ETCC: Series Franciacorta qualifying report

THOMPSON CLAIMS POLE IN CLOSE QUALIFYING James Thompson completed a clean sweep in the first two days of the FIA European Touring Car Cup's final meeting. The Briton, who had been fastest in the four earlier test and practice sessions claimed ...

THOMPSON CLAIMS POLE IN CLOSE QUALIFYING

James Thompson completed a clean sweep in the first two days of the FIA European Touring Car Cup's final meeting. The Briton, who had been fastest in the four earlier test and practice sessions claimed pole position at Franciacorta during this afternoon's qualifying.

Thompson and his Hartmann Racing Honda Accord car set a provisional fastest lap of 1:15.892 on their first run, five minutes into the session. Less than ten minutes later they encored, bettering the fastest time with a 1:15.512.

It was not a useless effort, because his closest rivals Michel Nykjær and Tomas Engstrom were going faster and faster lap after lap. At the wheel of his SUNRED SEAT Leon TDI Nykjær managed to improve four times, going down from 1:16.908 to 1:15.642, which was enough to secure a front-row starting position, only one tenth off the pole.

Engstrom in his Honda Accord never gave up and improved his time by half-a-second, claiming the third spot on the grid. The Swede's first attempt was a 1:16.598 and his last a 1:16.152.

Thompson's team-mate Wolfgang Treml secured the fourth starting position, while the Turkish duo of Ibrahim Okyay and Aytac Biter will share the fourth row.

Serbian racer Vojislav Lekic topped the Super Production with a lap of 1:21.541 in his Honda Civic. His Italian rival Fabio Fabiani spun in the late stages while trying to recover.

The Ford Fiesta of Carsten Seifert set the fastest lap in the Super 1600 class (1:22.390), beating German countrymen Charlie Geipel and Jens Lohnig.

RIKLI'S QUALIFYING TIMES DISALLOWED

Swiss races Peter Rikli had all his qualifying times disallowed by the Stewards as his Honda Civic car failed to comply with the ride height. Rikli who had qualified seventh, will be therefore demoted to the back of the grid for tomorrow's Race 1 alongside his team-mate Jorg Schori who did not match with the qualification maxima.

-source: wtcc

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