Thomas Biagi tops second Imola practice
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, April 21st 2012, 11:33 GMT|
Thomas Biagi fired a pre-qualifying warning shot with a flying lap during the second free practice session for the International Superstars Series at Imola.
Biagi, a Bologna native, was quick right from the start of the session, dipping under Johan Kristoffersson's benchmark time from free practice one in the first 10 minutes of the session, and then improving to a 1m50.583s with just over eight minutes left to run.
That time was good enough to leave the Dinamic BMW driver clearly on top ahead of qualifying.
Andrea Larini traded times with Biagi throughout the session, but the Romeo Ferraris Mercedes driver eventually fell three-tenths short, settling for second. Audi Italia's Gianni Morbidelli was third fastest, replicating his result from free practice one.
Francesco Sini (Solaris Chevrolet) was fourth fastest, ahead of big name drivers Christian Fittipaldi (Swiss Team Maserati) and Tonio Liuzzi (CAAL Racing Mercedes).
Stefano Gabellini (Dinamic BMW), Max Pigoli (Ferlito Jaguar), Andrea Boffo (Roma Racing Mercedes) were next, while German Thomas Schoffler rounded out the top 10 in just his second official session behind the wheel of Audi's RS5.
Having been fastest in free practice one, Kristoffersson didn't take part in the second session, a driveline gremlin leaving his Audi RS5 stranded in the garage.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m50.583s 2. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m50.816s + 0.233s 3. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m50.994s + 0.411s 4. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m51.170s + 0.587s 5. Christian Fittipaldi Swiss Maserati 1m51.229s + 0.646s 6. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m51.253s + 0.670s 7. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 1m51.580s + 0.997s 8. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m51.927s + 1.344s 9. Andrea Boffo Romeo Mercedes 1m52.291s + 1.708s 10. Thomas Schoffler Audi Italia 1m52.478s + 1.895s 11. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m52.892s + 2.309s 12. Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes 1m52.954s + 2.371s 13. Ananda Mikola Ferlito Jaguar 1m52.987s + 2.404s 14. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 1m53.291s + 2.708s 15. Sandro Bettini Dinamic BMW 1m54.091s + 3.508s 16. Francesco Ascani Todi BMW 1m54.585s + 4.002s 17. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m55.701s + 5.118s 18. Marco Fumagalli Todi BMW 1m56.530s + 5.947s 19. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 1m58.303s + 7.720s