Alex Peroni surprises to take maiden pole at Pau

Alex Peroni will start from pole position for race two at Pau - Credit: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Alex Peroni secured a maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship pole position as he set the fastest time in the second qualifying session around the streets of Pau on Sunday morning.

The Australian set the pace in the first of two groups, with his lap of 1:12.842 giving him and Fortec Motorsports their first pole position of the year as the second group were unable to better his time.

Joining Peroni on the front row will be Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Sacha Fenestraz, who topped the second group with a 1:12.901, while race one winner Robert Shwartzman and championship leader Will Palmer will form an all R-ace GP second row.

Max Fewtrell was the leading rookie during the session, with the Tech 1 Racing ace set to start fifth, with Max Defourny, a podium finisher for R-ace GP during Saturday’s opening race, sixth on the grid this time around.

Gabriel Aubry, who finished third on Saturday, will begin race two from seventh for Tech 1 Racing, and he will be joined on the fourth row by highly rated Red Bull Junior Richard Verschoor, who represents MP Motorsport, while Aleksandr Vartanyan and Daniel Ticktum will share row five despite the latter causing a red flag during his session and losing his best time as a result.

Pau Race 2 Qualifying Result

117Alex PeroniAUSFortec Motorsports1:12.842
211Sacha FenestrazFRAJosef Kaufmann Racing1:12.901
310Robert ShwartzmanRUSR-ace GP1:13.131
48Will PalmerGBRR-ace GP1:12.936
57Max FewtrellGBRTech 1 Racing1:13.459
69Max DefournyBELR-ace GP1:13.199
74Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing1:13.712
829Richard VerschoorNEDMP Motorsport1:13.237
923Aleksandr VartanyanRUSJD Motorsport1:13.805
1033Daniel TicktumGBRArden Motorsport1:13.421
1131Neil VerhagenUSAMP Motorsport1:13.862
121Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing1:13.453
1313Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles1:13.890
1430Jarno OpmeerNEDMP Motorsport1:13.525
1512Raul GuzmanMEXR-ace GP1:13.956
1615Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian Valles1:13.648
1793Zane GoddardAUSArden Motorsport1:14.071
185Thomas MaxwellAUSTech 1 Racing1:13.734
196Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 Racing1:14.091
2018Aleksey KorneevRUSFortec Motorsports1:13.737
2126Presley MartonoINOMark Burdett Motorsport1:14.180
2214Rodrigo PfluckerPERAVF by Adrian Valles1:13.973
2320Najiy Ayyad bin Abd RazakMALFortec Motorsports1:14.478
242Luis LeedsAUSJosef Kaufmann Racing1:14.162
2519Frank BirdGBRFortec Motorsports1:14.618
2621Sun Yue YangCHNJD Motorsport1:15.396
2734Ghislain CordeelBELArden Motorsport1:14.699
2822Jean Baptiste SimmenauerFRAJD Motorsport1:15.476
2925Julia PankiewiczPOLMark Burdett Motorsport1:15.579
3016Gregoire SaucySWIAVF by Adrian VallesNo Time