Gabriel Bortoleto claimed his first pole position in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine in Barcelona right on the weekend of his birthday. The R-ace GP‘s Brazilian driver set the fastest time of 1m40.532s in the Group B session, only 0.156s ahead of his teammate Hadrien David. The Frenchman finished yesterday’s race with a second place and will start from the second row of the grid in Race 2.
Pierre-Louis Chovet topped the Group A, securing the first row for this afternoon’s race in 1m40.599s. The RPM standard bearer was 0.035s faster than Race 1 winner Paul Aron (Prema Racing) who showed once again that he has a very good pace on the Spanish track.
After showing an excellent performance, Owen Tangavelou (RPM) will start from the third row alongside Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing). Joshua Durksen (Arden) will share the fourth row of the grid with Victor Bernier (FA Racing), who is seeking redemption after yesterday’s retirement for a technical issue on his car while he was fighting for the top 10.
The top ten is completed by the two title contenders Gabriele Minì (ART Grand Prix) and Dino Beganovic (Prema Racing).
“Getting my first pole on my birthday weekend was fantastic – said Bortoleto – I had been close to it at Paul Ricard, but this time we managed to put it all together thanks to the great work done by the whole team.”
Race 2 (16.25pm) will be live streamed on official YouTube and Facebook of the series (links at formularegionaleubyalpine.com).