Monza Formula V8 3.5: Roy Nissany takes Sunday pole position

Roy Nissany claimed his second Formula V8 3.5 pole position of the weekend at Monza

In a formidable display by the Charouz-run Lotus team, Nissany edged out team-mate Rene Binder by 0.180s, thanks to a last lap effort of 1m34.798s.

Heavy rain overnight left the circuit damp at the start of qualifying, but as lap times fell Nissany timed his final lap to perfection to jump from seventh to first.

"That was tricky," said Nissany, who won yesterday's first race.

"On the first stint it was wet in some parts and dry in some parts, and it started to be a game of gambling between the wet and the dry.

"I was focusing on first half of qualifying on learning the track conditions, rather than lap times.

"My engineer was urging me on the radio to push and push, but I was calculating where it would get drier.

"The Parabolica was still wet on the inside until the last lap, so everyone had to do an outside line.

"On my last stint, I was also building up slowly, making sure not to go onto any kerbs - it was very slippery.

Binder suggested the lack of a slipstream held him back on his way to second.

"The car is really strong, I had no tow - I was always driving alone," said Binder.

"When I went out at the start of the session, the track was even worse than I expected. You couldn't see clearly where it was wet and dry.

"Yesterday I had the pace to be on the podium, but it was a very strange start with people cutting the first chicane."

Behind Binder, series returnee Will Buller was third for RP Motorsport.

The Super Formula racer, who is having his first FV8 3.5 outing of the year, believes the mandatory pit stops could aid his progress in the race.

"We knew the potential was there since yesterday," he said.

"It was close at the end, but I didn't manage to get a tow, and obviously the Lotuses have managed to do a good job.

Championship leader Tom Dillmann will join Buller on the second row of this afternoon's race.

Egor Orudzhev reported that he had the car to be on pole in qualifying, but suffered from an unidentified issue in the final stages of the session.

The Arden racer will head the third row, from Saturday front row qualifier Pietro Fittipaldi.

The Brazilian's Fortec team-mate Louis Deletraz qualified down in eighth, and will have his work cut out to repeat his race one second place.


Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Roy Nissany Lotus Dallara/Zytek 1m34.798s - 16
2 Rene Binder Lotus Dallara/Zytek 1m34.978s 0.180s 16
3 William Buller RP Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m35.232s 0.434s 16
4 Tom Dillmann AVF Dallara/Zytek 1m35.269s 0.471s 16
5 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m35.281s 0.483s 15
6 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Zytek 1m35.374s 0.576s 15
7 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m35.418s 0.620s 16
8 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Zytek 1m35.488s 0.690s 15
9 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m35.533s 0.735s 16
10 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing Dallara/Zytek 1m35.670s 0.872s 16
11 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m35.692s 0.894s 15
12 Alfonso Celis AVF Dallara/Zytek 1m36.722s 1.924s 15
13 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport Dallara/Zytek 1m36.847s 2.049s 14
14 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team Dallara/Zytek 1m38.007s 3.209s 15


Monza Formula V8 3.5: Roy Nissany dominates race one

Monza Formula V8 3.5: Egor Orudzhev wins race two from fifth