Spa Euro F3: Jensen and Dennis claim poles for races two and three

Dane Mikkel Jensen claimed a surprise pole position in second qualifying for this weekend's Spa Formula 3 European Championship round, while Jake Dennis will start on pole for race three

Spa Euro F3: Jensen and Dennis claim poles for races two and three

Jensen, the reigning ADAC Formel Masters champion, popped into the top spot just moments before the session was red-flagged for a second time, and with less than a minute remaining it was not restarted.

It was the second stoppage of the session, during which times tumbled throughout as the racing line dried out.

Jensen's achievement means he is the first non-Prema Powerteam driver to top an F3 qualifying session this season, although Felix Rosenqvist was stripped of two of his pole positions at Silverstone for a technical infringement.

Ironically, Prema reckoned that Jensen gained his time because of a slipstream from the Italian squad's Brandon Maisano, who joins the Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes on the front row for race two.

But Jensen attributed his pole to Mucke's low-rear-wing set-up.

"It was really difficult," he said. "You could watch a little bit the guys in front and see how slippery it was, but it was really bad in the last two corners [Stavelot] before the Blanchimont straight.

"I nearly went off on the first of the right-handers, but the car felt good and I did the time."

Jensen and Maisano leapt to the top just as Prema twins Lance Stroll and Rosenqvist were trying to find a clear space in traffic for a last-lap attack.

Up to this point, rookie Stroll sat on pole after enjoying a strong tow from Rosenqvist, but they ended up third and fourth in the final reckoning.

On the third row for race two will be Scot Sam MacLeod (Motopark) and Fortec Motorsport's Pietro Fittipaldi.

Dennis ended up only seventh in the overall times, but with such inconsistent track conditions the order is considerably jumbled over the two grids: the Briton's second-best time, which forms the grid for race three, was less than a tenth slower than his fastest.

Jensen and Maisano are second and third behind the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Prema driver, with Motopark runner Markus Pommer (11th overall) taking fourth for race three.

Once again MacLeod and Fittipaldi share the third row, with Rosenqvist and Stroll languishing on the fourth.

Santino Ferrucci, Dorian Boccolacci and Sergio Sette Camara round out the top 10 on the grid for race two, with Sette Camara and Callum Ilott forming the fifth row for race three.

It was a miserable session for championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi (12th and 18th) and second-in-points Charles Leclerc (a pair of 13ths).

The first red flag was caused after seven minutes by Alexander Albon crashing at Stavelot, while the second was triggered by a shunt for Ilott.

Meanwhile, a stewards' decision from first qualifying means Camara has earned a five-place grid penalty for forcing Martin Cao off the track - Cao himself earned a reprimand for blocking the Brazilian.

RACE TWO GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.707s -
2 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.786s 0.079s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.072s 0.365s
4 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.175s 0.468s
5 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.579s 0.872s
6 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.584s 0.877s
7 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.666s 0.959s
8 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.756s 1.049s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.881s 1.174s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.061s 1.354s
11 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.371s 1.664s
12 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.495s 1.788s
13 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.660s 1.953s
14 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.954s 2.247s
15 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.058s 2.351s
16 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.082s 2.375s
17 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.167s 2.460s
18 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.408s 2.701s
19 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.616s 2.909s
20 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.770s 3.063s
21 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.045s 3.338s
22 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 2m17.245s 3.538s
23 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m17.427s 3.720s
24 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m18.005s 4.298s
25 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m19.209s 5.502s
26 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m19.663s 5.956s
27 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m19.840s 6.133s
28 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m20.601s 6.894s
29 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m20.801s 7.094s
30 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m21.020s 7.313s
- Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen - -
- Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen - -
- Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes - -

RACE THREE GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.665s -
2 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.677s 0.012s
3 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.950s 0.285s
4 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.606s 0.941s
5 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.631s 0.966s
6 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.812s 0.147s
7 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.644s 0.979s
8 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.799s 1.134s
9 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.107s 1.442s
10 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.514s 1.849s
11 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.525s 1.860s
12 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.839s 2.174s
13 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.108s 2.443s
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.337s 2.672s
15 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 2m17.361s 2.696s
16 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m17.487s 2.822s
17 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m17.517s 2.852s
18 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m17.721s 3.056s
19 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m18.088s 3.423s
20 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m18.132s 3.467s
21 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m18.337s 3.672s
22 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m20.997s 6.332s
23 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m21.494s 6.829s
24 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m21.742s 7.077s
25 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m21.778s 7.113s
26 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m21.783s 7.118s
27 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 3m10.163s 55.498s
28 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen - -
29 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.219s 0.554s
30 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.061s 0.396s
31 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m21.948s 7.283s

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