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Maiden pole for Guerrieri

1 January 1901

Esteban Guerrieri has taken both his first – and Ultimate Signature's second - World Series by Renault pole position in qualifying at Le Mans.

The Argentine, who joined the series mid-season, had topped the timesheets once already this weekend, albeit in a wet free practice session. However, after team-mate Fabio Carbone led the way heading into Superpole, it was Guerrieri's turn to take over secure the top spot for the second race of the weekend.

He will start alongside championship leader Giedo van der Garde, who claimed his sixth front row start in seven attempts in the process.

A good session for Ultimate and Carlin Motorsport, Mikhail Aleshin will start third, with Carbone fourth and Robert Wickens in fifth place, the latter desperate for a boost in fortunes after a terrible Nurburgring round.

Having been constantly inside the top three in free practice, Charles Pic could only manage sixth fastest, although it does go a long way to consolidating his position as the top rookie in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, the front row for the first race will comprise of Nurburgring winner Miguel Molina and James Walker, the Brit starting alongside him in the Fortec car for his best starting position of the season.

Just missing out on the reverse grid pole position was Molina's Prema team-mate Alvaro Barba, who in turn edged out his younger brother Marco in the Draco car. Frenchman Alexandre Marsoin will start 11th, ahead of Interwetten's Pablo Sanchez.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for some high-profile names, including Julien Jousse, Bertrand Baguette, Salvador Duran and Marco Bonanomi, who will start 20th, 16th, 15th and 13th respectively. Jousse, who is van der Garde's closest title contender, managed to lose his best time after causing a red flag in the early stages of the session.


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