EU V6: Magny-Cours Friday qualifying notes

Double Pole For Mondini Qualifying 1 (Bright, dry track). So far this season, we've had a new face on pole for each race. After Kerr and Bell got things started at Monza, with Sharp and Belicchi following suit at Valencia (after Pasini's penalty...

Double Pole For Mondini

Qualifying 1 (Bright, dry track). So far this season, we've had a new face on pole for each race. After Kerr and Bell got things started at Monza, with Sharp and Belicchi following suit at Valencia (after Pasini's penalty lost him the pole), it's now Mondini's (EuroInternational) turn to lead the pack. Since the start of the season he's been mixing it at the front, this being the fifth time he'll be setting off from one of the first two rows on the grid. The Italian driver clearly intends to be in the running for the title.

Behind him comes Belicchi (AFC Motorsport), another old hand in the series, who definitely seems to have found his rhythm. The same could be said for Jani (Dams), who starts the Grand Race in third place, followed by championship leader Ryan Sharp, driving here for the first time ever. Other excellent performances in this session came from Van Lagen (Interwetten.com), Proetto (EuroInternational) and Martinez Leon (Cram Competition), who start right behind the lead four in tomorrow's race, which is looking more open than ever.

Qualifying 2 (Cloudy, wet track). The roll-call for the second session was missing one name: Danielsson. The Swedish driver's car suffered damage in qualifying 1, and while his team mates was up and running, his mechanics were putting his car back into shape. Meanwhile, the other drivers hearts were lifted by the drying track, with Mondini and Proetto (EuroInternational) immediately taking the fastest lap times and continuing their battle right up to the chequered flag. Elsewhere, Kerr (Victory Eng.SpA) had definitely found his footing in France, putting in a second fastest time. In the closing minutes Proetto put his name at the top of the timing chart, only for his team mate Mondini then Lorgere Roux (Dams) to go one better. In the end the top spot went to Mondini, the Italian taking both of the weekend's pole positions in an outstanding performance which only Lopez and Gommendy managed in 2003. Avanti Giorgio!

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