Aurelien Panis inherits Spa pole after Matthieu Vaxiviere penalty

Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere has been relegated from pole position to last on the grid for Saturday afternoon's opening Formula V8 3.5 race at Spa-Francorchamps

Aurelien Panis inherits Spa pole after Matthieu Vaxiviere penalty

A parc ferme infringement was committed by Vaxiviere's SMP Racing team following qualifying.

"It is not the best weekend for me, we have lost the pole and I think I have lost my job," said SMP Racing's respected team manager Simone Giglio.

"It was my misunderstanding, I heard that parc ferme was open, and I thought it was open for everyone. It was my mistake."

Vaxiviere's penalty promotes Arden racer Aurelien Panis to pole position ahead of team-mate Egor Orudzhev.

Pos Driver Team
1 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport
2 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport
3 Rene Binder Lotus
4 Tom Dillmann AVF
5 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports
6 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport
7 Roy Nissany Lotus
8 Johnny Cecotto Jr. RP Motorsport
9 Alfonso Celis AVF
10 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports
12 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport
13 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport
14 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team
15 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Matthieu Vaxiviere , Aurelien Panis
Author Peter Mills
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