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Third fastest time for Thomas Biagi

The Vitaphone Racing Team MC12 driven by Thomas Biagi and Mika Salo will start from row two tomorrow thanks to the pair setting the third best time of (1’44”035).

This time was clocked by the Emilian driver on his second fast lap. Pole position was taken by the Corvette C6R with Deletraz/Hezemans (1’43”504) on board. Sharing the front row will be the Aston Martin DBR9 with the Wendlinger/Sharp duo (1’43”745) behind the wheel. The Playteam Sarafree MC12s occupy fifth and sixth spots courtesy of, respectively, Bertolini/Piccini (1’44”446) and Giannoccaro/Pierguidi (1’44”667). The Vitaphone Racing Team MC12 driven by Ramos/Montanari will line up in eighth (1’45”511).

The qualifying result does not dim the prospects for tomorrow's race, even though Bertolini/Piccini will have to mount a comeback. The pair will have to effect a drive through within the first five laps after the commissioners converted the thirty second time penalty inflicted at Zhuhai to a thirty second, limited speed passage through the pit lane. Last year the Trident cars performed splendidly as Bertolini/Bartels claimed the win. The duo also took the Tourist Trophy as Maserati was victorious at the Enlglish circuit for the first time. Macari/Aucott will take up the second berth in the Citation Cup.

ifth was claimed by Waaijenberg/Kutemann, both in JMB Racing MC12s. The race will get underway at 12.00 local time (13.00 in Italy) and will last two hours.