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F3: Maloney grabs maiden series pole at drying Imola

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Trident Motorsport’s Zane Maloney claimed his maiden Formula 3 pole position during a frantic conclusion to Qualifying at Imola on Friday.

On a circuit that was rapidly drying, Maloney vaulted to the front of the pecking order with a time of 1m 41.180s to register a lap that would not be beaten. It marked the 18 year old’s first pole position in the championship in only his second event.

Roman Stanek slotted into second, 0.107s behind, to make it a one-two result for Trident on home soil.

PREMA’s Jak Crawford leapt into third place with a last-gap lap, inching just 0.001s clear of Saucy, while Oliver Bearman captured fifth, leaving championship leader Victor Martins in sixth.

Isack Hadjar took seventh, with Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan eighth, as MP Motorsport duo Caio Collet and Kush Maini rounded out the top 10 positions.

Qualifying determined the starting order for Sunday’s Feature Race, but Saturday’s Sprint Race line-up is dictated by the top 12 being reversed.

That means the front-row of the grid for the Sprint Race will consist of Franco Colapinto and Ido Cohen, who qualified 12th and 11th respectively.

Formula 3’s Sprint Race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 1035 local time.

For more on FIA Formula 2, visit the official FIA F2 website. For more on FIA Formula 3, visit the official FIA F3 website.

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