Formula Regional European Championship

Vidales Leads Prema Powerteam One-Two in Second FRECA Qualifying at Imola

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

David Vidales will start the opening race of the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season from pole position after coming out on top of a busy but close second Qualifying session at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Saturday.

The Spaniard, driving for Prema Powerteam, took top spot in the session with a lap of 1:37.860, with the top four in the session covered by less than a tenth of a second. 

The weather looked for a while to be closing in, with spots of rain falling at parts of the Imola track, but the precipitation held off long enough for everyone to get through without too much drama.  Save for a few trips through the gravel trap and run off areas, it was a relatively clean session, with only traffic to worry about for the thirty drivers.

Paul Aron made it a Prema Powerteam one-two on the front row, with the Estonian missing out on pole position by just 0.044 seconds.  Arden’s Alex Quinn will start third after his final lap saw him move up from sixth, with the Briton being joined on the second row by R-ace GP’s Hadrien David.  Such was the closeness of the session, David was only 0.098 seconds away from the pole time!

Grégoire Saucy, who had claimed pole position for Sunday’s second race by topping the first session earlier in the day, couldn’t replicate his performance in the second session, but the ART Grand Prix driver still finds himself in a competitive fifth for race one.

He will be joined on row three by the third Prema Powerteam driver, Dino Beganovic, while row four is filled by R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar and ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini.  The top ten is rounded out by Arden’s William Alatalo and R-ace GP’s Zane Maloney.

Less than a second separated pole position to seventeenth placed Oliver Gøthe of MP Motorsport, while just over two and a half seconds separate first to last.  Bélen Garcia will unfortunately fill that position at the back of the grid, although the G4 Racing driver was not that far away from the pace.  She also survived a wild trip across the gravel trap at Tamburello mid-way through the session.

Qualifying 2 Result

112David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam1:37.86010
21Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+0.04410
321Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+0.05211
410Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+0.0989
526Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix+0.30310
617Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+0.4369
76Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+0.4599
846Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+0.50310
98William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+0.53311
1022Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+0.60810
1164Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+0.66010
1285Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+0.73510
1319Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+0.7949
1451Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+0.79811
1527Kas HaverkortNEDMP Motorsport+0.83311
1662Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+0.83811
1796Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+0.96711
1841Emidio PesceITADR Formula+1.0339
1991Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+1.0449
205Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+1.06211
2158Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+1.10411
2235Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+1.16511
2314Nicola MarinangeliITAArden Motorsport+1.38510
2416Tommy SmithAUSJD Motorsport+1.41810
2571Brad BenavidesUSADR Formula+1.52311
267Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+1.7569
272Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+1.90011
2813Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite Racing+1.91211
299Alexandre BardinonFRAFA Racing+2.22710
3072Bélen GarciaESPG4 Racing+2.55411
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