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Porteiro takes double Monza pole

Felix Porteiro became the only driver this season to take a clean sweep of pole positions in the same weekend, after topping the time sheets again in qualifying for the final round of World Series by Renault at Monza

The Spaniard lapped the Italian circuit in 1:36.693 which, although was not as fast as his pole position lap for the first race earlier in the day, was good enough to edge out Patrick Pilet by 13 thousandths of a second.

Despite Porteiro's teammate Robert Kubica's dominance of the Championship, no other driver has taken both sprint and feature race pole positions in the same weekend in 2005.

Porteiro said: "I've doubled my pole tally today, so it was a good day. I had a good set up from the word go and the car ran well all day. There is nothing more to say really."

Pilet's time topped the other group of runners, and was the best of the season for both him and his GD Racing team. The French driver returned to the series with the Italian team at the last round at Estoril, having split with Jenzer Motorsport mid-season. He will start second as the average of the fastest times in both sessions means the grid will be determined on lap time alone.

Pilet, who will the sprint race on fourth, put his increased pace down a radically different set up with more downforce, instead of trimming the wing angles as much as possible to cope with the long straights at Monza.

"I used a totally different set-up today from the rest of the field and actually had lots of wing on," Pilet said. "I won't be able to use it in the races tomorrow because people will just drive by me on the straights, but it has meant that I will be able to start from the front of the grid.

"This result is the best present I could have given my new team for giving me a chance after three months sitting at home."

Colin Fleming will start the feature race third, having qualified in the same position for the sprint race.

Adrian Valles kept up his chance of securing second in the Championship, by out- qualifying rivals Markus Winkelhock and Tristan Gommendy.

Pos  Driver                 Time
 1.  Felix Porteiro         1:36.693
 2.  Patrick Pilet          1:36.705
 3.  Colin Fleming          1:36.760
 4.  Adrian Valles          1:36.861
 5.  Eric Salignon          1:36.884
 6.  Markus Winkelhock      1:36.981
 7.  Robert Kubica          1:37.249
 8.  Tristan Gommendy       1:37.249
 9.  Celso Miguez           1:37.303
10.  Matteo Meneghello      1:37.342
11.  Andreas Zuber          1:37.357
12.  Jaap Van Lagen         1:37.428
13.  Danny Watts            1:37.591
14.  Giorgio Mondini        1:37.669
15.  Richard Antinucci      1:37.719
16.  Davide Rigon           1:37.731
17.  Matteo Pellegrino      1:37.734
18.  Giovanni Tedeschi      1:37.797
19.  Ryan Sharp             1:37.839
20.  Damien Pasini          1:37.889
21.  Simon Pagenaud         1:37.942
22.  Carlos Iaconelli       1:37.982
23.  Ryo Fukuda             1:37.992
24.  Ferdinando Monfardini  1:38.136
25.  Fernando Rees          1:38.177
26.  Milos Pavlovic         1:38.353
27.  Pastor Maldonado       1:38.387
28.  Ivan Bellarosa         1:38.556
29.  Mehdi Bennani          1:40.361
30.  Christian Montanari    No time

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