First row for Maserati in qualifying at Monza
The driver from San Marino, who came third in qualifying at Bucarest, continued his fine form to stop the clock at 1’45”464. This time he was just one thousandth down on Peter Kox, in second. Some hours after the end of the qualifying session, all the times obtained by the Lamborghini n°8 was cancelled because the car was not complying with Appendix J (art 2188.8.131.52). For this reason, Montanari will start tomorrow from the second place.
The Vitaphone Racing Team driver was very pleased with the performance of the MC12 in a qualifying display that mirrored the fast pace shown in free practice. Alongside him will be Alessandro Pier Guidi, who qualified in a time four tenths down on Montanari (1’45”509) despite being held up by traffic whenever he tried to run his fast lap. The young Playteam Sarafree driver revealed that he was satisfied with the overall balance of the MC12 and the consistency of the Pirellli tyres. Thomas Biagi set the sixth fastest time (1’45”738), some 793 thousandths off the pace of Karl Wendlinger in pole. The session was a hard-fought one with just a second separating the top ten drivers. The Emilian will again be flanked by Michael Bartels and will be out to put some useful points on the board seeing as the current overall leaders, Bouchut/Mucke will start from the back of the grid because the car was pushed by the mechanics in the Parc Fermé after the end of the qualifying session. Andrea Piccini set a time 830 thousandths off pole (1’45”775) that was good enough for eighth position on the grid.
The driver from Sansepolcro managed to place his MC12 among the fastest ten cars despite having an extra 70kg of ballast on board. In the afternoon all eyes were on his team mate, Andrea Bertolini, as he picked up the Michele Alboreto award. The prize is given to Italian personalities who have contributed most to the world of motor-racing. In the Citation Cup, the third quickest time went to the JMB Racing MC12 driven by the Macari/Aucott duo (1’49”315) with the team's other MC12, driven by Waaijenberg/ Kutemann (1’53”251), in sixth. Pole went to Kessel/Casé.