SMOLYAR SHINES IN NAVARRA DAY 2

October 16, 2017

The last day of competition in Navarra started on a cloudy and dazzling Sunday morning. The fifteen drivers headed for the first session of the day as the weather was still uncertain, but the whole field still mounted slick Hankook tires.

Qualifying 2
Straight from the start, Russian Alexander Smolyar showed that yesterday’s qualifying was not his normal performance. SMP Racing driver light up full purple sectors on each and every lap, leaving very little chances to the others to fight for Race 3 pole position. On the penultimate lap, thanks to a 1.39.579 time, Alexander Smolyar snatched Race 3 pole position while Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) took P2 with a 0.383 gap to the top, while Bent Viscaal (MP Motorsport) set the third fastest time of the session.

Tuomas Haapalainen (SMP Racing) took P4 while Nazim Azman managed a very good P5. Russian Nikita Volegov (SMP Racing) set the sixth fastest time while the two other MP Motorsport cars, Marta Garcia and Lukas Dunner, qualified P7 and P8. The Spaniard Guillem Pujeu finished holding onto P9 while the top ten was completed with Ivan Berets (Drivex School). The ten first drivers were within a second to the top.

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Race 2
The short race of the weekend started with Guillem Pujeu (FA Racing) sitting on pole position, thanks to his second best time in Q1. He was followed by Alexander Smolyar and Christian Lundgaard for top 3.

Guillem Pujeu got a decent start, but could not defend from the massive attack from Alexander Smolyar in T1. The Russian had the upper hand on the fight. Lukas Dunner had a good start and overtook Tuomas Haapalainen for P5 while Sami-Matti Trogen went up from P17 to P10.

Mid-race, Christian Lundgaard got very close to Guillem Pujeu, with a 3 tenths gap, the fight was raging, but the Spaniard kept hsi cool and remained on his second spot.

As the Chequered flag was waived, Alexander Smolyar took Race 2 victory and bagged the 15 points, followed by Guillem Pujeu and Christian Lundgaard.

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Race 3
Alexander Smolyar was comfortably sitting in pole position and took a good start, followed by Christian Lundgaard and Bent Viscaal. However, Viscaal quickly took advantage of his teammate and ended the Race P2.

Nazim Azman who started P5 got down to P13, as Sami-Matti Trogen ended his race last due to incidents on track.

Alexander Smolyar, SMP Racing

“In Quali, I let some space to have as less traffic as possible and then just focused on having perfect laps. The car was amazing and I am very grateful. The rest of the day could not get better with the two victories. I can’t wait for the fight with Christian in Nogaro”

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