Monza Auto GP: Markus Pommer claims second consecutive pole
|By Sam Smith||Friday, May 30th 2014, 16:19 GMT|
Markus Pommer secured an impressive second consecutive pole position for the seventh round of the 2014 Auto GP season after a tense qualifying battle with series debutant Christof von Grunigen.
With light raining falling on the track throughout the 10-minute session, Pommer and von Grunigen swapped fastest times in what became their own private battle for pole.
The German won out by just under three tenths of a second with time of 1m36.676s.
Starting on the second row is Eurotech driver Kevin Giovesi who just shaded Super Nova's Michela Cerruti, equalling her performance at the last round in Hungary to start fourth again after an assured performance.
Tamas Pal Kiss starts in fifth position and is still playing catch up after a broken damper hampered his second free practice session earlier today.
The Zele driver shares the third row with Andrea Roda.
In the first segment of qualifying that determined the top 10, Francesco Dracone, Loris Spinelli and Samin Gomez all narrowly missed out on making the shoot-out.
Spinelli was the only driver to encounter significant drama when he had a high-speed trip through the gravel at Parabolica early in the session.
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Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Markus Pommer Super Nova 1m36.676s 2. Christof von Grunigen Zele 1m36.893s +0.217s 3. Kevin Giovesi Eurotech 1m37.163s +0.487s 4. Michela Cerruti Super Nova 1m37.260s +0.584s 5. Tamas Pal Kiss Zele 1m37.351s +0.675s 6. Andrea Roda Virtuosi 1m37.585s +0.909s 7. Shinya Michimi Euronova 1m37.640s +0.964s 8. Yoshitaka Kuroda Zele 1m38.120s +1.444s 9. Michele La Rosa MLR 71/Euronova 1m38.126s +1.450s 10. Giuseppe Cipriani Virtuosi 1m39.005s +2.329s 11. Francesco Dracone Super Nova Q1 12. Loris Spinelli Eurotech Q1 13. Samin Gomez Zele Q1