Vallelunga Superstars: Johan Kristoffersson heads Audi grid lock-out
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, October 6th 2012, 16:29 GMT|
Johan Kristoffersson will start Sunday's first International Superstars Series race at Vallelunga from pole position, as Audi continued to dominate in Rome.
It took the KMS Audi driver just seven minutes to set the tone of the half-hour qualifying session, his best of 1m40.039 enduring a 23-minute stint at the top to earn the Swede pole position.
The only genuine challenger was Audi Sport Italia's Gianni Morbidelli, but even the veteran could not topple Kristoffersson's time.
Morbidelli ultimately settled for second, more than three tenths adrift of pole.
Thomas Schoffler completed the Audi lock-out with third in the MTM entry, although his margin to the rest of the field was less comfortable.
A spirited battle for fourth between Tonio Liuzzi (CAAL Racing Mercedes) and Thomas Biagi (Dinamic BMW) saw the pair dip into the 1m40s bracket for the first time all weekend.
In the end Liuzzi took the second row spot, less than three hundredths behind Schoffler and exactly two tenths clear of Biagi.
Francesco Sini backed up his solid practice pace in the Solaris Chevrolet with the sixth fastest time, ahead of Dinamic BMW pairing Max Mugelli and Giovanni Berton.
Despite logging a maximum speed almost 20km/h faster than the polesitter, Camilo Zurcher (Romeo Ferraris Mercedes) could manage just ninth fastest, one place clear of guest driver Giancarlo Fisichella in the Swiss Team Maserati.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Johan Kristoffersson KMS Audi 1m40.039s 2. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m40.363s + 0.324s 3. Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 1m40.645s + 0.606s 4. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m40.670s + 0.631s 5. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m40.870s + 0.831s 6. Francesco Sini Polaris Chevrolet 1m40.977s + 0.938s 7. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m40.987s + 0.948s 8. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m41.275s + 1.236s 9. Camilo Zurcher Romeo Mercedes 1m41.398s + 1.359s 10. Giancarlo Fisichella Swiss Maserati 1m41.415s + 1.376s 11. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes 1m41.638s + 1.599s 12. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m41.699s + 1.660s 13. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 1m41.708s + 1.669s 14. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m41.943s + 1.904s 15. Domenico Ferlito Ferlito Jaguar 1m41.964s + 1.925s 16. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m42.021s + 1.982s 17. Andrea Bacci CAAL Mercedes 1m42.305s + 2.266s 18. Michele Faccin MRT Lexus 1m43.544s + 3.505s 19. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 1m43.600s + 3.561s 20. Francesco Ascani Todi BMW 1m43.947s + 3.908s 21. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m44.729s + 4.690s