Oliver Goethe (Motopark)continues to be the ‘Roi de Pau’. The Dane has claimed pole position for the 79th Grand Prix de Pau, in spite of challenges from Vladislav Lomko and Christian Mansell of CryptoTower Racing.
It was the final flying lap of the session that secured pole for Goethe; a 1:09.174 proving to be enough by less than half a tenth. Lomko, who followed Goethe on the road during the final runs, crossed the line to take the flag seconds later. His 1:09.223 was good enough to start second in the historic main event this afternoon.
Christian Mansell - who starts third courtesy of a 1:09.709 - was one of many drivers who may have lost a chance at a flying lap because of yellow flags at turn 2. Frederick Lubin (Motopark) pushed too hard into the corner known as La Gare, and ended up going nose first into the tyre wall. Thankfully, the Brit emerged unharmed, and the ever-swift Pau marshals quickly craned the stricken car with three minutes left in the session.
Lubin set a time fast enough for seventh on the grid, but this will become tenth for the race start owing to a three-place grid penalty, a legacy of his contact with Nicolas Pino yesterday. Pino (Drivex) will start the race fifth, just behind Josh Mason, who rounds out the second row of the grid for CryptoTower. For Pino, in constant progress, is the best qualifying so far this season.
Romanian racer Filip Ugran rounds out the top six for Van Amersfoort Racing.
After conquering the third pole of the season, Goethe commented: “This one has been closest than ever, I enjoyed the battle. Now, let’s round the job in the big race. I really love this track and the event itself, with so many people and this atmosphere, is really unique.”
The 79th edition of the Grand Prix de Pau is set to start at 15:15 CEST.