EU3000: Nurburgring qualifying round nine report

Norbert Siedler took his fifth pole position of the season in Qualifying for Round 9 of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship five tenths clear at the top of the timesheets. Starting the race this afternoon next to Siedler in second place on the...

Norbert Siedler took his fifth pole position of the season in Qualifying for Round 9 of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship five tenths clear at the top of the timesheets. Starting the race this afternoon next to Siedler in second place on the front row of the grid is Alex Lloyd. John Village Automotive team mate Jonny Reid clocked up the third fastest time of the session.

On a wet and slippery track, Siedler posted his best flying lap in the last eight minutes of the session to knock Alex Lloyd from the top of the timesheets. The John Village Automotive driver battled with the greasy track conditions before putting in a strong flying lap on his last run. As the fog and rain threatened to roll in, Kiwi Jonny Reid clocked up a 1:40.243 in the dying minutes of the session to put him in third place seven tenths ahead of Austrian driver Mathias Lauda.

Championship front runners Nicky Pastorelli and Fabrizio Del Monte qualified further down the field. Draco Junior Team driver Pastorelli, currently lying in second place in the driver standings, qualified in seventh place while Championship leader, Del Monte will start from tenth position.

Race 9 will start this afternoon at 14:15.

Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport:

"This is my fifth pole position and I'm extremely happy to be at the start of the grid again today. The track was incredibly slippery at the start of the session and I was over a second behind Lloyd for a long time. We changed a few things with the set-up of the car and our times started to drop immediately. In the end, I finished half a second ahead of Lloyd. JVA have a very strong car and they are going to be extremely tough to beat so I'm looking to make a good start and focus on winning this afternoon."

Alex Lloyd (GBR), John Village Automotive:

"Everything was going really well until the last ten minutes of the session. We made a mistake by not putting on new tyres and that cost us pole today. The track conditions were also really tricky and I had a couple of offs in the middle of the session. It was worse than if we had really wet weather as the track was incredibly greasy and got worse as it started to dry out. The race should be very eventful this afternoon and I think the person who finishes the race without making any mistakes will be the winner today. "

Jonny Reid (NZL), John Village Automotive:

"To be honest, I was really disappointed to be so far behind with my times and my pride has taken a bit of a dent. I struggled with grip on the track as it was extremely slippery out there but the other guys did a good job, my team did a good job and I just have to go out there this afternoon and raise my game."

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