Junqueira takes pole at Imola

Williams test driver Bruno Junqueira secured pole for the first round of the European F3000 series when he edged ahead of Super Nova's Nicolas Minassian at the end of the second 45-minute qualifying session

Junqueira takes pole at Imola

The pole for the Brazilian capped a good session for the Petrobras Jr. team with Junqueira's young team mate Jaime Melo Jr. securing fourth on the grid.

Australian Mark Webber starred for Arrows Junior outfit European Formula Racing on his first competitive appearance in an F3000 car after finishing third.

It was a bad day for the British drivers, with Nordic pair Justin Wilson and Kevin McGarrity 16th and 17th. Arden's Darren Manning could only manage 19th spot, only just behind title favourite Stephane Sarrazin.

The session was incredibly close, with all 26 qualifiers covered by just 1.265s.

Qualifying times from Imola:

























































































































































1


Bruno Junqueira


Petrobras Jr


1m38.038s


2


Nicolas Minassian


Super Nova


1m38.271s


3


Mark Webber


European


1m38.272s


4


Jaime Melo Jr


Petrobras Jr


1m38.375s


5


Enrique Bernoldi


Red Bull Jr


1m38.378s


6


Fabrice Walfisch


Astromega


1m38.523s


7


Tomas Enge


McLaren Jr


1m38.523s


8


Sebastien Bourdais


Gauloises Jr


1m38.534s


9


Fabrizio Gollin


Coloni


1m38.536s


10


Mario Haberfeld


Fortec


1m38.598s


11


Fernando Alonso


Astromega


1m38.618s


12


Andrea Piccini


KJR


1m38.626s


13


Ricardo Mauricio


Red Bull Jr


1m38.637s


14


David Saelens


Super Nova


1m38.694s


15


Bas Leinders


KJR


1m38.730s


16


Justin Wilson


Nordic


1m38.757s


17


Kevin McGarrity


Nordic


1m38.777s


18


Stephane Sarrazin


McLaren Jr


1m38.847s


19


Darren Manning


Arden


1m38.990s


20


Kristian Kolby


DAMS


1m39.043s


21


Jeffrey van Hooydonk


KTR


1m39.047s


22


Soheil Ayari


Martello


1m39.049s


23


Franck Montagny


DAMS


1m39.075s


24


Andre Couto


Gauloises Jr


1m39.152s


25


Christian Albers


European


1m39.196s


26


Ananda Mikola


WRT


1m39.300s


27


Hidetoshi Matsusada*


WRT


1m39.733s


28


Yves Olivier*


KTR


1m39.886s


29


Victor Maslov*


Arden


1m39.971s


30


Andres Scheld*


Fortec


1m40.372s



*did not qualify
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