Pier Guidi, again uncatchable in Q2
The reigning world FIA GT champion could do no better than 1'42"757, a time 13 thousandths up on Nicolò Piancastelli. Once more the young driver from Romagna was the quickest competing in the series as he beat Manuel Villa (1'43"631) by nearly a second. Also, Piancastelli covered just four laps compared to his rival's eight.
The driver from Albenga managed to classify his Trofeo in fourth overall, followed by a pack bunched within three tenths of each other: David Baldi (1'43"862), Gaetano Ardagna (1'43"924) and Emanuele Smurra (1'43"994). Tomorrow's race promises to be intense with changes in the overall standings likely. Completing the virtual fourth row is Alessandro Chionna (AF Corse, 1'45"219, the first of the Team drivers). Next up is Massimo Arduini and Faustino Riveroll, who both improved on the first qualifying stint.
Davide Durante and Olivier Doeblin continued the battle between Swiss Team and Scuderia Jolly Club that we also expect to see acted out in the race. Andreas Segler and Guenther Forster filled the remaining slots and will have to make a comeback. Daniel Waszczinski again opted not to take part.
Pier Guidi takes the first duel with Bertolini
Coming out on top was Alessandro Pier Guidi in a time of 1'41"758, less than two tenths faster than the driver from Sassuolo (1'41"901). The lap put in by Pier Guidi, from Tortona, was a decent one and was good enough for eleventh overall on the starting grid for the Italian GT championship.
The two who topped the timesheet are here as guests and so will not collect any points. They beat off the challenge of the usual group who lead the Trofeo, this time round led by an in-form Nicolò Piancastelli. The young driver from Romagna has not given up hope of taking the title and his lap time of 1'42"338 proved it. The lap secured him third spot on the Trofeo grid (thirteenth overall). Piancastelli just bettered Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (AF Corse, the fastest Team driver, 1'42"718) as well as his title rivals Gaetano Ardagna - second overall - and David Baldi. The Venezuelan, fifth in 1'43"292, beat a returning Manuel Villa by 19 thousandths and David Baldi by less than two tenths.
Emanuele Smurra was another driver who put in a solid performance on what is his home track. The first ever single-make Maserati champion stopped the clock at 1'43"758. Behind him came Grassi and Doeblin who battled it out for their respective squads: Swiss Team and Scuderia Jolly Club. A little further back came Riveroll and Segler, who took the eleventh and twelfth grid spots. Just behind them came De Giovanni (whose session ended early when he ran off the track) and Forster. Daniel Waszczinski did not take part.
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