Fittje masters conditions to take Winter Series pole

Jannes Fittje took pole position for race one at Paul Ricard - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

A wet track and even hail greeted the eighteen EuroFormula Open Winter Series competitors on Saturday, and it was German Jannes Fittje who made the most of the conditions to grab pole position.

The Fortec Motorsports driver managed a lap of 2:16.319 to set the pace, with Fittje 0.462 seconds clear of SMP Racing-backed Russian Nikita Troitskiy of Drivex School, who will join him on the front row of the grid.

Thiago Vivacqua was third quickest in the leading of the Campos Racing entries, while Russian Yan Shlom will start fourth for Fortec Motorsports, although his time was just over one-second shy of that set by team-mate Fittje.

Harrison Scott, who was fastest during Friday’s practice sessions and in Saturday mornings final session, could only manage fifth on the grid for RP Motorsport, 1.033 seconds down on the polesitter, but 0.724 seconds clear of sixth placed Simo Laaksonen of Campos Racing.

Carlin Motorsport duo Devlin De Francesco and Ameya Vaidyanathan were seventh and eighth fastest respectively, while Ukrainian racer Alexey Chuklin was ninth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of the leading Teo Martin Motorsport entrant Pedro Cardoso.

Both scheduled races take place on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Ricard Qualifying 1 Results

118Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport2:16.319
216Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School2:16.781
33Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing2:17.299
419Yan ShlomRUSFortec Motorsport2:17.320
510Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport2:17.352
62Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing2:18.076
717Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin2:18.179
824Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:18.341
920Alexey ChulkinUKRFortec Motorsport2:18.522
1043Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport2:18.602
1142Eliseo MartinezESPTeo Martin Motorsport2:18.831
1212Christian HahnBRZDrivex School2:18.968
134Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing2:19.377
1444Javier CobianESPTeo Martin Motorsport2:19.588
1522Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing2:19.965
161Petru FlorescuROMCampos Racing2:20.446
178Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport2:20.874
189Kane ShepherdTHARP Motorsport2:21.688