Thanks to his 1’53”508, the Veneto-based driver managed to stay ahead of Renaud Kuppens (Konvex Racing), who finished 0.415 down. Ragazzi had held top stop for the entire session before putting in a special lap right at the end. His performance saw him secure pole position for tomorrow’s 9.30 race.
Behind the top two came Riccardo Romagnoli and Giorgio Sernagiotto; the two are first and second overall. Romagnoli had contested the front row spot with Belgian Kuppens (1’53”923) but missed out by 0.024.
Max Pigoli (1’55”009) will start from fifth; Pigoli had used free practice to get to know the car and turned in a sound display when it really mattered. Alongside him on the grid will be Richard Denny whose 1’55”217 was a decent effort.
Alessandro Chionna came in seventh and Stefano Garelli, 1”801 off pole, was up next. Row five is all-Swiss with Fabio Venier and Davide Durante split by just .452. Tucked in behind is the Moroccan, El Marnissi, and Konvex Racing’s Belgian driver, Waszczinski, who is starring here.
Dutchman Martin Bakker is thirteenth on the grid and will be flanked by Autosprint’s director, Marcello Sabbatini, in the Bowers & Wilkins VIP Car.
Things were as tight down the pack as they were up front with five drivers within eight tenths of each other, from 15th-placed Tadlaoui and Segler (in 19th) with Herpell, Sbai and Forster the meat in the sandwich.
Occupying the remaining grid slots will be De Leener, Nielsen, Rasmussen, Pawlicek, Nicolucci and Csiszer.
Once again pole came down to the final few seconds. This time things were decided by the red flag that came out with just four minutes of the session left to run. With the time ticking away, Simoni, from Ferrara, was in top spot but was powerless as Monaco-based Sbirrazzuoli posted a lap of 1’53”520. Simoni was also bettered by Luca Lorenzini, in the Bowers & Wilkins VIP Car, whose 1’53”924 outdid him by 80 thousandths.
This means that Simoni will start on row two alongside Renaud Kuppens (Konvex Racing, 1’54”380), who put in a fighting display. Behind them will be Stefano Garelli (1’54”806) and Andrea Gardelli (1’55”345) as they both continued the form shown in free practice.
Enrico Varini, from San Marino, and Andrea Dromedari (Swiss Team) sit in row four with Moroccan driver El Marnissi and Giuseppe Fascicolo in the final top ten slots. Fascicolo had a slight problem and only had time to cover one lap.
Australian Richard Denny, driving on a UK licence, will have Andreas Segler next to him on the grid. Next up is the Moroccan Tadlaoui and Roberto Sorti. Bringing up the rear are Herpell, Waszczinski, Forster, Sbai, De Leener, Nielsen and Rasmussen.