Porteiro Takes Valencia Pole

Felix Porteiro secured pole position for the first World Series by Renault race at Valencia

Porteiro Takes Valencia Pole

Local driver Porteiro lapped the Spanish track in 1:20.989s to become the fourth different pole sitter in the four races so far this season.

Porteiro's Epsilon teammate and Championship leader Robert Kubica will start alongside him on the front row, after securing the fastest time in his session. It is the first time this season that one team has annexed the front row.

Frenchman Eric Salignon will line up third after securing the second fastest time in Porteiro's 'faster' session, just 0.226s off the Spaniard. American Colin Fleming will start fourth, after finishing 0.018s behind Kubica in the 'slower' session.

The World Series by Renault cars are split into two 15 minutes qualifying sessions to limit the problem of traffic ruining hot laps.

Because Porteiro posted a faster time than Kubica, the drivers in the Spaniard's session will start on the odd-numbered grid slots. The drivers in Kubica's slower session will start behind him on the even numbered grid slots.

Odd Number Qualifiers:

Pos  Driver               Team               Time
 1.  Felix Porteiro       Epsilon            1:20.989
 3.  Eric Salignon        Cram               1:21.215 + 0.226
 5.  Andreas Zuber        Carlin             1:21.249 + 0.260
 7.  Adrian Valles        Pons               1:21.298 + 0.309
 9.  Tristan Gommendy     KTR                1:21.584 + 0.595
11.  Patrick Pilet        Jenzer             1:21.619 + 0.630
13.  Daniel La Rosa       Interwetten        1:21.665 + 0.676
15.  Enrico Toccacelo     Victory            1:21.892 + 0.903
17.  Ryo Fukuda           Saulnier           1:21.905 + 0.916
19.  Christian Montanari  Draco              1:22.113 + 1.124
21.  Giorgio Mondini      Eurointernational  1:22.392 + 1.403
23.  Karun Chandhok       RC                 1:22.554 + 1.565
25.  Frederik Vervisch    GD                 1:23.016 + 2.027
27.  Raffaele Giammaria   Dams               1:23.901 + 2.912

Even Number Qualifiers:

Pos  Driver               Team               Time
 2.  Robert Kubica        Epsilon            1:21.036
 4.  Colin Fleming        Jenzer             1:21.054 + 0.018
 6.  Will Power           Carlin             1:21.104 + 0.068
 8.  Markus Winkelhock    Draco              1:21.221 + 0.185
10.  Simon Pagenaud       Saulnier           1:21.352 + 0.316
12.  Alx Danielsson       Dams               1:21.375 + 0.339
14.  Jaap Van Lagen       KTR                1:21.465 + 0.429
16.  Damien Pasini        Cram               1:21.491 + 0.455
18.  Milos Pavlovic       GD                 1:21.612 + 0.576
20.  Tomas Kostka         Victory            1:21.705 + 0.669
22.  Celso Miguez         Pons               1:21.794 + 0.758
24.  Giovanni Tedeschi    RC                 1:22.446 + 1.410
26.  Ivan Bellarosa       Avelon             1:23.252 + 2.216
28.  Mehdi Bennani        Avelon             1:24.275 + 3.239
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