Ferrari Challenge, Spa: Shovlin on pole

Paddy Shovlin will start from pole position in Sunday's opening round of the Ferrari Challenge championship at Spa-Francorchamps.

Ferrari Challenge, Spa: Shovlin on pole

The Irishman, along with team-mate and compatriot Michael Cullen, switched to the specialist outfit RossoCorsa over the winter in a move that is so far paying dividends. He will start alongside reigning champion John Bosch on the front row of the grid.

Shovlin, polesitter at the support race to last year's US Grand Prix, set a time two-tenths clear of the field in the rain-soaked session. 2001 champion Norbert Graf and regular series frontrunner Ange Barde will start from the second row, with the Swedish Eurosport pundit Tony Ring a close fifth.

Loris Kessel Racing's Gianni Santini, a newcomer to the series, heads a Class 2 field which this year qualifies and races alongside the class 1 drivers. The Italian will start ahead of several class 1 drivers and two places ahead of his closest rival, the Swiss pilot Rolf Galiker.

Sunday's 8 and 12-lap races kick off a championship which visits Donington on May 25th, in addition to Zandvoort, the Lausitzring, Magny-Cours and Mugello.


1 Paddy Shovlin (IRL) 2:47.536
2 John Bosch (NED) 2:47.742
3 Norbert Graf (D) 2:48.391
4 Ange Barde (F) 2:48.793
5 Tony Ring (SWE) 2:49.708
6 Edoardo Bisconcini (I) 2:49.816

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