Premat Takes Pole in Magny Cours

Alex Premat will start from pole tomorrow for the first of GP2's two races at the French Grand Prix after taking the top spot in qualifying ahead of Jose Maria Lopez and Nico Rosberg

Premat Takes Pole in Magny Cours

Premat topped the timesheets with a lap of 1:25.132, a time which was more that two seconds quicker than the fastest set in this morning's free practice session by teammate Rosberg.

With conditions far hotter than the earlier session this was to be expected, and the majority of the grid set notably faster times than this morning as the drivers circulated under a brilliant, sunny sky.

Adam Carroll had set the early pace with a lap of 1:25.525, but he was unable to improve and will line up fifth on the grid, with fellow championship hopefuls Heikki Kovalainen (fourth) and Scott Speed (sixth) surrounding him.

Gimmi Bruni, currently fourth in the championship and hoping to take a good haul of points in the opening race, was disappointed to line up eleventh on the grid - his team changed his engine between sessions today, and he was unable to run at the pace of his fellow championship contenders.

The session was almost entirely devoid of on-track incidents: Neel Jani ended the session in the gravel on his second lap out, resulting in a time which puts him squarely last on the grid tomorrow.

With the first three drivers split by just one tenth, and the top twelve by a mere second, there are likely to be fireworks at the start of the race, which starts at 2.45 local time tomorrow afternoon.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Premat ART Grand Prix 1:25.132 10 2. Lopez DAMS 1:25.209 + 0.077 14 3. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 1:25.245 + 0.113 10 4. Kovalainen Arden International 1:25.402 + 0.270 8 5. Carroll Super Nova International 1:25.525 + 0.393 16 6. Speed iSport International 1:25.620 + 0.488 11 7. Lapierre Arden International 1:25.848 + 0.716 8 8. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports 1:25.863 + 0.731 12 9. Pantano Super Nova International 1:25.867 + 0.735 13 10. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 1:26.019 + 0.887 10 11. Bruni Coloni Motorsport 1:26.096 + 0.964 12 12. Pla DPR 1:26.158 + 1.026 10 13. Fauzy DAMS 1:26.519 + 1.387 15 14. Garcia Racing Engineering 1:26.766 + 1.634 10 15. Jani Racing Engineering 1:26.822 + 1.690 3 16. Viso BCN Competicion 1:26.858 + 1.726 15 17. Monfardini Durango 1:27.080 + 1.948 12 18. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:27.173 + 2.041 11 19. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 1:27.178 + 2.046 14 20. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:27.247 + 2.115 14 21. Sharp DPR 1:27.255 + 2.123 13 22. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1:27.478 + 2.346 14 23. Piccione Durango 1:27.691 + 2.559 11 24. Artam iSport International 1:28.695 + 3.563 13
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