Mortara takes pole at Valencia

Formula 3 Euro Series championship leader Edoardo Mortara has taken pole position for the first race of the weekend at Valencia

Mortara takes pole at Valencia

The Macau Grand Prix winner finished the session with a relatively comfortable margin of 0.2 seconds over F3 rookie Daniel Juncadella, who kept up his streak of front row qualifying performances this season with second place.

The second row of the grid is locked out by ART Grand Prix's title hopefuls, with Valtteri Bottas two tenths of a second clear of his team-mate Alexander Sims as both look to make up ground in the standings.

Mortara's closest rival in the standings at the moment, Signature team-mate Marco Wittmann, could only manage fifth place behind the red and white cars.

Rookie Carlos Munoz completed the top six as the lead driver for Mucke Motorsport, which had a difficult session with Hockenheim race two winner Roberto Merhi only able to qualify eighth.

The Mucke cars were split by the third Signature entry of Laurens Vanthoor, while Antonio Felix da Costa and series debutant Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10 for Motopark.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap 1. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V 1m28.583s 2. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M 1m28.787s + 0.204s 3. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M 1m28.827s + 0.244s 4. Alexander Sims ART D/M 1m29.032s + 0.449s 5. Marco Wittmann Signature D/V 1m29.117s + 0.534s 6. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M 1m29.141s + 0.558s 7. Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V 1m29.178s + 0.595s 8. Roberto Merhi Mucke D/M 1m29.319s + 0.736s 9. Antonio Felix da Costa Motopark D/V 1m29.351s + 0.768s 10. Kevin Magnussen Motopark D/V 1m29.508s + 0.925s 11. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M 1m29.645s + 1.062s 12. Matias Laine Motopark D/V 1m29.662s + 1.079s 13. Jim Pla ART D/M 1m29.675s + 1.092s 
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