Drugovich Takes Dominant Pole Position for Estoril Opener

by Paul Hensby
Felipe Drugovich - RP Motorsport

Felipe Drugovich secured the first pole position of the 2018 EuroFormula Open season on Saturday morning, with the Brazilian ending more than four-tenths of a second clear of the field at the Circuito de Estoril.

The RP Motorsport driver, one of the pre-season favourites for the title in 2018, set a best time of 1:31.833s, 0.408 seconds clear of countryman Matheus Iorio from Carlin Motorsport, while Marcos Siebert of Campos Racing and Bent Viscaal of Teo Martin Motorsport ensured four different teams filled the first four slots on the grid.

Viscaal’s lap of 1:32.445s ensured the young Dutch driver was the best placed of the rookie drivers in the field, but it still meant he trailed Drugovich by more than six-tenths of a second.

Guilherme Samaia put his RP Motorsport machine into fifth ahead of Carlin’s American racer Cameron Das, while Jannes Fittje was Drivex School’s leading competitor in seventh, with the German ending 0.849 seconds down on Drugovich’s pole time.

Petru Florescu and Calan Williams were eighth and tenth for Fortec Motorsport, either side of Drivex School’s Lukas Dunner, the second best of the rookies.

Race one gets underway later this afternoon, with Drugovich aiming to start the season in the same way as he ended 2017, with a victory.

Circuito de Estoril Race 1 Qualifying Result

14Felipe DrugovichBRZRP Motorsport1:31.833
234Matheus IorioBRZCarlin1:32.241
318Marcus SiebertARGCampos Racing1:32.372
410Bent ViscaalNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:32.445
577Guilherme SamaiaBRZRP Motorsport1:32.491
628Cameron DasUSACarlin1:32.500
77Jannes FittjeGERDrivex School1:32.682
819Petru FlorescuROMFortec Motorsport1:32.731
98Lukas DunnerAUTDrivex School1:32.770
1021Calan WilliamsAUSFortec Motorsport1:32.887
111Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport1:32.922
1251Aldo FestanteITARP Motorsport1:33.078
1312Christian HahnBRZDrivex School1:33.234
1415Yves BaltasUSACampos Racing1:33.433
153Michael BenyahiaMORRP Motorsport1:33.850
1632Moritz Muller-CrepponSWITeo Martin Motorsport1:34.028

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