Pier Guidi storms to pole for Race 1
The driver from Tortona set a time of 1:33.495. In second will be Swede Peter Sundberg, the series leader, with 1:34.240 and Evo journalist, Richard Meaden (1:34.963). Fourth went to Venezuelan Gaetano Ardagna (1:35.505), as he made progress from yesterday.
Row 3 will be taken up by surprise of the weekend so far, Englishman Pat Blakeney (1:35.545). The other spot goes to Paolo Necchi (1:35.597) who matched his free practice performances.
Marco Petrini (1:35.983) is seventh, flanked by Leonardo Maddalena (1:36.286). Emanuele Smurra (1:36.481) and English journalist Roeger Green (1:36.769), making his debut in a competition car, round off the top ten. Behind Green is Roberto Giordanelli (1:37.455) and Andreas Segler (1:37.503). The German just beat off Francesco La Mazza (1:38.506), Massimo Larciprete (1:48.859) and Marcel Pawlicek (1:51.619), who, by the way, ran off the track during his run.
Pier Guidi out on his own in Qualifying 2
Hot on the heels of snatching pole for Race 1, Pier Guidi doubled up by when he also dominated session 2 of qualifying. The Italian set a time of 1:33.297 after a stint of just five laps. This contrasted with the eleven it took Richard Meaden to secure second with 1:34.628. The Evo journalist traded on his inside knowledge of the track to get the better of a Pat Blakeney (1:34.713) who was not afraid to take risks to keep pace with the leaders. Alongside the Englishman on the grid will be Paolo Necchi who posted 1:34.900. The director of MotorMedia magazine saw his best lap time, which would have been good enough for second, cancelled for having run off the track.
Ardagna Perez (1:34.951) and Nicolò Piancastelli (1:35.280) are on row 3. The Venezuelan, even though he improved on his time from session 1, couldn’t take fourth spot. Nicolò Piancastelli was even more disappointed; big things were expected after he finished third in session one of free practice. The Trofeo’s youngest competitor has to be content with sixth despite bettering his lap time by five tenths. Still, it was an interesting result, especially ahead of tomorrow’s main event.
Roberto Sperati (1:35.985) and Roberto Giordanelli (1:36.093) are in ninth and tenth. Their lap times are not far off the leaders’ meaning that they could be in with a shout come race time.
Roeger Green (1:36.190) and Andreas Segler (1:36.922) are in eleventh and twelfth, respectively. Just behind them is Steven Goldstein who struggled to match the form shown in free practice. Still, the Panama driver qualified his GranTurismo MC Trofeo in front of Marcel Pawlicek and Massimo Larciprete.
All change on the starting grid after qualifying
Race commissioners decided to take action after certain drivers set their fastest laps while the yellow flag was being flown and because others asked for new tyres. The rules state that drivers have the right to switch tyres but the car is then relegated to the back of the grid.
For Race 1, Richard Meaden, Massimo Larciprete, Francesco La Mazza, Paolo Necchi and Ardagna Perez have all been relegated down the field. The Evo journalist was penalised for not respecting the yellow flag and so will line up in fourth. Larciprete will still be propping up the field after being hit with the same penalty. La Mazza is now in fourteenth, Necchi eighth and Ardagna Perez in sixth, just behind Marco Petrini.
The starting grid for Race 2 also has a new look after Piancastelli, Green, Moncada and Goldstein all asked for new tyres. They will line up in twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth, respectively.
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