Monday, June 27, 2011

Mirko Bortolotti secures F2 pole position at wet Spa Francorchamps

24/06/2011 – Mirko Bortolotti delivered a masterclass in wet weather driving to qualify on pole position for this afternoon’s first F2 race. The Italian set a time 1.398 seconds faster than Ramon Pineiro with Alex Brundle third.

The session was affected heavily by rain, with relentless conditions making this already challenging circuit all the more demanding.

Bortolotti topped the leaderboard late in the session, grabbing provisional pole with five minutes remaining with a time that would have secured pole anyway, before setting another time with just moments remaining that almost doubled his margin to Pineiro in second place.

Despite the conditions there were few incidents on track, although Johannes Theobald made contact with the wall in the final minute of the session.

Provisional pole was traded regularly throughout the session, with championship-leader Christopher Zanella, Will Bratt and Alex Brundle all taking their turn at the top.

Zanella eventually had to settle for fourth, with Bratt fifth, and Thiemo Storz showing well in sixth place. Tobias Hegewald, who dominated here in 2009 secured seventh on the grid, with Miki Monras, Kelvin Snoeks and Benjamin Lariche rounding out the top ten.

Speaking afterwards, Bortolotti said: “It was very tricky and wet out there and very difficult to see through the spray. The track did get dryer though as the session went on. We had a good set up and I’m pleased to be on pole and looking forward to the race, which is going to be a long one if the conditions remain the same.”

FIA Formula Two Qualifying One result:

1. Mirko Bortolotti, 2m33.344s
2. Ramon Pineiro, +1.398s
3. Alex Brundle, +1.441s
4. Christopher Zanella, +1.707s
5. Will Bratt, +1.781s
6. Thiemo Storz, +2.397s
7. Tobias Hegewald, +2.734s
8. Miki Monras, +2.876s
9. Kelvin Snoeks, +2.979s
10. Benjamin Lariche, +3.122s

Formula Two is next out on track for the first race of the weekend at Spa Francorchamps at 13.05pm UK time. Be sure to visit the F2 homepage to view streaming of the race, live timing and live text commentary.

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