Fittipaldi leads Lotus 1-2 in final Motorland Qualifying

by Paul Hensby

Pietro Fittipaldi secured his second pole position of the weekend at Motorland Aragon on Sunday morning, but the young Brazilian will be aiming to do much better than he did in Saturday’s first race, which lasted a total of four corners.

The Lotus driver set the initial pace of 1:41.695s before returning to the track for his second run, improving to a 1:40.765s to grab his eighth pole of 2017 out of ten races.

Joining Fittipaldi on the front row of the grid will be his team-mate Rene Binder, who ended up 0.149 seconds down on the pole time, with the rest of the field more than half a second behind.

A strong run from Teo Martin Motorsport’s Konstantin Tereschenko will see the young Russian line-up third on the grid, and he will be joined on the second row by Alfonso Celis Jr, with the Fortec Motorsports ace looking to secure a second podium of the weekend after his third place finish on Saturday.

Yu Kanamaru was the leading RP Motorsport driver in fifth ahead of race one winner Egor Orudzhev, with the Russian SMP Racing by AVF driver 0.673 seconds down on Fittipaldi.

Fortec Motorsports’ Diego Menchaca secured seventh with his final qualifying attempt, with Matevos Isaakyan, runner-up on Saturday, eighth for SMP Racing by AVF.

Nelson Mason took to the track for the first time this weekend and completed the most laps of anyone as he attempted to learn the track, but the Canadian will start ninth for Teo Martin Motorsport.

Roy Nissany will start down in tenth for RP Motorsport after having his best lap time deleted due to track limits at turn nine, while his team-mate Damiano Fioravanti and Il Barone Rampante’s Giuseppe Cipriani rounded out the field.

Motorland Aragon Race 2 Qualifying Result

14Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:40.765
23Rene BinderAUTLotus1:40.914
39Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.275
47Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.301
512Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:41.362
65Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.438
78Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.538
86Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.569
910Nelson MasonCANTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.658
1011Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:42.009
1121Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:42.242
1215Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:43.267

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