Zolder - belgium

Alessandro Pier Guidi on the front row at Zolder

Alessandro Pier Guidi and Giambattista Giannoccaro will start from the front row tomorrow at Zolder.

A fast lap by Pier Guidi was enough to secure the pair a slot on row 1 for the final round of the FIA GT International championship. In the Playteam Sarafree MC12, the young Italian driver clocked the second best time (1’25”981) after having topped the timesheet in the afternoon’s free practice session.

Pier Guidi’s performance was partly due to the consistency of his Pirelli tyres. The MC12 driven by Thomas Biagi (1’26”724) was sixth fastest and earned him a place on the third row. Biagi will have to defend his five point Drivers’ championship lead from the chasing pack. Sure to feature among the front runners tomorrow will be Andrea Bertolini (1’27”169) and Andrea Piccini, eighth in the qualifying session. The Playteam Sarafree duo just edged out the second Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati, with Christian Montanari (1’27”204) on board, into ninth. The San Marino man, who had 85 kg of ballast on his car (equivalent to a second a lap), was slowed during his second fast lap because of traffic.

Montanari and his team mate, Ramos, are also five points off the overall leader in the Drivers’ standings. In the Citation Cup, Ben Aucott qualified his MC12 in second place (1’32”891) while Peter Kutemann came third (1’34”270). Tomorrow’s warm-up session is timed for 10.05 with the two-hour race due to start at 13.15. As usual in Italy, the event will be transmitted live on the Sky Sport 3 satellite channel.