Paul Ricard - FRA

Renaud Kuppens

Qualifying 2 cancelled

A fog bank that settled over the Paul Ricard circuit forced the cancellation of the second qualifying session, scheduled for early afternoon. The decision to call off the session was taken by officials after pushing back its start time and that of the other categories competing this weekend.

For the record, the grid order for races 2 and 3 will be based on the times set in Qualifying 1: Renaud Kuppens will head both starts tomorrow.

For the moment, Race 1 will go ahead as planned but the start could be delayed or postponed because of the weather that shows no signs of improving. 

Kuppens storms through the rain

Renaud Kuppen's domination was absolute in qualifying in pole position in for this afternoon's opening race.

The difficult conditions, which saw the track action pushed back, did not faze the reigning champion as he was clearly superior to the other drivers. Early on Kuppens was tagged by Venier but then stepped on the gas to set a lap of 2:34.998.

Alongside him will be Alan Simoni who edged out Alberto Cola right at the end; Cola had, for a time, been the fastest driver on the circuit but the Brianza-based driver was also outdone (by two tenths) by Niki Cadei right at the death.

The drivers opted not to take any risks on the slippery French surface and the race for pole only came alive in the final five minutes. Behind the front four came Romagnoli, Venier, Russian journalist Akhtyamov, Adrien De Leener, debutant Bocellari and Dutchman Bakker.

Felipe Merjech finished up in eleventh after occupying a spot in the top five for much of the session. He beat the expert Cesari, another driver making his debut in the Trofeo. On row seven will be Mac and Zanini, just up on Nielsen and Silva.

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