Martins Takes Maiden Pole as Eurocup Season Resumes in Austria

by Paul Hensby
Victor Martins - R-ace GP - Red Bull Ring

Victor Martins took his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series pole position on Friday afternoon, with the Renault Sport Academy star setting the pace in Group B of the Qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring that decided the grid for race two.

As is the normal in the Eurocup series, the large field was divided into two groups, and it was Lorenzo Colombo who was pacesetter in the first group, the JD Motorsport setting a time of 1:29.335s, which was 0.032 seconds clear of R-ace GP’s Max Fewtrell.

The second group was marginally quicker, with Martins setting a time of 1:29.288s to take the pole for R-ace GP, with his time ensuring his group took the odd numbered grid slots, while Group A take the evens.

This means Martins and Colombo will share the front row for race one, with MP Motorsport’s Christian Lundgaard third on the grid ahead of Fewtrell, meaning three Renault-backed drivers fill the first four places.

Richard Verschoor will lead an all Josef Kaufmann Racing third row ahead of current championship leader Yifei Ye, while MP Motorsport’s Alex Peroni and R-ace GP’s Charles Milesi, both race winners last time out in Monaco, will start seventh and eighth ahead of Tech 1 Racing’s Alexander Smolyar and Arden Motorsport’s Oscar Piastri.

There are two notable changes to the driver line-up this weekend, with Max Defourny bringing his campaign to a close in favour of a drive in the BRDC British F3 championship at Spa-Francorchamps, with his place being taken by former Renault-backed Dutchman Jarno Opmeer, while Aleksandr Vartanyan is absent from the Arden Motorsport line-up, his position being taken by his fellow Russian Nikita Volegov.

Earlier in the day, Ye had topped the first free practice session at the Austrian track with a time of 1:29.921s ahead of Lundgaard and Fewtrell, while Martins showed what was to come by topping the seconds session with a time of 1:29.359s ahead of Ye and Colombo.

Red Bull Ring Race 2 Qualifying Result

14Victor MartinsFRAR-ace GP1:29.288
261Lorenzo ColomboITAJD Motorsport1:29.335
331Christian LundgaardDENMP Motorsport1:29.393
41Max FewtrellGBRR-ace GP1:29.367
512Richard VerschoorNEDJosef Kaufmann Racing1:29.589
616Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing1:29.525
732Alex PeroniAUSMP Motorsport1:29.591
83Charles MilesiFRAR-ace GP1:29.570
922Alexander SmolyarRUSTech 1 Racing1:29.606
1041Oscar PiastriAUSArden Motorsport1:29.927
112Logan SargeantUSAR-ace GP1:29.683
1221Neil VerhagenUSATech 1 Racing1:30.138
1362Thomas MaxwellAUSJD Motorsport1:29.760
1424Frank BirdGBRTech 1 Racing1:30.151
1551Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian Valles1:30.143
1653Eliseo MartinezESPAVF by Adrian Valles1:30.221
1711Clement NovalakGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing1:30.264
1843Sami TaoufikMORArden Motorsport1:30.325
1985Raul GuzmanMEXFortec Motorsports1:30.408
2087Arthur RougierFRAFortec Motorsports1:30.405
2142Nikita VolegovRUSArden Motorsport1:30.410
2284Vladimir TziortzisRUSFortec Motorsports1:30.434
2352Xavier LloverasESPAVF by Adrian Valles1:30.437
2463Najiy RazakMYSJD Motorsport1:30.474
2554Christian MunozCOLAVF by Adrian Valles1:30.443
2623Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 Racing1:30.497
2733Jarno OpmeerNEDMP Motorsport1:30.644

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