Will Bratt follows maiden win with first Formula 2 pole at Spa

Will Bratt sealed his first Formula 2 pole for the second race at Spa-Francorchamps, just a day after recording his maiden win in the series

Will Bratt follows maiden win with first Formula 2 pole at Spa

Bratt rose to the top with five minutes of the overboost-enabled session remaining, having taken the gamble to go out late on a drying circuit which was yielding increasing levels of grip as qualifying progressed.

That demoted previous pacesetter Mirko Bortolotti into second, the Italian having been the first man to dip under the 2m07s bracket moments before.

Bratt still faced an anxious wait however as Ramon Pineiro began his flying lap - and while the Spaniard set the fastest third sector, Bratt held on to pole by just 0.078 seconds.

Bortolotti's earlier effort was enough for third and a share of the second row alongside Tobias Hegewald, who was fastest in sector one but lost time in the following two zones.

Championship leader Christopher Zanella meanwhile finished in fifth, fractions ahead of the impressive Jordan King, who is making his F2 debut this weekend.

King, the youngest ever driver to compete in F2, had sat fourth with five minutes of the session to go, and recorded the fastest time of any driver in sector two.

Mikkel Mac and Miki Monras will share the fourth row for F2's second race at Spa, with Julian Theobald and Jack Clarke rounding out the top 10.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Will Bratt 2m07.495s 2. Ramon Pineiro 2m07.573s + 0.078s 3. Mirko Bortolotti 2m07.919s + 0.424s 4. Tobias Hegewald 2m08.231s + 0.736s 5. Christopher Zanella 2m08.331s + 0.836s 6. Jordan King 2m08.342s + 0.847s 7. Mikkel Mac 2m08.371s + 0.876s 8. Miki Monras 2m08.379s + 0.884s 9. Julian Theobald 2m08.423s + 0.928s 10. Jack Clarke 2m08.515s + 1.020s 11. Alex Brundle 2m08.525s + 1.030s 12. Mihai Marinescu 2m08.530s + 1.035s 13. Benjamin Lariche 2m08.839s + 1.344s 14. Armaan Ebrahim 2m09.394s + 1.899s 15. Thiemo Storz 2m09.656s + 2.161s 16. Kelvin Snoeks 2m09.755s + 2.260s 17. Jose Luis Abadin 2m10.393s + 2.898s 18. Maxim Snegirev 2m10.608s + 3.113s 19. Johannes Theobald 2m10.625s + 3.130s 20. James Cole 2m10.661s + 3.166s 21. Sunghak Mun 2m10.795s + 3.300s 22. Plamen Kralev 2m11.254s + 3.759s 23. Parthiva Sureshwaren 2m11.388s + 3.893s 
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