ETCC Super Prod’ qualifying: Kox shades pole

Peter Kox started his bid for revenge over defeat in the last round of the Super Production class of the FIA European Touring Car Championship by taking pole at Silverstone from Ravaglia Motorsport team mate Norman Simon

ETCC Super Prod’ qualifying: Kox shades pole

Dutchman Kox lapped in 2m04.971s, just over a tenth ahead of his German team mate. Championship leader Duncan Huisman, who collided with Kox at Magny-Cours two weeks ago which put him out of the race, could only manage the third quickest time, over eight-tenths down on his title rival's best time.

"It was OK," said Kox. "It's important to have my team mate on the front row. I hope we make a good start and stay out of trouble. I've not forgotten Magny-Cours, but I don't want to talk about it. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."

Simon said: "I'm still learning touring cars and I'm getting quicker and quicker. I had a bit of a sideways moment on my quickest lap. But this is a great performance from the team. This is a great start for our weekend."

Huisman said: "It's not too bad. I couldn't get the speed out of my new tyres. I lost time at the first corner and at Becketts, so I couldn't match Peter or Norman. I think I've got a good set-up for the race and I think I can be consistently quick."

Former F1 racer Gianni Morbidelli was over a second off pole but his 2m06.092s was good enough for fourth, ahead of the first non-BMW 320I, the Nissan Primera of Tommy Rustad. The Norwegian, who is run by the British RJN Motorsport outfit, lapped in 2m06.519s despite losing his rear bumper during the session. His new team mate for this weekend, Matt Kelly, could only manage 15th fastest time.

Top British driver was Tom Ferrier, who did a fine job to put his Edenbridge-run BMW in sixth, ahead of Ravaglia's third car of Belgian saloon ace Frederic Bouvy and Huisman's team mate Per-Gunner Andersson.


1 Peter Kox (BMW 320i) 2m04.971s
2 Norman Simon (BMW 320i) 2m05.132s
3 Duncan Huisman (BMW 320i) 2m05.786s
4 Gianni Morbidelli (BMW 320i) 2m06.092s
5 Tommy Rustad (Nissan Primera) 2m06.400s
6 Tom Ferrier (BMW 320i) 2m06.519s
7 Frederic Bouvy (BMW 320i) 2m06.849s
8 Per-Gunner Andersson (BMW 320i) 2m06.892s
9 Paolo Ruberti (BMW 320i) 2m06.963s
10 Luis Villamil (Alfa Romeo 156) 2m07.140s

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