With 59 riders lining up for the first European Talent Cup race of the weekend, qualifying was Split into two groups.
After some thrilling qualifying and some controversy the front row of the grids will be: Jose Antonio Rueda Ruiz (Talent Team Estrella Galicia) on pole. He was the only rider to lap under 1:50. Alongside him on row one will be Fenton Seabright (Wilson Racing). Completing row one is Izan Guevara (Cuna de Campeones).
ETC Qualifying Estoril 2019 Group A
Group A session one
Group A went out at 10:40 for their first forty-minute session. Early morning showers have left the riders with a wet track despite the sun coming out. Juan Rodriguez Hernández (Cuna de Campeones) led for most of the session laying down a time of 1:58.329 on his seventh lap of the circuit. Izan Guevara went second quickest from the same team. his time of 1:58.731 put him 0.402 behind his teammate. A lap time of 1:59.057 put Ivan Ortola Diez (Sama Global Angel Nieto team) in
Group A session two
In the second
Jack Hart represented British Team Wilson Racing in the first qualifying group. His best lap time from the two qualifying periods of 1:53.425 placed him 20th in his group overall.
ETC Qualifying Estoril 2019 Group B
Group B session One
The track began to dry for the first qualifying session of the second group. As a result, as the session went on the times began to drop notably. Bester Capital Dubai rider Fermin Aldeguer had led the second group in qualifying for a long time. However, as the flag came out to signal the end of the forty minute qualifying period it was the Brazilian Diogo Moreira who was quickest. The Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders put in a series of successive ever faster laps at the end of the session. His best time of 1:52.865 was a huge 1.543 seconds better than anyone else.
Second quickest was Keifer Racing’s Dirk Geiger with a 1:54.406 and he was followed by ARO Racing rider Alex Millán. The number 23 of Millán finished +1.782 behind Moreira.
Fenton Seabright (Wilson Racing) was a superb fifth fastest. he clocked a 1:55.192. This put him just ahead of 12-year-old Spanish talent David Alonso (Angel Nieto Team) in 6th. Seabright’s fellow British rider Joshua Whatley (KRP) ended the session in ninth and a lap time of 1:56.020.
Group B session two
In a blustery and cold second qualify
With five minutes remaining Seabright and Geiger came out of the pits to try and take the top spot. Seabright had dropped to sixth whilst off the circuit. Garcia had gone back to the top with a 1:50.202 and looked like he might be on to beat that on his final lap. He lost out towards the end of the lap. Seabright pushed hard as the chequered flag came out and came within 0.061 seconds of taking
Álex Millán, a former ETC race winner, ended Q2 in fourth place 0.596 behind the group winner. He will line up fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Josh Whatley also made a late pit stop and went on to finish 12th in the group. Whatley starts from 21st on the grid.
Luca De Vleeschauwer, riding with the help of Stuart Nicholls and Nykos Racing will race in the series 2 race. He, unfortunately, crashed in the second session of group A qualifying on a damp patch when all the riders were able to improve their times.
Jenny Ruokolainen from Finland and the sole female competitor ended her two qualifying sessions in 21st place, registering a lap time of 1:53.891. Dutch rider Justin Fokkert was 25th with a time of 1:56.254.