Speed Beats Bruni to Pole

Scott Speed has repeated his morning's good form, taking pole in qualifying with a time of 1:25.486, almost half a second ahead of Coloni's Gianmaria Bruni at Barcelona

Speed Beats Bruni to Pole

Speed beat Bruni to the top spot eight minutes remaining in a session, which ended with the top ten drivers covered by just one second and the top twenty within two seconds of pole.

The American took an early lead in the session on his first lap, with a time almost a second slower than his pole; Bruni again followed just behind, with the pair swapping fastest laps throughout the thirty minute period.

Jose Maria Lopez was third overall with a time of 1:26.143, two tenths behind Bruni, but the teammates of both drivers were substantially less lucky - Fairuz Fauzy spun off at turn one on his first hot lap, while Mathias Lauda lost his car under braking at the third turn with five minutes to go.

The two corners claimed the only other drivers to stop on track - Alexandre Premat at turn one and Clivio Piccione spun slowly through the gravel, stopping gently against the wall at turn three halfway into the session.

Nelson Piquet put his troubled weekend in Imola behind him with a strong run to fourth, despite the intervention of a marshall who inadvertently hit his clutch button while pushing the car in the pitlane, briefly stopping Piquet from finding a gear.

However the Brazilian was not the most disappointed man on track - his near neighbour Ernesto Viso was confident of taking pole, only to struggle with the handling of his car in the early stages of qualifying. His BCN team ate up valuable time towards the end of the session adding a skirt to the bottom of his car, leaving him time for only one hot lap.

The Formula One style run ended in heartache for the Venezuelan when he spun at turn three as the clock ran out, killing off his chances of taking the top spot and leaving Speed at the front of the grid for tomorrow's first race.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Speed iSport International 1:25.486 10 2. Bruni Coloni Motorsport 1:25.934 + 0.448 7 3. Lopez DAMS 1:26.143 + 0.657 14 4. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports 1:26.189 + 0.703 12 5. Pla DPR 1:26.209 + 0.723 13 6. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:26.241 + 0.755 8 7. Sharp DPR 1:26.298 + 0.812 12 8. Lapierre Arden International 1:26.422 + 0.936 13 9. Garcia Racing Engineering 1:26.464 + 0.978 11 10. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 1:26.465 + 0.979 15 11. Kovalainen Arden International 1:26.512 + 1.026 13 12. Carroll Super Nova International 1:26.717 + 1.231 13 13. Jani Racing Engineering 1:26.766 + 1.280 14 14. Premat ART Grand Prix 1:26.822 + 1.336 13 15. Piccione Durango 1:26.834 + 1.348 7 16. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 1:26.849 + 1.363 13 17. Pantano Super Nova International 1:26.987 + 1.501 7 18. Monfardini Durango 1:27.092 + 1.606 15 19. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:27.094 + 1.608 12 20. Viso BCN Competicion 1:27.367 + 1.881 11 21. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1:27.627 + 2.141 9 22. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 1:27.752 + 2.266 14 23. Artam iSport International 1:28.806 + 3.320 13 Did Not Qualify: Fauzy, DAMS 
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