Teppei Natori took his second Euroformula Open pole in the final qualifying session of the season at Monza Eni Circuit, marking the end of an era for the Dallara F317.
The Carlin driver made the most of a tow to set a 1m42.629s lap, putting him 0.075 seconds clear of Motopark’s rookie title contender Liam Lawson. A further tenth back was Lawson’s team-mate Marino Sato, who was fastest at the beginning of the session and looked quick throughout.
Christian Hahn made it two Carln drivers in the top four in fourth place, ahead of Double R Racing’s Jack Doohan. Initially outqualifying both was race one poleman and Lawson’s rookie title rival Linus Lundqvist, but the Double R driver had his best time removed for track limits abuse and sent down to 15th place.
Billy Monger and Nicolai Kjaergaard were sixth and seventh for Carlin, beating Teo Martín Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner. The Austrian is also locked in a fight with Lawson, for second in the overall standings, and is pursuing his first Euroformula win in the final race of the year.
Motopark duo Cameron Das and Yuki Tsunoda completed the top 10, and were the last drivers within a second of Natori’s pole time.
Calan Williams was denied a starting spot at the front after having his best laptime deleted, leaving him 11th on the grid. Championship debutant Kyle Kirkwood had a quiet session on the way to 12th for RP Motorsport, with Drivex School duo Filip Kaminiarz and Rui Andrade filling the row behind him.
Ido Cohen (Carlin), Lorenzo Ferrari (RP Motorsport) and Niklas Krutten (Motopark) all had laps deleted for track limits abuse and will start behind Lundqvist. As in the first qualifying session of the weekend, several drivers were handed stop-go penalties for going excessively slow in the pursuit of a tow.