Last gasp pole gives championship advantage to Deletraz

Louis Deletraz - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Louis Deletraz gave himself the best possible starting position for the season finale at the Circuit de Catalunya as the Formula V8 3.5 championship leader took pole position in another qualifying session held in wet conditions.

The Fortec Motorsports driver was the penultimate driver to pass the chequered flag, and he made the most of his last run to set a time of 1:31.953, which was enough for Deletraz to deny Matevos Isaakyan pole position by 0.094 seconds.

Coupled with Deletraz’s pole position, his last remaining championship rival, Tom Dillmann, could only manage seventh on the grid, with the Frenchman needing to outscore the Swiss driver by more than six points for the AVF by Adrian Vallés driver to take the title himself.

Jack Aitken continued his good qualifying form in the category as he will start third on the grid for RP Motorsport, but the Briton will be wary of what happened to him on Saturday when he stalled on the grid and was forced to start from the pit lane.

Joining Aitken on the second row will be Lotus driver Roy Nissany, while Pietro Fittipaldi of Fortec Motorsports and Rene Binder of Lotus will share row three.

Joining Dillmann on row four is his fellow Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere of SMP Racing, while 2016 Teams’ Champions Arden Motorsport lock out row five, with Aurélien Panis ahead of race one winner Egor Orudzhev.

There were two major disruptions to the session when first Thomas Randle of Comtec Racing and then Yu Kanamaru of Teo Martin Motorsport spun into the gravel traps at turns three and five respectively, with neither being able to set a time as a result.

Circuit de Catalunya Race 2 Qualifying Result

11Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:31.953
224Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1:32.047
321Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport1:32.064
44Roy NissanyISRLotus1:32.135
52Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:32.152
63Rene BinderAUTLotus1:32.250
716Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:32.398
823Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:32.561
98Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:32.674
107Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:32.699
116Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:32.979
1215Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:33.318
1322Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:33.558
1420Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:37.757
1517Thomas RandleAUSComtec RacingNo Time
1625Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin MotorsportNo Time