Morbidelli continues Donington Park domination by grabbing race one pole
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 19th 2012, 16:57 GMT|
Gianni Morbidelli secured pole position for the first Superstars Series race at Donington Park.
Having been comfortably fastest in both practice sessions, Morbidelli kept his stunning run alive in the 30-minute qualifying session. Despite not appearing until mid-way through the session, Morbidelli fired to the top of the time sheets on his first flying lap with a 1m33.871s.
He completed two more laps to improve to a 1m33.575s, before parking his Audi Sport Italia RS5 until there was just a few minutes of the session remaining.
Despite there being no real threat to his time, Morbidelli emerged for one final lap right at the end of the session, improving to a 1m33.264s.
Second was Morbidelli's Audi team-mate Thomas Schoffler. The German missed most of the session due to an engine problem, but emerged in time to nab a front-row starting spot with a 1m34.004s right on the chequered flag.
British Touring Car Championship star Thomas Onslow-Cole was third fastest with a 1m34.833s, an impressive showing given Saturday was his first in the Ferlito Motors Jaguar. Johnny Herbert made it an all British second row, taking fourth spot in the Team Swiss Maserati.
Max Pigoli (Ferlito Motors Jaguar) and Tonio Luzzi (CAAL Racing Mercedes) locked out the third row, while Thomas Biagi (Team Dinamic BMW) struggled to replicate his practice speed, settling for seventh place. His BMW team-mate Stefano Gabellini was eighth.
Francesco Sini (Solaris Chevrolet) and rookie of the year contender Andrea Boffo (Roma Racing Mercedes) will start ninth and 10th respectively.
Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson will start the first race from the back of the grid, having missed Saturday's qualifying session.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m33.264s 2. Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 1m34.004s + 0.740s 3. Tom Onslow-Cole Ferlito Jaguar 1m34.833s + 1.569s 4. Johnny Herbert Swiss Maserati 1m34.924s + 1.660s 5. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m35.058s + 1.794s 6. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m35.067s + 1.803s 7. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m35.194s + 1.930s 8. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 1m35.293s + 2.029s 9. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m35.454s + 2.190s 10. Andrea Boffo Roma Mercedes 1m35.873s + 2.609s 11. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m35.932s + 2.668s 12. Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes 1m36.140s + 2.876s 13. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes 1m36.225s + 2.961s 14. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m36.436s + 3.172s 15. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 1m36.729s + 3.465s 16. Sandro Bettini Dinamic BMW 1m36.931s + 3.667s 17. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 1m39.413s + 6.149s