Zolder Superstars: Gianni Morbidelli and Audi take pole in Belgium

Gianni Morbidelli took his and Audi Sport Italia's first pole position of the 2013 Superstars International Series season with a dominant performance at Zolder

Zolder Superstars: Gianni Morbidelli and Audi take pole in Belgium

After being slowed by a rear diff problem in the second practice session, the former series champion was right back on the pace in qualifying.

Having been at or near the top for the majority of the 30-minute session, Morbidelli put in his final flyer five minutes from the end, his 1m36.055s lap easily the fastest of the day.

Tonio Liuzzi's Romeo Ferraris Mercedes wound up second, albeit four tenths down on Morbidelli's time, while Belgian driver Renaud Kuppens was the surprise of the session, taking third spot in the Scuderia Giudici BMW on his series debut.

After missing the majority of free practice two thanks to an engine problem with his Roma Mercedes, Luigi Ferrara took no time getting back up to speed. He ended up fourth, less than a second behind Kuppens, having spent the middle part of the session at the top.

Max Mugelli was the best of the Dinamic BMWs in fifth, ahead of Raffaele Giammaria's CAAL Racing Mercedes, which took sixth despite whacking the wall halfway through the session.

Giovanni Berton was seventh, his Dinamic BMW carrying 40 kilogrammes of performance ballast after he won the last race in Slovakia.

Nicola Larini, Thomas Biagi and Francesco Sini were next.

Meanwhile, Laurens Vanthoor's qualifying session was significantly shorter than expected. The debutant was expected to be a pole contender after showing promising pace in the morning's practice sessions, only to have his Audi Sport Italia RS5 stop on track with a transmission problem before he had the chance to set a flying lap.

He will start Sunday's first race from the back of the grid.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 1m36.055s 2. Tonio Liuzzi Ferraris Mercedes 1m36.462s +0.407s 3. Renaud Kuppens Giudici BMW 1m36.934s +0.879s 4. Luigi Ferrara Roma Mercedes 1m36.940s +0.885s 5. Max Mugelli Dinamic BMW 1m37.113s +1.058s 6. Raffaele Giammaria CAAL Mercedes 1m37.283s +1.228s 7. Giovanni Berton Dinamic BMW 1m37.288s +1.233s 8. Nicola Larini Petri Porsche 1m37.325s +1.270s 9. Thomas Biagi Ferraris Mercedes 1m37.441s +1.386s 10. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 1m37.831s +1.776s 11. Fabrizio Giovanardi Petri Porsche 1m37.928s +1.873s 12. Mauro Trentin Dinamic BMW 1m38.449s +2.394s 13. Andrea Bacci Roma Mercedes 1m38.612s +2.557s 14. Mimmo Schiattarella Solaris Chevrolet 1m39.175s +3.120s 15. Roberto Benedetti RC Cadillac 1m40.354s +4.299s 16. Marco Cassara Roma Mercedes 1m41.401s +5.346s 17. Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 1m41.710s +5.655s 18. Laurens Vanthoor Audi Italia 
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