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Monza F2: Markus Pommer grabs pole for season finale

Markus Pommer, Monza, 2012Markus Pommer snatched pole for the final round of the 2012 FIA Formula 2 Championship with his last lap of the session at Monza.

The result was the 21-year-old German's fourth pole of the season.

With the entire field switching to new slicks in the final 10 minutes, qualifying turned into a shootout with the times constantly shuffling.

Eventually it was Christopher Zanella who took second, with Kevin Mirocha once more claiming third.

Title contenders Luciano Bacheta and Matheo Tuscher were evenly matched, as Tuscher just edged out Bacheta to take sixth, leaving the championship leader seventh.

With Tuscher having to win the race to stand any chance of claiming the title, Saturday's winner has a lot to do.

Dino Zamparelli once more showed great pace only to be disappointed with the end result - fourth position not reflecting his speed throughout the session.

F2 newcomer Harald Schlegelmilch shone once more with a superb fourth, the tricky conditions suiting the Latvian.

The session's only casualty was Plamen Kralev, who backed into the barrier at the Parabolica, fortunately without too much damage to his car.

Pos  Driver                Time       Gap
 1.  Markus Pommer         1m40.256s
 2.  Christopher Zanella   1m40.411s  + 0.155s
 3.  Kevin Mirocha         1m40.413s  + 0.157s
 4.  Alex Fontana          1m40.872s  + 0.616s
 5.  Harald Schlegelmilch  1m40.899s  + 0.643s
 6.  Matheo Tuscher        1m41.035s  + 0.779s
 7.  Luciano Bacheta       1m41.160s  + 0.904s
 8.  Dino Zamparelli       1m41.267s  + 1.011s
 9.  Daniel McKenzie       1m41.701s  + 1.445s
10.  Mihai Marinescu       1m42.044s  + 1.788s
11.  Axcil Jefferies       1m42.510s  + 2.254s
12.  Hector Hurst          1m42.666s  + 2.410s
13.  David Zhu             1m43.176s  + 2.920s
14.  Maxim Snegirev        1m43.301s  + 3.045s
15.  Plamen Kralev         1m45.938s  + 5.682s
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