Lopez and Friesacher claim top five starts at Silverstone

Jose Maria Lopez, driving for the Coloni Motorsport-managed CMS Performance team, will start tomorrow's sixth round of the FIA Formula 3000 International Championship at Silverstone in fourth position on the grid after narrowly edging out Coloni's Austrian ace Patrick Friesacher.

Mathias Lauda, the son of three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, will start in 13th position in the second CMS entry after his hopes of setting a faster time were dashed when he lost four-tenths of a second on his quickest lap when he had to slow for yellow flags.

Turkish rookie Can Artam was prevented from taking part in the British Grand Prix support race in the second Coloni-run car after race officials ruled he should serve a one-race ban for a driving indiscretion in the last round at Magny-Cours a week ago.

"The times were very close today and I am pleased we have two cars in the top five for the second race running," said team principal Paolo Coloni. "It proves we are continuing to make good progress and I am quite happy after qualifying.

"I think we could have gone quicker with Patrick but it was difficult as he has only recently joined the team which means we have not been able to test here with him and Silverstone is a very technical and demanding track," Coloni said. "But I am confident we have a strong set up for the race."

The 33-lap race takes place tomorrow (Saturday). <pre> Provisional qualifying times: 1 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Arden) 1m36.90s 2 Enrico Toccacelo (BCN) 1m36.98s 3 Tomas Enge (Ma-Con) 1m37.02s 4 Jose Maria Lopez (CMS) 1m37.21s 5 Patrick Friesacher (Coloni) 1m37.27s 6 Raffaele Gianmaria (AEZ) 1m37.49s 13 Mathias Lauda (CMS) 1m38.33s