Mirko Bortolotti dominates Formula 2 qualifying at the Nurburgring

Mirko Bortolotti blitzed his Formula 2 opposition to claim pole position for the first of two races at the Nurburgring this weekend

Mirko Bortolotti dominates Formula 2 qualifying at the Nurburgring

The 2008 Italian Formula 3 champion lapped the GP circuit in a 1m48.288s best to take the top spot. That left him a comfortable 0.328 seconds clear of nearest challenger Mihai Marinescu.

"We made some changes overnight and did a good job," said Bortolotti. "Yesterday was my first time on this track, but I felt quite comfortable and I'm quite happy with my lap. I'm looking forward to the race."

Spa winner Will Bratt will line up alongside fellow Briton Alex Brundle on the second row, with Spaniard Ramon Pineiro fifth and the last of the runners to lap below 1m49s.

A last-gasp improvement from Jack Clarke elevated the Briton into the top six, ahead of title contenders Christopher Zanella and Miki Monras.

Formula Renault UK convert Jordan King and early session pacesetter Mikkel Mac rounded out a top 10 covered by 1.128s.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Mirko Bortolotti 1m48.288s 2. Mihai Marinescu 1m48.616s + 0.328s 3. Will Bratt 1m48.725s + 0.437s 4. Alex Brundle 1m48.858s + 0.570s 5. Ramon Pineiro 1m48.917s + 0.629s 6. Jack Clarke 1m49.024s + 0.736s 7. Christopher Zanella 1m49.065s + 0.777s 8. Miki Monras 1m49.156s + 0.868s 9. Jordan King 1m49.254s + 0.966s 10. Mikkel Mac 1m49.416s + 1.128s 11. Tobias Hegewald 1m49.435s + 1.147s 12. Benjamin Lariche 1m49.451s + 1.163s 13. Johannes Theobald 1m49.463s + 1.175s 14. Armaan Ebrahim 1m49.670s + 1.382s 15. Thiemo Storz 1m49.692s + 1.404s 16. Kelvin Snoeks 1m49.766s + 1.478s 17. Maxim Snegirev 1m50.173s + 1.885s 18. Julian Theobald 1m50.308s + 2.020s 19. James Cole 1m50.527s + 2.239s 20. Sunghak Mun 1m50.532s + 2.244s 21. Plamen Kralev 1m51.011s + 2.723s 22. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m51.037s + 2.749s 23. Fabio Gamberini 1m51.284s + 2.996s 
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