Spa F3.5: Vaxiviere takes first pole of 2016 in red-flagged qualifying

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Spa F3.5: Vaxiviere takes first pole of 2016 in red-flagged qualifying
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Last year's championship runner-up Matthieu Vaxiviere scored his first pole of 2016 in the first Formula V8 3.5 qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Matthieu Vaxiviere, SMP Racing
Egor Orudzhev, Arden Motorsport
Egor Orudzhev, Arden Motorsport
thrid place Aurélien Panis, Arden Motorsport
Louis Deletraz, Fortec Motorsports

Egor Orudzhev led the way in the session's first stint, which ended prematurely due to Giuseppe Cipriani crashing at the Bus Stop.

The Russian continued sit at the top until the final five minutes, when he was dethroned by first Louis Deletraz and then Rene Binder.

SMP Racing's Vaxiviere then lowered the benchmark by half a second, his 1m58.226s effort enough to secure pole.

Arden teammates Aurelien Panis and Orudzhev took second and third with their respective final flyers, with Binder ending up fourth.

Championship leader Tom Dillmann was just six hundredths slower than Binder in fifth, the Frenchman followed by Louis Deletraz and Yu Kanamaru.

Sophomore driver Roy Nissany, RP's Johnny Cecotto and Force India test driver Alfonso Celis completed the top 10.

Qualifying results

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 1:58.226  
2 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 1:58.369 0.143
3 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1:58.505 0.279
4 Rene Binder Lotus 1:58.737 0.511
5 Tom Dillmann AVF 1:58.799 0.573
6 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1:58.924 0.698
7 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 1:59.047 0.821
8 Roy Nissany Lotus 1:59.097 0.871
9 Johnny Cecotto RP Motorsport 1:59.293 1.067
10 Alfonso Celis AVF 1:59.601 1.375
11 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 1:59.642 1.416
12 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 1:59.700 1.474
13 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 1:59.929 1.703
14 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 2:00.398 2.172
15 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 2:04.691 6.465
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