The Superfund World Series by Nissan kicks off with a super competitive qualifying session. Brazilian former Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi took a stunning pole position for the second race of this weekend's Superfund World Series by Nissan...
The Superfund World Series by Nissan kicks off with a super competitive qualifying session.
Brazilian former Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi took a stunning pole position for the second race of this weekend's Superfund World Series by Nissan at Jarama.
In a session where 18 cars were covered by just a fraction over one second, Bernoldi grabbed the coveted pole slot from Franck Montagny by 0.018s.
Bernoldi has only a one race contract with RC Motorsports this season, but he is hoping that his performance this weekend could lead to a full-time drive.
He said: "RC Motorsports have done a great job and I hope to get a good result for them this weekend. Hopefully if I can win the race then we can attract the sponsorship for the full season."
Gabord Competition's Montagny, who took pole for the first race, was a little disappointed not to make it two out of two, but was content with a front row starting position.
"I went out on new tyres at the start of the session rather than waiting and trying the track with the old one first. After the first few laps I came in to make some changes to the car, but the tyres went away after that. I need to make a good start tomorrow."
Bernoldi was once again backed up by team-mate Polo Villaamil, who took another third on the grid. It equalled his best ever starting position, set in qualifying for race one, but the Spaniard was just 0.004s off a place on the front row.
He said: "The car felt good throughout. I knew from testing that we would have a good car here. I hope it stays like this tomorrow. I just want to thank you to my RC Motorsport team who have done a fantastic job for me this weekend."
Racing Engineering's Bas Leinders made up for a disappointing performance in race one qualifying, where a rare engine problem cost him lots of time, to take fourth on the grid for race two. Williams F1 tester Marc Gene (Adrian Campos Motorsport) was a very competitive fifth, only 0.1s off the pole.
Jean Christophe Ravier (Epsilon Euskadi) continued his good form to take sixth, while KTR's Paul Edwards made a big improvement from his race one qualifying session to set the seventh best time.
It was a tough qualifying for Finnish rookie Heikki Kovalainen (Gabord Competition), who struggled with a brake problem and was 19th fastest. Gene's Campos team-mate Santi Porteiro was even more unlucky as his car broke down in the pitlane and he failed to set a time.