Formula E rookie Stoffel Vandoorne secured his first pole position in Formula E for this afternoon’s HKT Hong Kong ePrix.
Vandoorne took advantage of drying conditions and completed his flying lap in 1:11.580 around the tight 1.860km circuit during Super Pole qualifying.
Vandoorne’s pole gave HWA Race Lab the team’s best qualifying performance to date.
Both HWA Race Lab cars made it into Super Pole in the inclement weather conditions, with Gary Paffett comfortably making it into Super pole qualifying with a lap time of 1:12.093 during group qualifying.
Paffett subsequently lapped a 1:13.033, which will him start from 5th position.
The ever-changing weather made qualifying an extremely tricky affair, which included an intense but brief torrential downpour following the conclusion of group qualifying and before the start of Super Pole.
Also starting in the front row is Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland, whose qualifying time of 1:11.906 during super pole propelled him into second place.
Speaking after super pole qualifying, Vandoorne said preparation was key to securing a strong qualifying position for the ePrix.
“We’ve done a really good job preparing for this event,” said Vandoorne. “We are in the best position to start the race. I think with the rain we can’t predict what’s going to happen. We’ve done the job and that’s what counts today.”
Defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne brought out the red flag during the first group qualifying when he spun across the finish line and brushed the barriers towards the end of his qualifying lap.
The DS Techeetah driver was subsequently penalized and had his fastest lap time deleted for causing a red flag and he will start from 18th position.
Mahindra Racing endured a difficult qualifying session, with Pascal Wehrlein and current driver championship leader Jerome D’Ambrosio finishing group qualifying in 21st and 22nd position.
Venturi FE’s Edoardo Mortara, who also qualified in Group 1, was been given a 3 place grid penalty for speeding under red flag.
Image: HWA Race Lab
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