Herta beats Habsburg to opening Catalunya pole

Colton Herta - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Colton Herta continued his strong form at the end of the EuroFormula Open season as he took pole position for race one at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.

The Carlin driver, who has three wins to his name in his rookie Formula 3 campaign, took top spot at the Spanish circuit with a best lap of 1:39.427, which was 0.105 seconds faster than Ferdinand Habsburg in second.

Habsburg, who clinched the rookies championship last weekend at the Circuito de Jerez in his Drivex School machine, was 0.229 seconds faster than series champion Leonardo Pulcini, with the top three in the championship locking out the top three on the grid, albeit in reverse order!

Pulcini will be joined on the second row by Campos Racing team-mate Diego Menchaca, while Teo Martin Motorsport lock out row three, debutant Dorian Boccolacci ahead of regular driver Nikita Zlobin, who enjoyed one of his best performances of the season.

Keyvan Andres and Ameya Vaidyanathan will start seventh and tenth respectively for Carlin, either side of Damiano Fioravanti and Tatiana Calderon, both of RP Motorsport.

Circuit de Catalunya Race 1 Qualifying Result

198Colton HertaUSACarlin1:39.427
262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1:39.532
38Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1:39.761
47Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1:39.902
545Dorian BoccolacciFRATeo Martin Motorsport1:39.991
672Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:40.137
747Keyvan AndresGERCarlin1:40.336
83Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:40.338
94Tatiana CalderonCOLRP Motorsport1:40.498
1051Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:40.500
111Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport1:40.609
126Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing1:40.710
1391Vasily RomanovRUSDrivex School1:40.761
1471Xavier LloverasESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:40.775
152Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1:41.179
165Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport1:41.331
179Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing1:41.796
1820Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:42.610