Qualifying 1: Vilarino on pole

Spaniard Ander Vilarino upset the formbook to take pole position for the first race of the Dallara Nissan series at Valencia this weekend. The Epilson by Graff driver was just 0.027s ahead of championship leader Ricardo Zonta

Qualifying 1: Vilarino on pole

The highly competitive session kicked off over an hour late after a three-car incident in Nissan 2000 qualifying took some clearing up, and ended a few minutes short of the allotted 30 when Rafael Sarandeses damaged his Dallara with a dint into the barriers at Turn 6.

Behind Vilarino and Zonta is Adrian Campos driver Antonio Garcia (third) and championship contender Bas Leinders (fourth). Justin Wilson will start sixth, just behind Andre Couto, while the other man in with a shot of the title, Franck Montangny, lines up seventh.

Former Prost test driver Jonathan Cochet was ninth; F3000 star Rodrigo Sperafico 11th and less than a second covered the top 14. Outside that group, Damien Faulkner and Nicolas Minassian struggled in 18th and 19th respectively, although both are expecting to go better in the race on Sunday.


Ander Vilarino Epilson by Graff 1m23.647s
Ricardo Zonta Gabord Competicion 1m23.674s
Antonio Garcia Adrian Campos Motorsport 1m23.850s
Bas Leinders KTR 1m23.919s
Andre Couto Vergani Racing 1m23.948s
Justin Wilson Racing Engineering 1m23.979s
Franck Montagny Racing Engineering 1m24.027s
Narain Karthikeyan Tata RC Motorsport 1m24.090s
Jonathan Cochet KTR 1m24.108s
Jean Christophe Ravier Epilson by Graff 1m24.108s

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