Jeroen Bleekemolen claims pole position for the Brno feature race is sweeter than his maiden top spot for Team Netherlands at Beijing last season after breaking the deadlock South Africa have had on proceedings so far this year.

Ending South Africa's three straight pole positions, Bleekemolen was having to battle back from spinning in qualifying for the sprint race, but managed to do so by lowering his best time with his final lap of the day.

The second time the former DTM driver has secured a pole position, his previous top spot was claimed by virtue of qualifying being cancelled in China.

As such, he admits this pole position in the Czech Republic means more to him than the previous one, even if that did result in him going on to record a lights-to-flag victory.

"I am really happy," he said. 'We took one pole position before but that wasn't the real qualifying although we were on the pace that weekend so we sure had a shot at pole, but you don't know how it would have turned out. I am really happy to do it this time and I think also for the race this looks really good as we have been on the pace all weekend."

Bleekemolen also explained that the reason why he spun during the sprint race qualification was due to not placing new tyres on his car, something that would benefit him in the second session.

"Most of the teams took two new sets of tyres for the Sprint qualifying and we didn't and that's also why we went off. I tried to push very hard and then I lost it coming on to the straight. We were second up to that point and we lost a few positions so that was a shame."

 

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