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Dubourg takes pole in mixed conditions

Jean-Baptiste Dubourg managed a rain and sleet hit Super Pole session to take pole for the first race of the weekend at Lans en Vercors.

Heavy rain hit the circuit shortly after the second qualifying session, topped by Dubourg, was completed.

Yann Ehrlacher, who was quickest in the first qualifying session, was the first man to hit the track in the new conditions, but an off towards the end of his lap left him with an uncompetitive lap time.

Benjamin Riviere, who was fourth quickest in both sessions, was the next man on track, but opted to return to the paddock after a sighting lap.

Dubourg was the first driver to set a competitive lap time in the new conditions, which changed from rain to snow over the course of the session. He managed a 48.262s lap, more than half a second slower than the fastest lap set during the earlier qualifying session.

Despite this, it was enough to keep him top of the order, as the next quickest driver, Aurelien Panis, could only get within 0.3s of Dubourg’s lap.

Ehrlacher’s earlier performance puts him second on the grid ahead of Nico Prost, who was second quickest in qualifying and fourth in the Super Pole session.

Berthon, Panis, and Riviere complete the Super Final grid.

Outside the top sixth, Oliviere Pernaut was the quickest man to miss out on a spot in the Super Pole. He takes seventh, ahead of Franck Lagorce and Christophe Ferrier. An off in the second qualifying session meant Enzo Ide was unable to complete the session, but his Q1 performance was enough to put him P10.

Image courtesy of Bruno Bade

Bethonie Waring

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