FIA S'cars qualifying: Dome fastest

Newly crowned FIA Sportscar champions, Racing For Holland, continued their run of pole positions by claiming their fourth consecutive pole to head the competition once more at Spa-Francorchamps

FIA S'cars qualifying: Dome fastest

It was 21-year-old Hillebrand who produced the lap of 2m07.704s that secured the spot spot, denying F3000 series runner-up Sebastien Bourdais by just one tenth of a second.

"That was a tough one," said the half-Belgian, half-Dutch racer. " I had no contact with the pits as I left my ear piece out, so I was not sure if I was still on pole or not but it was a nice battle with Sebastien who is a formidable opponent."

Third on the grid went to the ex-F1 driver pairing of Mauro Baldi and Vincenzo Sospiri in the R&M Judd.

The second of the Racing For Holland run Dome's raced by Beppe Gabbiani and Bolivia's Felipe Ortiz were the last of the SR1 runners after Gabbiani crashed spectacularly at Les Combes after just 10 minutes of the session. The ex-Osella grand prix racer lost the back end of his car and ricoched off the barriers causing damage to the right handside of the S101. The car will however be ready for Sunday's warm-up session and the Italian is determind to make amends in the race.

Bob Berridge and reigning BTCC champion Jason Plato line up in fifth place with Plato getting to grips with both the Judd powered Lola B98/10 and the Spa circuit, which he was driving for the first time. "I had only done nine laps before qualifying so we have a lot of work to do yet," he said. "The car is great to drive with plenty of power and I'm really enjoying myself, but really we are running our own race and aiming for a podium which would be a great result considering the opposition."

SR2 was once again the domain of the Italian Lucchini squad with Piergiuseppe Peroni and Mirko Savoldi boosting their title chances with a third consecutive pole position. "This is a great way for the weekend to start because we are very motivated to take another win and seal the championship," said Peroni, who has been trying to win the title since 1998 when he made his championship debut.

Jan Lammers/Val Hillebrand Racing For Holland Dome S101 Judd 2m07.704s
Jean Christophe Boullion/Sebastien Bourdais Pescarolo Sport Courage C60 Peugeot 2m07.841s
Mauro Baldi/Vincenzo Sospiri R&M Judd 2m09.749s
Gianmaria Bruni/ Alessandro Battaglin Durango GMS Judd 2m10.874s
Bob Berridge/Jason Plato BBR Lola B98/10 2m 11.827s
Piergiuseppe Peroni/ Mirko Savoldi Lucchini Alfa Romeo 2m15.382s
Thed Bjork/Niklas Loven SRTS Lola Nissan 2m15.438s
Gianni Collini/Fabio Mancini Lucchini Alfa Romeo 2m16.244s
John Stack/Sam Hignett Team Jota Pilbeam Nissan 2m17.273s

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