Jerez FV8 3.5: Deletraz edges Aitken for second pole of season

Louis Deletraz claimed his second Formula V8 3.5 pole position of the season at Jerez after emerging on top in a close battle with Renault Academy stable-mate Jack Aitken

Jerez FV8 3.5: Deletraz edges Aitken for second pole of season

Fortec driver Deletraz's fastest lap of 1m26.943s was just 0.003 seconds quicker than RP Motorsport's series debutant Aitken.

Deletraz has endured an eventful meeting, finishing fourth on-the-road in race one - a result that briefly moved him into the lead of the championship - only to be handed a 10-second penalty for a clash with title rival Tom Dillmann that dropped him out of the points.

"This pole is the perfect answer to the stupid penalty I was given yesterday," said a thrilled Deletraz.

"This is a great result for Renault; I'm good friends with Jack, we're on the programme together, and I'm pleased for him."

Aitken was quickest midway through the half hour session, his best time set on used tyres, before being stripped of his that lap for a track limits infringement at Turn 10.

The RP Motorsport driver - who qualified on pole for Saturday's first race - was relegated to the back of the field, but moved back onto provisional pole entering the final two minutes of qualifying before Deletraz's late improvement.

"I know just where I lost those three thousandths of a second," said Aitken.

"After losing my first lap, I was being extra careful through Turn 10, and probably gave up a good tenth there."

Race one winner Matevos Isaakyan continued his strong form to qualify third for SMP Racing, ahead of team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Egor Orudzhev ended the morning as the leading Arden runner in fifth, and will be joined on the third row by Beitske Visser.

Championship leader Dillmann had tough session and will start Sunday afternoon's race from 13th, one place behind AVF team-mate and Force India Formula 1 Friday driver Alfonso Celis Jr.

Charouz-run Lotus driver Rene Binder will start from the last row after spinning off on the exit of Turn 2 eight minutes into qualifying and lightly damaging his car.

RACE TWO QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m26.943s - 11
2 Jack Aitken RP Motorsport 1m26.946s 0.003s 12
3 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 1m27.045s 0.102s 14
4 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 1m27.322s 0.379s 14
5 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m27.424s 0.481s 12
6 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 1m27.621s 0.678s 10
7 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 1m27.680s 0.737s 12
8 Roy Nissany Lotus 1m27.803s 0.860s 13
9 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 1m27.811s 0.868s 12
10 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 1m27.917s 0.974s 13
11 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 1m27.971s 1.028s 11
12 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m28.074s 1.131s 13
13 Tom Dillmann AVF 1m28.236s 1.293s 12
14 Tom Randle Comtec Racing 1m28.387s 1.444s 14
15 Rene Binder Lotus 1m30.032s 3.089s 4
16 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 1m30.574s 3.631s 14

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