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Nurburgring: Series qualifying report

Untouchable Glock Blasts to Home Pole Timo Glock began to put two hugely disappointing weekends behind him this afternoon, as he stormed to a dominant pole position at his home track, the Nurburgring. Having set the quickest wet lap in a ...

Untouchable Glock Blasts to Home Pole

Timo Glock began to put two hugely disappointing weekends behind him this afternoon, as he stormed to a dominant pole position at his home track, the Nurburgring. Having set the quickest wet lap in a disrupted practice session earlier in the day, the iSport International driver was in imperious form on a dry track this afternoon to score his first points since Magny-Cours. The pace-setter in the dry part of practice, Lucas di Grassi, took second spot for ART Grand Prix leaving us with the top two in the championship on the front row for tomorrow's race. Giorgio Pantano took third position for Campos Grand Prix.

Qualifying Report: Under gloriously sunny skies, the drivers embarked on their first real dry session of the weekend. Timo was immediately on the pace, setting a 1:42.302 on his first lap to lead his rivals. Luca Filippi however left his first run a few minutes longer, and popped in a 1:42.075 with five minutes of the session having elapsed. Moments later it was Timo who again proved to be the faster man and as the first third of the session wound down, he led Pastor Maldonado and Mike Conway by 0.020 and 0.021 respectively.

Five minutes later and Lucas was out on a flyer for his second run of the afternoon, and went top with a 1:41.597. Seeing the pace of the Brazilian, Timo went back out again, improving his time to a 1:41.469. He would not be headed again.

With ten minutes to go, Timo led Lucas and Giorgio, but in an unexpected turn Arden International's Adrian Zaugg flew into third position. Timo's team-mate Andi Zuber was pushing to compete for top spot, but his oversteering iSport soon wound up bumping across the gravel. Although he would improve his time on the next lap he would have to settle for the third row.

As the final seconds wound down, Timo was back out and on a mission to prove a point, which he did with consummate aplomb, wiping half a second off his previous best to take a dominant pole position with a 1:40.977. With Lucas secure in second, Giorgio retook third position on his final run, leaving Adrian fourth, Andi in fifth and Kazuki Nakajima again impressing with sixth.

1st Timo Glock: iSport International.1:40.977

After the last two weekends with scoring only two points it's good to be back at the front, on pole, and score two points: it's good for the championship. And it's good, against Lucas di Grassi and Giorgio Pantano: they are both quite strong in the races and don't make too many mistakes.

2nd Lucas di Grassi : ART Grand Prix. +0.560

I think we are back now on the pace, and it was a good fight with Timo on the first set of tyres. We were really close, and he did a very good job on the second set and could do a very fast lap, so I just have to congratulate him and his team for getting pole at his home track.

3rd Giorgio Pantano : Campos Grand Prix. +0.696

I am happy today with third place: I'm in the clear place to start, and I'm sure it will be a good race tomorrow for us. I'm sure we've got a good car for the race, better than for qualifying, and I'm quite sure that we will make a good start tomorrow.

-credit: gp2 series

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Series GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Mike Conway , Timo Glock , Lucas di Grassi , Pastor Maldonado , Adrian Zaugg , Kazuki Nakajima
Teams ART Grand Prix , Arden International