Markus Pommer takes maiden Formula 2 pole at Spa
|By Jack Nicholls||Saturday, June 23rd 2012, 09:30 GMT|
Markus Pommer took his maiden Formula 2 pole position in qualifying for the first race of the weekend at Spa.
After setting a banker lap, Pommer used his fresh tyres to "try a crazy lap, and it was perfect". He outpaced Daniel McKenzie by 0.05 seconds, but the British driver only did one run on fresh tyres, leaving him in an arguably stronger position for the race.
Mihai Marinescu qualified third on the grid alongside Kevin Mirocha, with the top four separated by less than two tenths of a second. Matheo Tuscher also only did one run, setting a time good enough for fifth on the grid ahead of F2 debutant Vittorio Ghirelli.
The tactic of doing only one flying lap did not work out as well for Luciano Bacheta, the championship leader starting in seventh place, with Alex Fontana behind him.
Despite looking quick in testing, Bacheta's closest rival Christopher Zanella could only manage ninth on the grid, whilst Parthiva Sureshwaren's best qualifying effort ensured he completed the top 10.
Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Markus Pommer 2m04.623s 2. Daniel McKenzie 2m04.673s + 0.050s 3. Mihai Marinescu 2m04.796s + 0.173s 4. Kevin Mirocha 2m04.811s + 0.188s 5. Mathéo Tuscher 2m04.933s + 0.310s 6. Vittorio Ghirelli 2m05.036s + 0.413s 7. Luciano Bacheta 2m05.095s + 0.472s 8. Alex Fontana 2m05.236s + 0.613s 9. Christopher Zanella 2m05.247s + 0.624s 10. Parthiva Sureshwaren 2m05.317s + 0.694s 11. Dino Zamparelli 2m05.577s + 0.954s 12. Plamen Kralev 2m06.086s + 1.463s 13. Mauro Calamia 2m06.142s + 1.519s 14. Axcil Jefferies 2m06.427s + 1.804s 15. Maxim Snegirev 2m06.442s + 1.819s 16. Hector Hurst 2m06.473s + 1.850s 17. Kourosh Khani 2m07.227s + 2.604s 18. David Zhu 2m07.260s + 2.637s