Corvette Takes First Pole

The Carsport Chevrolet Corvette C5-R vaulted to the top of the times late in the first qualifying session to take provisional pole position for tomorrow's FIA GT Championship round at Imola

Corvette Takes First Pole

Crewed by Mike Hezemans, Antony Kumpen and Bert Longin, the Corvette finished the session 0.291 quicker than Pedro Lamy and Gabriele Gardel in the Larbre Competition Ferrari 550 Maranello that had sat at the top of the timesheets for most of the session.

The quickest Maserati MC12 - the JMB Racing car driven by Philip Peter, Chris Buncombe and Roman Rusinov - was third quickest, 0.392 off the top time.

The Gruppe M Racing Porsche GT3 RSRs were the pick of the bunch in the GT2 class, with the Emmanuel Collard/Tim Sugden car this time quicker than its sister driven by Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller.

There is another 45 minute qualifying session on the Italian circuit this afternoon to settle the grid for tomorrow's race definitively.

2005 FIA GT Championship - Imola Qualifying 1:

Pos Drivers Make Time Laps 1. Longin/Kumpen/Hezemans Corvette C5R 1:45.835 11 2. Lamy/Gardel Ferrari 550 Maranello 1:46.126 + 0.291 11 3. Peter/Buncombe/Rusinov Maserati MC12 GT1 1:46.227 + 0.392 19 4. Bartels/Scheider Maserati MC12 GT1 1:46.373 + 0.538 12 5. Bouchut/Fomenko/Vasiliev Ferrari 550 Maranello 1:46.466 + 0.631 11 6. Ruberti/Camathias Saleen S7 R 1:46.636 + 0.801 16 7. Babini/Biagi Maserati MC12 GT1 1:46.639 + 0.804 16 8. Deletraz/Piccini Ferrari 575 Maranello 1:47.049 + 1.214 20 9. Lechner/Bobbi Saleen S7 R 1:47.261 + 1.426 18 10. Bertolini/Wendlinger Maserati MC12 GT1 1:47.297 + 1.462 13 11. Melo/Belloc Ferrari 575 Maranello 1:47.549 + 1.714 18 12. Keen/Halliday Lister Storm GT 1:49.527 + 3.692 17 13. Casoni/Varini/Panzavuota Saleen S7 R 1:51.050 + 5.215 20 14. Collard/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:51.082 + 5.247 10 15. Becker/Hermann Saleen S7 R 1:51.417 + 5.582 20 16. Lieb/Rockenfeller Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:51.835 + 6.000 11 17. Stanco/Janus Saleen S7 R 1:51.935 + 6.100 12 18. Balfe/Derbyshire Mosler MT900R 1:52.752 + 6.917 19 19. Moccia/Busnelli Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:53.171 + 7.336 14 20. Kuppens/Leinders Vertigo Streiff 1:55.772 + 9.937 13 21. Kaufmann/Moro Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:57.015 + 11.180 15 22. Ried/Ried Porsche 996 GT3 RS 1:57.905 + 12.070 19 23. Vonka/Amaduzzi/Castro Porsche 996 GT3 RS 1:59.421 + 13.586 18 24. Wilson/MacAri Ferrari 360 Modena 1:59.787 + 13.952 13 
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