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Superstars Monza: Vitantonio Liuzzi heads Mercedes 1-2 on grid

Vitantonio Liuzzi Romeo Ferraris Mercedes Superstars Monza 2013

Vitantonio Liuzzi stormed to pole position for the first Superstars International Series race of the season at Monza.

The Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver was in a class of his own throughout the half-hour session, setting the benchmark time of 1m54.208s just 10 minutes in.

While team-mate Thomas Biagi did his best to chase down Liuzzi's time, the former BMW driver was forced to settle for second place with a best of 1m54.538.

For a long time it looked as if only the two Romeo Ferraris cars would break into the 1m54s, but with just a few minutes remaining in the session Luigi Ferrara set a 1m54.817s, securing third spot.

Gianni Morbidelli was the best of the rest, nabbing fourth in the relatively underpowered Audi Sport Italia RS5 with a 1m55.452s.

Andrea Larini was fifth, ahead of Francesco Sini, Andrea Bacci and Giovanni Berton.

For reigning champion Johan Kristoffersson, the session was a disaster. The Swede completed one troubled out-lap before parking his Petri Corse Porsche with an engine problem.

Qualifying times

Pos Driver                    Car               Time       Gap
 1. Vitantonio Liuzzi         Ferraris Mercedes 1m54.208s
 2. Thomas Biagi              Ferraris Mercedes 1m54.538s  + 0.330s
 3. Luigi Ferrara             Roma Mercedes     1m54.817s  + 0.609s
 4. Gianni Morbidelli         Audi Italia       1m55.452s  + 1.244s
 5. Andrea Larini             Ferlito Jaguar    1m56.338s  + 2.130s
 6. Francesco Sini            Solaris Chevrolet 1m56.357s  + 2.149s
 7. Andrea Bacci              CAAL Mercedes     1m56.622s  + 2.414s
 8. Giovanni Berton           Dinamic BMW       1m56.652s  + 2.444s
 9. 'Diablolik'               Ferlito Jaguar    1m57.052s  + 2.844s
10. Mauro Trentin             Dinamic BMW       1m47.451s  + 3.243s 
11. Leonardo Baccarelli       CAAL Mercedes     1m57.588s  + 3.380s
12. Max Mugelli               Dinamic BMW       1m57.629s  + 3.421s     
13. Roberto Benedetti         RC Cadillac       1m57.772s  + 3.565s  
14. Max Fantini               Petri Porsche     1m57.813s  + 3.605s       
15. Gianni Giudici            Giudici BMW       1m58.415s  + 4.207s
16. Francesco Ascani          Todi BMW          1m59.202s  + 4.994s
17. Ferdinando Geri           Audi Italia       2m01.099s  + 6.891s
18. Johan Kristoffersson      Petri Porsche     No time
19. Alessandro Battaglin      MRT Lexus         No time
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