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Slovakia Superstars: Tonio Liuzzi earns pole in thrilling session

Tonio Liuzzi, Romeo Ferraris Mercedes, Slovakiaring Superstars 2013Tonio Liuzzi will start the first Superstars International Series race at the Slovakiaring from pole position, thanks to a stunning last-gasp lap in a tense qualifying session.

The Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver first hit the top of the timesheets at the halfway mark in the session, dipping into the 2m10s bracket for the first time in the process.

But, with five minutes left, the ex-Formula 1 driver tumbled down the order to fifth, Luigi Ferrara (Roma Racing Mercedes) and Giovanni Berton (Dinamic BMW) seemingly on their way to locking out the front row.

With just minutes left in the session, Liuzzi emerged for one last crack at pole, a spectacular 2m09.552s effort on the flag handing him the top spot by more than a second.

With no time to respond, Ferrara and Berton were forced to settle for second and third, with Berton's team-mate Max Mugelli proving his good practice form was no fluke by finishing fourth.

After going fastest in practice two, Fabrizio Giovanardi struggled to make the same impact in qualifying, ending up fifth in the Petri Porsche, one place ahead of Liuzzi;s team-mate and series leader Thomas Biagi.

Gianni Morbidelli was the best placed Audi Sport Italia entry in seventh, ahead of Andrea Bacci, Andrea Larini and Mauro Trentin.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car           Time       Gap
 1.  Tonio Liuzzi         Ferraris Mercedes  2m09.552s
 2.  Luigi Ferrara        Roma Mercedes      2m10.636s  + 1.084s
 3.  Giovanni Berton      Dinamic BMW        2m10.683s  + 1.131s
 4.  Max Mugelli          Dinamic BMW        2m10.784s  + 1.232s
 5.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Petri Porsche      2m10.857s  + 1.305s
 6.  Thomas Biagi         Ferraris Mercedes  2m10.927s  + 1.375s
 7.  Gianni Morbidelli    Audi Italia        2m11.291s  + 1.739s
 8.  Andrea Bacci         CAAL Mercedes      2m13.409s  + 3.857s
 9.  Andrea Larini        Ferlito Jaguar     2m13.630s  + 4.078s
10.  Mauro Trentin        Dinamic BMW        2m13.780s  + 4.228s
11.  Diabolik             Ferlito Jaguar     2m14.165s  + 4.613s
12.  Roberto Benedetti    RC Cadillac        2m15.169s  + 5.617s
13.  Ferdinando Geri      Audi Italia        2m15.730s  + 6.178s
14.  Francesco Ascani     Todi BMW           2m16.991s  + 7.439s
15.  Francesco Sini       Solaris Chevrolet
16.  Leonardo Baccarelli  CAAL Mercedes
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