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Fukuzumi flies to pole in Jerez

Fukuzumi flies to pole in Jerez

06 OCT 2017

Japanese driver grabs top spot at the flag

Nirei Fukuzumi has stolen pole with a last gasp lap in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Circuito de Jerez, grabbing the top spot and stopping the clock at 1:30.678 after the flag dropped to claim his second pole position of the season ahead of teammates and title rivals Jack Aitken and George Russell.

The session opened under gloriously sunny conditions, with everyone running straight out on track to get the fight underway. Dorian Boccolacci set the pace straight out of the box before running wide and tagging the barriers at turn 10 before returning to the pitlane to check for damage, with a string of drivers sharing the top spot: Raoul Hyman, Marcos Siebert, Giuliano Alesi, Arjun Maini, Tatiana Calderon, Alessio Lorandi and Dan Ticktum all spent time in P1 before the ART machine got underway.

Aitken annexed the top of the timesheets just before halfway through the session, with Russell, Anthoine Hubert and Fukuzumi slotting in behind the Briton, and as everyone returned to the pits the question was would anyone be able to improve on their second set of tyres.

Everyone returned to the track with 5 minutes remaining, and Russell set the target, grabbing P1 as everyone tried to pry it from his grip. As the flag dropped it looked as though the Series leader had done enough for pole, but first Aitken and then Fukuzumi put in a pair of astonishing laps on an emptying circuit to push their teammate back to the second row.

Behind him Ticktum had done enough to break up an all-ART top 4, pushing Hubert back to P5 ahead of Lorandi, Boccolacci, Kari, Calderon and Steijn Schothorst in another tight session which saw the top 12 separated by just one second. The fight for tomorrow’s Race 1, already so important for the shape of the championship, looks set to be a scorcher.

Provisional Qualifying Classification

 



Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

 

 

1


Nirei FUKUZUMI

ART Grand Prix

1:30.678

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13

 

 

2


Jack AITKEN

ART Grand Prix

1:30.847

0.169

13

 

 

3


George RUSSELL

ART Grand Prix

1:30.889

0.211

13

 

 

4


Daniel TICKTUM

DAMS

1:31.031

0.353

11

 

 

5


Anthoine HUBERT

ART Grand Prix

1:31.140

0.463

13

 

 

6


Alessio LORANDI

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.334

0.656

13

 

 

7


Dorian BOCCOLACCI

Trident

1:31.389

0.711

14

 

 

8


Niko KARI

Arden International

1:31.404

0.727

13

 

 

9


Tatiana CALDERON

DAMS

1:31.478

0.800

12

 

 

10


Steijn SCHOTHORST

Arden International

1:31.507

0.829

14

 

 

11


Giuliano ALESI

Trident

1:31.593

0.915

16

 

 

12


Kevin JOERG

Trident

1:31.661

0.983

13

 

 

13


Ryan TVETER

Trident

1:31.689

1.011

13

 

 

14


Julien FALCHERO

Campos Racing

1:31.707

1.029

12

 

 

15


Marcos SIEBERT

Campos Racing

1:31.707

1.029

13

 

 

16


Leonardo PULCINI

Arden International

1:31.726

1.048

13

 

 

17


Raoul HYMAN

Campos Racing

1:31.984

1.306

14

 

 

18


Juan Manuel CORREA

Jenzer Motorsport

1:32.019

1.341

13

 

 

19


Arjun MAINI

Jenzer Motorsport

1:32.139

1.461

15

 

 

20


Bruno BAPTISTA

DAMS

1:32.161

1.483

11