Barcelona Heat, Qualifying: Team Virage and ANS Motorsport on pole position

The first two qualifying sessions of the 2024 Ligier European Series season were run this afternoon under blue-clear skies in Barcelona. In the JS P4 category, Team Virage was the fastest team, taking pole position for races 1 and 2 with the #66 and #1 JS P4s. In the JS2 R category, ANS Motorsport and Clément Moreno took pole position in race 1 and 2.  

Barcelona Heat 2024 - Q - Team Virage #66 - WP

JS P4: Team Virage secures first two pole positions of the season

Jeronimo Berrio, driving the #66 Ligier JS P4, dominated the opening session from start to finish to claim his maiden pole position in the Ligier European Series with a lap of 1:43.139s. The #7 of Inter Europol Competition driven by Romain Favre was next best in second place. The #1 of Team Virage and Haydn Chance completed the top 3.

The second qualifying session had an air of déjà vu for the Polish team, but this time with another of its entries, the #1 Ligier JS P4, driven by Theo Micouris, who topped the session. The young Briton also claimed his first pole position in the Ligier European Series with a lap of 1:42.621s. Just behind him, his #66 team-mate Pedro Moreno was second with a time of 1:42.800s, followed by the #77 from RLR MSport driven by Ian Aguilera.

In the AM classification, Yuki Tanaka, driving the #16 Pegasus, was first in both sessions as well as the #32 of Team Virage, Lucas Medina and Alim Geshev in the PRO- AM classification.

Jeronimo Berrio, Team Virage, Ligier JS P4 #66, pole position, race 1:

« It was a pretty fun session, I enjoyed it a lot as it was my first time in qualifying in Ligier European Series. As I come from the single-seater world, being with a teammate is different but it was amazing. The track and the team were great, we worked a lot on and off track to have the best car as possible. Thank you all for the support and now we focus on tomorrow!”. 

Theo Micouris, Team Virage, Ligier JS P4 #1, pole position, race 2:

“I got a good lap in at the start when the tyres were fresh which was a good plan as they were heating up a bit toward the end. I also got a bit of traffic in the end which stopped me on a couple of good runs which could have improved slightly further but it’s good to be on pole especially on my first qualifying session in the series.”

JS2 R: First pole positions of the season for ANS Motorsport

Qualifying session one featured a great battle between Cindy Gudet in the #53 M Racing entry and Clément Moreno in the #31 of ANS Motorsport. It all came down to the final lap when Clément Moreno seized the advantage. He won pole position for race 1 with a lap of 1:50.994s in the overall and AM classification.

The battle was then even fiercer for the #31 and #53 during the second qualifying session. After a 15-minutes duel, Cindy Gudet went off track costing her the pole position that went to Clément Moreno with its #31 JS2 R in the general and AM classification.

Jacques Nicolet and Sita Vanmeert will start tomorrow at the front of the PRO-AM standings for both races.

Clément Moreno, ANS Motorsport, JS2 R #31, pole position, race 1:

“It was a good session; I’m glad we managed to put FP1, FP2, and qualifying together, which is positive. We ran well and didn’t make any mistakes, so for a first go, I’m pleased.”

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