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Luciano Bacheta secures Spa pole for race two

Sunday, June 24 2012

Luciano Bacheta bounced back from a disappointing race yesterday to secure pole for today's (Sunday) second Formula Two race at Spa.

The 22-year-old Brit waited for a clear track midway through the session to set a best time of 2:03.925s to clinch his second pole of the season. He was followed closely home - just 0.166s - by round seven winner Markus Pommer with Alex Fontana taking third for today's race which gets underway at 14:15 (local time).

Conditions remained dry but overcast for the 30-minute session with the prospect of rain forecast for today's race. Pommer, Vittorio Ghirelli and Mihai Marinescu all looked possible pole contenders during the early part of the session while five drivers, including Bacheta, Mathéo Tuscher and Christopher Zanella, were opting to remain in the pits - taking to the clear track as many of the field pitted for fresh rubber.

Tuscher's first flying lap was good enough for P1 but it was Zanella heading the timesheets at the halfway point and a potential all Swiss front row. Bacheta soon interrupted any chances of that though to go top and the first driver to break into the 2:03s - a lap which would remain unbeaten.

A spin by Marinescu at Turn 12 then saw the session red flagged with nine minutes remaining on the clock and several front running drivers still yet to set a competitive lap time. There was a race to get back out as the green flags were waved with Pommer and Fontana getting closest to Bacheta's best with Kevin Mirocha, who also endured a luckless race yesterday, securing fourth.

Ghirelli continues to impress on his maiden F2 weekend with P5 with Zanella sixth and Daniel McKenzie, who picked up his first podium yesterday, in seventh. Zimbabwean driver Axcil Jefferies secured a promising eighth place on the grid with Hector Hurst ninth and Parthiva Sureshwaren completing the top 10. After his spin at Turn12, Marinescu will start from P13 while Tuscher dropped right down to P11.

Speaking afterwards Bacheta said: "We were kind of forced into our qualifying strategy due to the crash in yesterday's race we had to do installation laps. I had a good feeling in the car so myself and engineer decided just to go out straight away in the rhythm and it paid off. I was focused on nailing certain corners but in the process I got others slightly wrong so I know there's more pace to come from me. It was still a fairly clean lap when the tyres were at their best."

Today's second race gets underway at 14:15 (local time) with full coverage on the F2 website.

F2 Results: Spa - Qualifying 2:

1. Luciano Bacheta, 2:03.925s
2. Markus Pommer, +0.166s
3. Alex Fontana, +0.278s 
4. Kevin Mirocha, +0.528s 
5. Vittorio Ghirelli, +0.660s
6. Christopher Zanella, +0.678s 
7. Daniel McKenzie, +1.031s
8. Axcil Jefferies, +1.358s 
9. Hector Hurst, +1.517s 
10. Parthiva Sureshwaren, +1.523s
11. Mathéo Tuscher, +1.567s
12. Dino Zamparelli, +1.661s
13. Mihai Marinescu, +1.763s
14. Plamen Kralev, +2.075s 
15. Max Snegirev, +2.118s
16. Mauro Calamia, +2.213s
17. David Zhu, +2.356s
18. Kourosh Khani, +2.444s