Johan Kristoffersson claims Imola Superstars pole

Young gun Johan Kristoffersson took pole position for round two of the International Superstars Series at Imola

Johan Kristoffersson claims Imola Superstars pole

Despite missing all of free practice two thanks to a driveline problem, the Audi Sport driver was in sublime form in the 30-minute qualifying session, jumping to the top of the sheets with five minutes to go with an unassailable 1m49.548s lap. Kristoffersson's pole position is the first for the brand new Audi RS5, which made its debut earlier this month at Monza.

Andrea Larini will start second, the Italian waiting until there was just 90 seconds left in the session to catapult his Romeo Ferraris Mercedes from the middle of the pack to the front row.

Behind the top two, the final 30 seconds of the session were frantic. Having led the way early in the session, Dinamic BMW's Thomas Biagi was shuffled down the order just after the 10-minute mark - only to recover to third with his final lap of the session. Gianni Morbidelli was another driver to spend time at both the top and the middle of the sheets during the session, the Audi pilot finally settling on fourth in the closing seconds.

Tonio Liuzzi (CAAL Racing Mercedes) was another driver caught up in the late rush of lap times - with just over a minute to go he went from the fringe of the top 10 to third, only to be pushed back to fifth at the flag.

Francesco Sini (Solaris Chevrolet) was sixth, while Thomas Schoffler made sure there were three Audis in the top 10, qualifying seventh in the third Audi Sport RS5.

Points leader Max Pigoli (Ferlito Jaguar) was eighth, former Formula 1 driver Christian Fittipaldi (Swiss Team Maserati) was ninth, and Stefano Gabellini (Dinamic BMW) rounded out the top 10.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Johan Kristoffersson Audi Italia 1m49.548s 2. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 1m49.677s + 0.129s 3. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW 1m49.759s + 0.211s 4. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m49.825s + 0.277s 5. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes 1m50.128s + 0.580s 6. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m50.230s + 0.682s 7. Thomas Schoffler Audi Italia 1m50.467s + 0.919s 8. Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 1m50.638s + 1.090s 9. Christian Fittipaldi Swiss Maserati 1m51.387s + 1.839s 10. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW 1m51.423s + 1.875s 11. Andrea Boffo Roma Mercedes 1m51.605s + 2.057s 12. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW 1m51.815s + 2.267s 13. Ananda Mikola Ferlito Jaguar 1m52.046s + 2.498s 14. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati 1m52.544s + 2.996s 15. Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes 1m52.619s + 3.071s 16. Sandro Bettini Dinamic BMW 1m52.990s + 3.442s 17. Francesco Ascani Todi BMW 1m53.924s + 4.376s 18. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m55.453s + 5.905s 19. Walter Meloni W&D BMW 1m55.468s + 5.920s 20. Andrea Perlini Todi BMW 1m55.564s + 6.016s 21. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes 1m57.191s + 7.643s 
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