Vasiliauskas claims pole at Valencia
|By Steven English||Sunday, September 19th 2010, 07:34 GMT|
Kazim Vasiliauskas took his second pole position of the year for the season finale at Valencia today.
The Lithuanian rolled out of yesterday's first race at the corner, but responded this morning to pip Jack Clarke late in qualifying.
"I'm really happy," said Vasiliauskas. "Yesterday was probably the biggest crash of my life and I thought the car wouldn't be repaired, but this morning when I arrived everything was ready. The guys worked really well to repair the car in one night."
Clarke had been the first driver to set a time close to the ultimate pace after the mid-session switch to new tyres, while Russians Sergei Afanasiev and Ivan Samarin entered the fray with their own efforts.
Armaan Ebrahim then matched Clarke's time but will start from third because Clarke did his lap first.
Newly-crowned champion Dean Stoneman elected to use his fresh set of tyres early in the session. He sat fastest at the mid-way point but was bundled down to sixth as others improved on their new rubber runs.
Mihai Marinescu, Kelvin Snoeks, yesterday's winner Nicola de Marco and Benjamin Bailly complete the top 10.
Series debutant Ramon Pineiro will start 12th ahead of yesterday's front row starter Benjamin Lariche and Jolyon Palmer, who went for the same tyre strategy as Stoneman.
Pos Driver Time Gap Laps 1. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m25.923s 14 2. Jack Clarke 1m26.158s +0.235 14 3. Armaan Ebrahim 1m26.158s +0.235 12 4. Sergei Afanasiev 1m26.244s +0.321 10 5. Ivan Samarin 1m26.310s +0.387 13 6. Dean Stoneman 1m26.365s +0.442 7 7. Mihai Marinescu 1m26.452s +0.529 13 8. Kelvin Snoeks 1m26.559s +0.636 12 9. Nicola de Marco 1m26.587s +0.664 16 10. Benjamin Bailly 1m26.656s +0.733 12 11. Philipp Eng 1m26.723s +0.800 12 12. Ramon Pineiro 1m26.738s +0.815 12 13. Benjamin Lariche 1m26.793s +0.870 12 14. Jolyon Palmer 1m26.801s +0.878 5 15. Will Bratt 1m26.876s +0.953 12 16. Johannes Theobald 1m27.069s +1.146 10 17. Ricardo Teixeira 1m27.077s +1.154 15 18. Natalia Kowalska 1m27.494s +1.571 12 19. Plamen Kralev 1m28.283s +2.360 12