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Mirko Bortolotti flies to Formula 2 race two pole in Austria

Mirko Bortolotti stormed to race two pole position at Spielberg, with the fastest lap of the weekend so far

The far cooler conditions clearly suited the Formula 2 cars better, and the championship leader produced a great effort of 1m20.536s to earn pole by more than 0.3 seconds.

"It was a really good session for us," said Bortolotti. "I think the lap was really good and that's the maximum for these cars on this track. Now I'm looking forward to the race."

Title rival Christopher Zanella - out of the points in yesterday's race - was facing another difficult race after spinning midway through the session. He was languishing in 19th place until he pulled a great lap out of the bag with just seconds remaining to take second.

Yesterday's race one poleman and winner Ramon Pineiro will line up third, alongside Mihai Marinescu, whose great weekend continued with a solid fourth fastest time.

Tobias Hegewald will start fifth, just ahead of the session's surprise package, Max Snegirev. The Russian was actually the fastest driver of all through the first sector on his way to a fantastic sixth fastest.

After strong showings so far, it was a disappointing session for newboy Luciano Bacheta, who starts 15th, alongside fellow debutant Rene Binder.

Pos  Driver                Time       Gap
 1.  Mirko Bortolotti      1m20.536s
 2.  Christopher Zanella   1m20.891s  + 0.355s
 3.  Ramon Pineiro         1m20.931s  + 0.395s
 4.  Mihai Marinescu       1m21.093s  + 0.557s
 5.  Tobias Hegewald       1m21.333s  + 0.797s
 6.  Maxim Snegirev        1m21.498s  + 0.962s
 7.  Miki Monras           1m21.552s  + 1.016s
 8.  Kelvin Snoeks         1m21.704s  + 1.168s
 9.  Benjamin Lariche      1m21.712s  + 1.176s
10.  Alex Brundle          1m21.742s  + 1.206s
11.  Jack Clarke           1m21.765s  + 1.229s
12.  Armaan Ebrahim        1m21.962s  + 1.426s
13.  Johannes Theobald     1m22.096s  + 1.560s
14.  Luciano Bacheta       1m22.114s  + 1.578s
15.  Rene Binder           1m22.136s  + 1.600s
16.  Julian Theobald       1m22.160s  + 1.624s
17.  Mikkel Mac            1m21.960s  + 1.424s
18.  Sunghak Mun           1m22.429s  + 1.893s
19.  James Cole            1m22.438s  + 1.902s
20.  Parthiva Sureshwaren  1m22.950s  + 2.414s
21.  Plamen Kralev         1m23.231s  + 2.695s
22.  Thiemo Storz

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