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Maassen gives Mad-Croc Spa pole

Mad-Croc Corvette, Spa 2010Dutchman Xavier Maassen claimed his first sportscar pole position in qualifying for round five of the FIA GT1 World Championship at Spa.

Maassen was second fastest aboard the DKR-run Mad-Croc Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R in the first qualifying segment, his new team-mate Jos Menten filled the same position in Qualifying Two and then Maassen topped the timesheets in Q3. His time of 2m17.605s was a couple of tenths quicker than fellow countryman Nicky Pastorelli in the best of the Lamborghini Murcielago R-SVs.

Maassen said: "It's about time; this is such a relief after we've been knocking on the door all season. It's great to come to what is my home track and finally nail the pole. The team has a lot of knowledge here and so do the drivers, and we were able to put it all together."

Ricardo Zonta qualified third in the fastest of the Reiter Engineering Lambos. He was just a couple of tenths behind the similar All-Inkl car and a similar time ahead of Bert Longin in the Vitaphone-run Hegersport Maserati MC12.

Championship leader Andrea Bertolini, whose Vitaphone Maserati is carrying 40kg of success ballast, was unable to make it through the first round of qualifying. That means team-mate Michael Bartels will start this afternoon's Qualifying Race from 21st on the grid.

Pos  Drivers                 Car           Time       Session
 1.  Maassen/Menten          Corvette      2m17.605s  Q3
 2.  Pastorelli/Schwager     Lamborghini   2m17.812s  Q3
 3.  Zonta/Kechele           Lamborghini   2m18.082s  Q3
 4.  Longin/Verdonck         Maserati      2m18.322s  Q3
 5.  Hezemans/Hennerici      Corvette      2m18.373s  Q3
 6.  Martin/Leinders         Ford          2m18.471s  Q3
 7.  Hirschi/Piccione        Aston Martin  2m19.062s  Q3
 8.  Nygaard/Mucke           Aston Martin  2m19.755s  Q3
 9.  Kox/Haase               Lamborghini   2m19.626s  Q2
10.  Bernoldi/Ramos          Maserati      2m19.630s  Q2
11.  Grosjean/Jani           Ford          2m19.762s  Q2
12.  Makowiecki/Accary       Aston Martin  2m19.883s  Q2
13.  Westbrook/Mutsch        Ford          2m20.048s  Q2
14.  Piccini/Kumpen          Corvette      2m21.387s  Q2
15.  Ara/Nilsson             Nissan        2m21.575s  Q2
16.  Gavin/Kuismanen         Corvette      2m22.808s  Q2
17.  Basseng/Bouchut         Lamborghini   2m19.663s  Q1
18.  Enge/Turner             Aston Martin  2m19.680s  Q1
19.  Krumm/Dumbreck          Nissan        2m19.720s  Q1
20.  Hughes/Campbell-Walter  Nissan        2m19.745s  Q1
21.  Bertolini/Bartels       Maserati      2m19.753s  Q1
22.  Wendlinger/Moser        Nissan        2m20.170s  Q1
23.  Palttala/Kuppens        Ford          2m20.490s  Q1
24.  Heger/Muller            Maserati      2m20.939s  Q1
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