Q3: Pre race favourite Yannick Aigoin put together a solid run in Q3 to take the overall TQ infront of Spaniard and fellow ProCircuit runner Robert Batlle, going into Q3 Robert held provisional TQ, however a change of setup didn’t work out for him in Q3 as he had problems with steering and handling, up to that point a very positive and strong debut. The headlines must go to nVision for putting 5 engines in the top 10 – first race for the ‘nV’ and not an easy one either, also kudos to ProCircuit for their 1,2. Reno Savoya ended up 7th – lower than he usually places but its his first European outing with the Durango. Going into Q3, much of the left side of the track had blue grooved as rubber was laid down and baked in, temps aren’t warm in the shade nor the track, but the sun has been up all day.
Results: Qualifying results, Final setup
Parts of the track are showing heavy blue groove conditions, See here, track is likely to be at its fastest at the end of Q3, at the moment the overall TQ is between Batlle and Yannick Aigoin with Robert having the advantage of already having a strong 2nd result.
Q2 Update: Q1 TQ Yannick Aigoin had a poor round by his standards and that saw new Mugen recruit Robert Batlle assume the 1st position, he now has 398 points -> 2 points from a perfect score.
Overall standings after Q2
Sun is coming out in Montpellier after a slightly chilly start, ProCircuit’s Square Impact appears to be the tyre of choice. Last year’s winner Yannick got off to a good start by TQ’ing Rd 1. The track started out pretty slick in the morning but as temps rise its getting a bit dustier and a small blue groove is appearing. Tyre compound of choice is super soft, although Reno Savoya ran M3 Revolvers – we spoke to Reno who explained he has a limited tyre choice at the event due to a snow storm delaying the delivery of some tyres.
Photos from today, Track Panoramas Q1 Top 71: 1-33rd, 34-71