Perfect Palou Grabs Super Second Pole at Nurburgring

by Paul Hensby

Alex Palou’s remarkable first weekend in World Series Formula V8 3.5 continued as the young Spaniard grabbed his second pole position at the Nurburgring on Saturday.

Having already taken top spot in qualifying for race one on Friday, the Teo Martin Motorsport driver did the double by setting a best time of 1:40.840s, which was 0.345 seconds clear of the field.

Joining Palou on the front row will be Diego Menchaca, with the Fortec Motorsports driver having one of his best displays of the season so far. The Mexican set a best time of 1:41.185s to deny Matevos Isaakyan of SMP Racing by AVF a front row start by 0.072 seconds.

Roy Nissany jumped up to fourth in the closing moments of the session for RP Motorsport, edging out Egor Orudzhev in the second of the SMP Racing by AVF entries, while Pietro Fittipaldi will be disappointed to end up sixth on the grid, with the result meaning for the first time in 2017, the Lotus driver will not start at least one of the races in the weekend from the front of the field.

Alfonso Celis Jr will start seventh in the second Fortec Motorsports entry ahead of RP Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru, while Rene Binder of Lotus and Konstantin Tereschenko of Teo Martin Motorsport will share row five, ahead of Damiano Fioravanti and Giuseppe Cipriani.

Nurburgring Race 2 Qualifying Result

110Alex PalouESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:40.840
28Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.185
36Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.257
411Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:41.262
55Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.415
64Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:41.602
77Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.793
812Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:41.831
93Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.895
109Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.973
1121Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:42.112
1215Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:44.006

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