Canamasas charges to maiden pole position
3 July 2011 – Sergio Canamasas posted a stunning effort of 1:32.826 to take his first ever Formula Renault 3.5 pole position at the Hungaroring this morning, overcoming pressure from Race 1 winner Jean-Eric Vergne. Ireland’s Adam Carroll put in another impressive performance en route to third at the wheel of his P1 Motorsport machine, less than half a tenth behind second place man Vergne.
After finishing second in yesterday afternoon’s opening race, Alexander Rossi found the speed required to claim fourth on the grid, narrowly ahead of Gravity driver Brendon Hartley. Tech 1’s Arthur Pic will join the New Zealander on the third row, just ahead of Daniel Zampieri who ended the session in seventh place, over six tenths behind team-mate and pole-sitter Canamasas.
Albert Costa bounced back from his retirement in the first race to secure eighth, edging in front of championship leader Robert Wickens who continued to struggle for raw pace. Reigning Champion Mikhail Aleshin had to settle for tenth, while Daniel Ricciardo could place no higher than 13th.
Race 2 begins at 1pm local time (BST 1)