Formula Regional European Championship

Grégoire Saucy Takes First Pole Position of 2021 FRECA Season at Imola

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

Grégoire Saucy took the first pole position of the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season on Saturday morning, with the Swiss racer proving that his pre-season testing form was genuine as he secured top spot for Sunday’s second race at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Saucy, racing for ART Grand Prix, was quick throughout pre-season testing, and he took pole position at Imola with a time of 1:38.139.  The Swiss racer was lucky as seconds after he crossed the line, the red flags flew around the track as Monolite Racing’s Jasin Ferati found the gravel trap at Piratella.

When the session resumed there was very little time left for drivers to get around to start a flying lap.  However, one driver who did take advantage of the time left was Hadrien David, with the R-ace GP driver doing enough to join Saucy on the front row of the grid.

Losing out on the front row slot was Prema Powerteam’s Paul Aron, who was shuffled down to third, while the Estonian’s team-mate David Vidales will be rueing yellow flags as he was forced to abandon a lap that looked as though it was going to move him up the order. 

The Spaniard will start the first race of the season fourth on the grid but was on course to improve only for the third Prema driver, Dino Beganovic, to run wide at Rivazza to briefly bring out the yellow flags.

Zane Maloney took fifth on the grid for R-ace GP ahead of Arden’s Alex Quinn, with the Briton likely to be disappointed with a place on the third row after being inside the top three in both Friday practice sessions.

Despite his off earlier, Beganovic took seventh on the grid thanks to his final flying lap set after the red flag, while R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar, ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya completed the top ten.

Thirty cars will take to the grid for the opening round of the season, with G4 Racing’s Bélen Garcia bringing up the rear of the field.  Neither Thomas Ten Brinke nor Franco Colapinto are racing this weekend, with the former in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, and the latter racing in the European Le Mans Series at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Another Qualifying session will take place later today to set the grid for race one, which takes place after Formula 1‘s Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying 1 Result

126Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix1:38.1398
210Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+0.1899
31Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+0.2089
412David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam+0.3839
522Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+0.3959
621Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+0.5858
717Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+0.62910
86Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+0.6779
946Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+0.7879
1064Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+0.8699
118William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+0.9348
1227Kas HaverkortNEDMP Motorsport+0.97611
1396Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+0.99910
1485Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+1.09411
1558Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+1.2969
1691Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+1.3469
177Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+1.3518
1819Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+1.36511
1962Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+1.4119
2071Brad BenavidesUSADR Formula+1.4548
2141Emidio PesceITADR Formula+1.5668
2216Tommy SmithAUSJD Motorsport+1.6148
2335Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+1.6428
2451Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+1.7069
252Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+1.91410
265Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+1.9628
279Alexandre BardinonFRAFA Racing+2.29511
2814Nicola MarinangeliITAArden Motorsport+2.6069
2913Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite Racing+2.9497
3072Bélen GarciaESPG4 Racing+3.4028
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