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LÓPEZ TAKES POLE IN HIS SLOVAK DEBUT

José María López took his second pole of the season in a lively and sunny Qualifying session at the Slovakia Ring.

 

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The fact that the Argentine was visiting the track for the first time seemed no disadvantage whatsoever for Pechito, who beat team-mates Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller by over three and six tenths of a second respectively, securing another Citroën’s 1-2-3.

Norbert Michelisz and Gianni Morbidelli took fourth and fifth, allowing Honda and Chevrolet RML to be represented in Q3.

Q1 cast an unusual ranking, with ten cars within 8 tenths and Michelisz leading over Valente, Muller, Coronel and Tarquini.

Things though changed in Q2, where López took power, in a session that was red-flagged because of the incident that involved Tarquini, whose front bonnet got loose, covering the windscreen of the Honda which had to stop on track.

By virtue of their 10th and 9th position in Q1, Monteiro and Valente will be in first row for Race 2, while the BMW cars of Engstler and Di Sabatino dominated qualifying among TC2 cars once again.

ETCC - MAT’O HOMOLA SETS POLE ON HOME CIRCUIT

It was a perfect qualifying session for local hero Mato Homola who took overall pole ahead of tomorrow’s Race1.

The young Slovak posted a time of 2:13.436 in the initial stages of the session with his Homola Motorsport BMW 320 TC, beating two other TC2T cars (both Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T by Campos Racing), although by a narrow margin of three hundredths of a second in the case of Nikolay Karamyshev, as the Russian signed a time of 2:13.470 while Igor Skuz stopped the watch at 2:14.557.

The TC2T trio was followed by seven TC2 cars, with Norbert Kiss (Team Unicorse Alfa Romeo 156) stealing class pole from Petr Fulín (Krenek Motorsport BMW 320si) by mid-session, with a margin of half-second. Third throughout most of the session was the other Krenek’s car of Michal Matějovský.

In the Single-Make Trophy, the fastest SEAT León was the one of ADAC Team Nordbayern with Andreas Pfister at the wheel, who posted a time of 2:17.742 and beat by one tenth SMP Racing Russian Bears driver Dmitry Bragin and by three tenths the Finn Aku Pellinen (Team Niinivirta).

In the Super 1600, Ulrike Krafft was again on top of the rankings. The German girl’s Ford Fiesta 1.6 beat the similar car of Gilles Bruckner (Team LuxMotor) by over 1.5 seconds, with another Ravenol Team Ford Fiesta 1.6, entrusted to Patrick Wolf in third.

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