The heavy rain did not stop the AF Corse driver from Monaco from posting 2'55"238, a time almost a second and a half quicker than Manuel Villa, who again made the front row.
Villa, from Albenga, secured second place without ever appearing to be driving on the limit. Overall leader David Baldi will be in third, a result that came after he improved lap on lap. His performance was even more important as he starts ahead of his title rival Nicolò Piancastelli.
On row three is Gaetano Ardagna and Kris Wauters, with Dutchman Mathijs Bakker and Swiss driver Andrina Gugger behind them. This bunch, along with Leonardo Maddalena, will be exciting to watch tomorrow as they set similar lap times. Tenth on the grid is Guy Fawe, who put on an efficient display. The Belgian got the better of Daniel Waszczinski, from Konvex motor sport, and by Anita Toth. The fascinating Hungarian raced as well as she has done this season but her session came to a premature end after she ran off the track at Eau Rouge.
Just five thousandths down on Toth is Andreas Segler. The German will start ahead of a group of four drivers whose times were close together and who bring up the rear: Adrien De Leener, Bela Csiszer, Carlo Romani and Guenther Forster.
As the rain came down, the young Dutchman put in a lap of 2’51”122, a time that the others couldn’t match. Catsburg drove flawlessly and took risks in qualifying that the drivers going for the title preferred to leave for the main event. The outlook for the race is for brighter weather.
The weather was the reason for the time gaps between the drivers: alongside Catsburg will be Manuel Villa, a driver whose rallying background made it easier for him to cope in low-grip conditions. On the second row is Nicolò Piancastelli and Gaetano Ardagna. The two are tucked in behind Baldi in the overall standings and will be looking to collect precious points as a springboard to mount a title bid.
Baldi came in fifth and did well on a track he is competing on for the first time. Andrina Gugger, the young Swiss driver, will be next to him on the grid as she edged out a driver who knows the track very well: Kris Wauters. The leader of the band Closeau finished seventh. This put him ahead of Belgian Raf Vleugels, making his Trofeo debut, and Leonardo Maddalena, returning to a Maserati after competing last year. In tenth spot (and the leading Team driver) was Alessandro Chionna from AF Corse.
Row six is occupied by Andreas Segler and Daniel Waszczinski; Waszczinski made it back into the car after yesterday’s problems and drove steadily. Next up are Adrien de Leener and Carlo Romani, thirteenth and fourteenth, respectively. Behind them come Anita Toth and Guenther Forster, just up on Bela Csiszer.