Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) set his second straight pole of the weekend as the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship lined-up to qualify for race 2 at Silverstone. The Brazilian, who already got the pole at the end of yesterday afternoon’s qualifying 1, will start out front in the final race of the weekend scheduled for Easter Sunday morning at 9:58. It was another all-Lotus front row, with the second place secured by René Binder.
The session started with a wet racetrack coming from the rain that fell overnight. The first man to make it on-track was Fittipaldi, but it was Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) to set the early pace on rain tyres, the same as Binder. After just 8 minutes, the session went in Full Course Yellow as Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport) spun in turn 13, stopping in the grass.
After a massive effort from the local marshals, the session went back to green with 16:30 to go, with Orudzhev leading the pack on Binder and Fittipaldi. Right before the final run, the best laptime, 1:55.317, was in the hands of Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport) who preceeded Nelson Mason (Teo Martin Motorsport) and Yu Kanamaru (Teo Martin Motorsport).
It was a challenging session with the track conditions improving progressively. Fittipaldi eventually managed to get the nod in 1:47.787, leading his teammate by 812 thousands of a second. The off-track exit by Giuseppe Cirpiani (Il Barone Rampante) brought red flags in with 1 minute 11s to go. As it was impossible to restart the session, Lotus could wait and celebrate their second front row lockout of the season.
Nissany, who won both races in 2016, is opening the second row alongside Mason who was the best rookie. The Canadian is back having received the authorization from National ASN who stopped him yesterday in Q1.
“I’m really happy, we got another pole position, so it’s a double for this week-end. We had very tricky conditions, I thought yesterday was difficult but today was even worse. The track was really damp, we went out on wets, then moved on to slicks and we got the pole by almost a second. I’m really happy with that and with the team. We’re pushing for the race today, and starting from pole position it should be good”.