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Kuppens the lone ranger

Renaud Kuppens secured pole position in Qualifying 2, posting a lap that was a little off his first effort: 1:40.348.

Still, the ending to the story was the same with the Belgian being flanked once more by his closest rival, Denmark's Mikkel Mac (1:40.552). It is clear that Mac has not yet thrown in the championship towel. Here he put in a number of quick laps but fell just short of top spot. Third place on the grid went to Alan Simoni (1:40.580); he will be alongside Trofeo first-timer Tyler McQuarrie. The American's local track knowledge was enough to give him the edge over Andrea Cecchellero, who held second for a long time, and Ange Barde.


Andrea Gardelli will line up in seventh as he made up for his partner, Venier's, earlier display. Gardelli will have Swiss Team's Mauro Calamia for company, another driver who disappointed in Qualifying 1, Calamia, got the better of a consistent Adrien De Leener, Mathjis Bakker and Patrick Gobbo. Canadian Damon Ockey took twelfth with Per Nielsen, Ryan Ockey and Javier Ibran up next.

Kuppens in a photo finish

Renaud Kuppens seized pole position in Qualifying 1 thanks to a time of 1:40.103.

The Belgian waited until the end of the session before snatching back first spot from Sbirrazzuoli and Mac. The Dane seemed to have set an unmatchable lap time (1:40.473) but Kuppens dug deep to hit back. Sbirrazzuoli limited the gap to five tenths and should be pleased with a place on row two alongside Frenchman Ange Barde. Barde's qualifying session was a big improvement on his free practice display as he outdid Alberto Cola and Jeff Westphal, who occupy row three. Behind them Adrien De Leener, after posting a fine lap, will have to contend with Riccardo Ragazzi while Canadian Damon Ockey and Harry Cheung, from the USA, share row five.


Things didn't turn out so well for two potential contenders in Venier and Calamia. Venier, partnering Gardelli, could do no better than eleventh spot while Calamia came home fourteenth, behind Giuseppe Fascicolo and Mauro Cesari, after being dogged with a series of mechanical hitches.

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