Eurocup FR 2.0-Ricciardo at last!

Hungaroring – Qualifying

Since the start of the season, Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) has claimed every pole position in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. But things changed at Hungaroring as Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) brought home the two first pole positions ahead of team mate Andrea Caldarelli. For the first time, a qualifying session was between drivers who did not qualify in the super pole. It was taken by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (BVM Minardi).

Group A

The SG Formula drivers stood out in this group as Daniel Ricciardo set the best time of 1'43''709 ahead of team-mate Andrea Caldarelli. Michele Faccin (Jenzer Motorsport) was third for most of the session but was pipped to the post by Patrick Reiterer (Prema Powerteam).

Group B

Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) took control of his group ahead of Richard Campollo (Epsilon Euskadi) and Pal Varhaug (Jenzer Motorsport). Valtteri Bottas soon had the last word with a lap of 1'44''440, taking the lead with ease. At the end of the session, Jean-Éric Vergne (SG Formula) and Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) had claimed third and fourth position respectively.

SuperPole

Valtteri Bottas got down to business right away, making his first run before entering the pits to put on new tyres. At this point, only a handful of cars were out on the track. Eight minutes from the end of the session, Daniel Ricciardo went on the offensive. On his first flying lap, the Australian claimed pole position with a time of 1'44''157. Spurred into action, Bottas struck back, briefly reclaiming the top spot before Ricciardo went one better. Pole position went to the SG Formula driver with a time of 1'43''719. As holder of the second fastest lap, he took pole position for both races. Andrea Caldarelli turned a few heads at the end of the session. The Italian will be starting alongside his team mate in both races. In third, Valtteri Bottas had to relinquish his times due to technical non-conformity of his engine's flywheel. He was relegated to the back row of the qualifying race. Jean-Éric Vergne (SG Formula) moved into third position for both start grids, in front of Roberto Merhi for the first race and Tobias Hegewald for the second.

Qualifying race

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (BVM Minardi Team), who failed to qualify for the SuperPole for the first time this season, claimed the qualifying race. In nineteenth place and last on the start grid, Valtteri Bottas had climbed up to eleventh place at the end of the first lap, before passing his opponents one-by-one to finish second, hot on the heels of the winner! Quaife-Hobbs and Bottas will start both races in twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth position respectively. McKenzie, Butorac and Morgan failed to qualify.

Daniel Ricciardo: «I quickly gained confidence for my first drive on this circuit. The car was going very well from the start. And I beat Valtteri Bottas in qualifying! It's a double victory, as I've got both pole positions!»

Andrea Caldarelli: «I'm a little frustrated, as I was always in a position to get a good result and for one little thing, I'm in second! But on the bright side, we're competitive! I'm hoping to upset the trend in the race.»

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS 

1 12 Daniel RICCIARDO SG FORMULA 3 1:43.719 - 152.1 6   2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 3 1:43.782 +0.063 152.0 6   3 6 Jean Eric VERGNE SG DRIVERS PROJECT 3 1:44.126 +0.407 151.5 5   4 8 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2 3 1:44.172 +0.453 151.4 6   5 25 Cesar RAMOS BVM MINARDI TEAM 9 1:44.309 +0.590 151.2 10   6 7 Albert COSTA EPSILON EUSKADI 2 5 1:44.315 +0.596 151.2 7   7 10 Tobias HEGEWALD MOTOPARK ACADEMY 8 1:44.321 +0.602 151.2 9   8 33 Paul MEIJER EPSILON SPORT 7 1:44.400 +0.681 151.1 8   9 17 Sergio CAMPANA PREMA POWERTEAM 2 1:44.490 +0.771 150.9 5   10 28 Pal VARHAUG JENZER MOTORSPORT 3 1:44.508 +0.789 150.9 6   11 27 Michele FACCIN JENZER MOTORSPORT 3 1:44.603 +0.884 150.8 5   12 35 Stephane RICHELMI EPSILON SPORT 5 1:44.604 +0.885 150.8 7   13 24 Daniel ZAMPIERI BVM MINARDI TEAM 6 1:44.606 +0.887 150.8 8   14 22 Kuba GIERMAZIAK TEAM MOTOPARK 9 1:44.653 +0.934 150.7 9   15 41 Dean SMITH FORTEC MOTORSPORT 9 1:44.672 +0.953 150.7 10   16 37 Miki MONRAS HITECH JUNIOR TEAM 9 1:44.777 +1.058 150.5 10   17 3 Richard CAMPOLLO EPSILON EUSKADI 1 4 1:44.813 +1.094 150.5 6   18 1 Jake ROSENZWEIG EPSILON EUSKADI 1 6 1:44.889 +1.170 150.4 8   19 29 Siso CUNILL JENZER MOTORSPORT 3 1:44.954 +1.235 150.3 6   20 43 Gabriel DIAS FORTEC COMPETITION 6 1:44.972 +1.253 150.2 8   21 18 Patrick REITERER PREMA POWERTEAM 8 1:45.054 +1.335 150.1 9   22 4 Ramez AZZAM SG DRIVERS PROJECT 3 1:45.116 +1.397 150.0 6   23 16 Victor GARCIA PREMA POWERTEAM 8 1:45.468 +1.749 149.5 9     11 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 0       9  

Pos Number Driver  Team  Laps Time GapFirst KPH 

1 26 Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBS BVM MINARDI TEAM 13 23:05.767 - 149.5   2 11 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 13 23:06.046 +0.279 150.4   3 34 Bastien BORGET EPSILON SPORT 13 23:09.240 +3.473 149.0   4 23 Juan Pablo GARCÍA TEAM MOTOPARK 13 23:12.340 +6.573 148.7   5 5  Anton NEBILITSKYI SG DRIVERS PROJECT 13 23:12.833 +7.066 148.8   6 36 Richard SINGLETON HITECH JUNIOR TEAM 13 23:13.186 +7.419 149.4   7 38 Luciano BACHETA HITECH JUNIOR RACING 13 23:14.341 +8.574 149.0   8 66 Christopher ZANELLA RACE PERFORMANCE 13 23:14.868 +9.101 148.9   9 9 Carlos MUÑOZ EPSILON EUSKADI 2 13 23:15.597 +9.830 149.1   10 19 Adam KOUT KRENEK MOTORSPORT 13 23:17.627 +11.860 148.7   11 2 Pablo MONTILLA EPSILON EUSKADI 1 13 23:18.870 +13.103 148.8   12 45 Nicolas MARROC TCS RACING 13 23:19.883 +14.116 149.1   13 39 Juan JACOBO HITECH JUNIOR RACING 13 23:20.491 +14.724 149.6   14 30 Miguel OTEGUI IQUICK 13 23:26.166 +20.399 148.8   15 21 Nathanaël BERTHON BOUTSEN ENERGY RACING 13 23:27.189 +21.422 148.9   16 42 Daniel MCKENZIE FORTEC MOTORSPORT 13 23:27.722 +21.955 148.8   17 40 Dino BUTORAC RB RACING TEAM 13 24:13.925 +1:08.158 144.8     44 Alex MORGAN FORTEC COMPETITION 10 17:53.219   148.8