European Formula 3

Rapid Ralf Aron grabs Maiden Pole at the Norisring

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Ralf Aron will start race two at the Norisring from pole position - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Ralf Aron secured his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship pole position in an exciting, ever-changing qualifying session for race two at the Norisring on Saturday, while Maximilian Günther will start the final race of the weekend from the front.

Aron will lead an all-Hitech Grand Prix front row ahead of team-mate Jake Hughes, with the Estonian setting the fastest lap ever seen in a Formula 3 car around the 2.3-kilometer circuit, a 47.859s, with Hughes 0.082 seconds back.

Behind them on the second row will be race one winner Günther ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris, who just denied his team-mate Jehan Daruvala by 0.002 seconds, while Pedro Piquet, fresh off his maiden European Formula 3 podium on Saturday, will start sixth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Callum Ilott was seventh fastest for Prema Powerteam but will drop five places on the grid after being deemed responsible for a collision in race one with Keyvan Andres Soori, with the Briton having spun the German around whilst trying to un-lap himself.

Harrison Newey will therefore start seventh for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Nikita Mazepin, with Guan Yu Zhou and Joel Eriksson completing the top ten once Ilott and Ferdinand Habsburg (for colliding with David Beckmann in race one) take grid penalties.

The grid for race three is based on the driver’s second best time of the session, with this leaving Günther with the advantage ahead of Daruvala, Aron and Hughes.

Habsburg’s second best lap means the Austrian will start fifth, just ahead of team-mate Norris, while Zhou, Mazepin, Ilott and Eriksson round out the top ten.

Norisring Race 2 Qualifying Result

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Norisring Race 3 Qualifying Result

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