Jousse scores first F2 pole
|By Steven English||Saturday, August 15th 2009, 16:38 GMT|
Julien Jousse scored his maiden Formula 2 pole position in this afternoon's qualifying session for the second race of the weekend at Donington Park.
The 23-year-old had previously qualified inside the top six five times this year but was yet to start higher than fourth. But he found the pace to lead the way in the final 10 minutes of today's half-hour session.
Jousse will be joined on the front row by Sebastian Hohenthal, who also posted his best qualifying performance of the season so far after topping this morning's practice session.
Mirko Bortolotti pulled a late effort out of the bag to claim third on the grid, ahead of the ever-consistent Kazim Vasiliauskas.
Edoardo Piscopo will share the third row with championship leader Andy Soucek, while Mikhail Aleshin, Robert Wickens, Tobias Hegewald and Philipp Eng completed the top 10.
Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Julien Jousse 1m23.507s 2. Sebastian Hohenthal 1m23.635s +0.128 3. Mirko Bortolotti 1m23.681s +0.174 4. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m23.709s +0.202 5. Edoardo Piscopo 1m23.714s +0.207 6. Andy Soucek 1m23.763s +0.256 7. Mikhail Aleshin 1m23.847s +0.340 8. Robert Wickens 1m23.884s +0.377 9. Tobias Hegewald 1m23.943s +0.436 10. Philipp Eng 1m24.003s +0.496 11. Milos Pavlovic 1m24.044s +0.537 12. Carlos Iaconelli 1m24.098s +0.591 13. German Sanchez 1m24.198s +0.691 14. Armaan Ebrahim 1m24.249s +0.742 15. Jason Moore 1m24.354s +0.847 16. Tom Gladdis 1m24.446s +0.939 17. Jolyon Palmer 1m24.472s +0.965 18. Henri Karjalainen 1m24.493s +0.986 19. Nicola de Marco 1m24.680s +1.173 20. Jack Clarke 1m24.718s +1.211 21. Alex Brundle 1m24.739s +1.232 22. Natacha Gachnang 1m25.046s +1.539 23. Jens Hoing 1m25.894s +2.387 24. Pietro Gandolfi 1m26.951s +3.444