiri and Antoni Ptak, while Julio Moreno, a first lap retirement in Saturday’s opener will start ninth for Campos Racing alongside the driver he collided with in race one, Keyvan Andres of Carlin.

Race one polesitter Damiano Fioravanti was unable to match his pace around the damp Italian circuit on Sunday morning, and the RP Motorsport driver will start down in twelfth.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 2 Qualifying Result

191Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School1:58.623
298Colton HertaUSACarlin1:58.689
38Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1:59.075
47Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1:59.338
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1:59.370
64Enaam AhmedGBRRP Motorsport1:59.580
72Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1:59.962
81Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport2:00.100
96Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing2:00.369
1047Keyvan AndresGERCarlin2:00.428
1121Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing2:00.501
123Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport2:00.506
1351Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:00.602
145Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport2:00.920
1528Sam MacLeodGBRFortec Motorsports2:00.966
1665Ricardo CazzanigaITADAV Racing2:01.809
1720Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing2:02.066
189Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing2:02.115
1972Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport2:02.137
2018Danielle CazzanigaITADAV Racing2:02.347