Casé first in the rain
The red flag came out with eight laps left after a few drivers went off the track, among them Stefano Gai. This left the door open for those looking to snatch pole and Casé showed he had what it took to seize his chance. With the rain dying down just a little, the conditions were right to edge ahead of the AF Corse crew, with Sbirrazzuoli in the driving seat, who had been dominating the session up until then (2’19”547).
Stefano Gai will line up in third after the Lombardy driver was forced to end his effort prematurely after a spectacular crash, one he fortunately walked away from. Gai, who had posted the top time in the first sector, then lost control of the car but will still start high up the grid (2’22”280).
Alongside him, with a time of 2’24”238, will be David Baldi; Baldi was the quickest driver in the final free practice session. In fifth is Manuel Villa (2’26”733), who was slowed by traffic on the track, as was Emanuele Smurra (2’27”737) who, despite this, continued the solid form shown in free practice. Olivier Doeblin (2’28”764), from the Scuderia Jolly Club, did brilliantly to take seventh and control his Trofeo in difficult conditions.
Closing out the top ten was surprise package Daniel Waszczinski (2’31”777), Nicolò Piancastelli (2’32”894) and Eugenio Mosca (2’37”004). The Automobilismo journalist, a guest driver, separated the top half of the pack from the drivers who opted not to make any mistakes and risk missing the second qualifying session. Among these were Gaetano Ardagna Perez and Andreas Segler.
Better weather is forecast for session two of qualifying.
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