F2: Hauger outlasts Duerksen to seal pole position in Spielberg

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 28: Pole position qualifier Dennis Hauger of Norway and MP Motorsport

Dennis Hauger claimed pole position at a tense Spielberg Qualifying as the MP Motorsport driver outlasted AIX Racing’s Joshua Duerksen to seal top spot at the Red Bull Ring.

Hauger completed a lap of 1:15.487 to put him on provisional pole with Duerksen going to within 0.008s on the Norwegian’s time, before settling for P2.

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It gives Hauger his second pole of the campaign, while Duerksen scores his best Qualifying result of the season, and the pair will line up ahead of Invicta Racing’s McLaren-backed Gabriel Bortoleto in third.

MP enjoyed a strong day as their Williams Academy driver Franco Colapinto qualified in fourth ahead of Championship leader Paul Aron. The Hitech Pulse-Eight had been in the fight for pole but spun on his final lap and is set to start the Feature Race from fifth.

Taylor Barnard continued an impressive AIX showing by qualifying in sixth, while Campos Racing’s Isack Hadjar, who had been on provisional pole but was forced to retire with an issue, is seventh ahead of teammate Josep María Martí.

PREMA Racing’s Oliver Bearman qualified in ninth just ahead of Invicta Racing’s Kush Maini in P10, who is set to start on reverse grid pole in the Sprint Race for the second round in a row.

The Sprint Race is set to get underway at 13:30 local time tomorrow and for an in-depth report of the FIA Formula 2 Qualifying session from Spielberg, visit the official website here.

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