Qualifying 2: Zonta denies Wilson

Ricardo Zonta produced a stunning late qualifying effort to snatch pole position for the second Dallara Nissan race at Valencia from Justin Wilson

Qualifying 2: Zonta denies Wilson

Wilson appeared to have done enough with a lap of 1m23.380s, but with less than two minutes remaining of the half-hour session, Zonta showed his class with a 1m23.200s, which left Wilson scratching his head.

"I thought I'd done the perfect lap," said Wilson. "We had a good set-up on the car and I pushed really hard. Sure, it's good to be on the front row, but I'm disappointed not to have taken the pole. Now we'll have to see what happens in the race, but their car does seem to be good on old tyres."

In his first appearance for KTR, Jonathan Cochet did a great job to record the third fastest time, and will line up ahead of fellow Frenchman Jean Christophe Ravier on the second row.

It was not a good session for Zonta's championship rivals and Bas Leinders will have his work cut out to beat the former F1 driver from fifth on the grid. Franck Montagny has left himself an even tougher task, and the Frenchman will start from eighth.

Race one polesitter Ander Vilarino was one of just a few drivers not to improve on his earlier time and as a result he finds himself back in ninth.

The top spot changed hands nine times before Zonta finally made it his own and just like the first session the times were incredibly close. Less than one second covers the first 15 cars.


Ricardo Zonta Gabord Competicion 1m23.200s
Justin Wilson Racing Engineering 1m23.380s
Jonathan Cochet KTR 1m23.456s
Jean Christophe Ravier Epilson by Graff 1m23.469s
Bas Leinders KTR 1m23.480s
Andre Couto Vergani Racing 1m23.690s
Tuka Rocha Gabord Competicion 1m23.717s
Franck Montagny Racing Engineering 1m23.755s
Ander Vilarino Epilson by Graff 1m23.762s
Rodrigo Sperafico Repsol Meycom 1m23.767s

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