Montagny achieves his first 2003 pole position. Frenchman Franck Montagny was in sensational form in the first qualifying session of the Superfund World Series by Nissan, taking pole position for the opening round at Jarama on Sunday by just...
Montagny achieves his first 2003 pole position.
Frenchman Franck Montagny was in sensational form in the first qualifying session of the Superfund World Series by Nissan, taking pole position for the opening round at Jarama on Sunday by just over a quarter of a second.
The Gabord Competition driver set his best lap of 1m22.605s on his second flying lap, and it proved to be enough to keep him ahead of a pack in which the top 10 was covered by only 0.8s.
"It is a good result, but it will even better if we can do the same in the afternoon session," said Montagny. "We didn't run new tyres this morning and the track was very different to Friday when we last tried fresh rubber. I didn't do well on my first run, but I knew the car was able to do it."
Former Arrows Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi was delighted to set the second quickest time, and take his first front row starting slot since the Barcelona Formula 3000 race of 2000.
The RC Motorsport driver said: "For my first World Series qualifying this is a positive result. The car is running well and I'm happy to start on the first row. I have only done the two official test and I am still learning the set-up of the cars, I'm very happy with the team and the series organisers for giving me the chance to do this race."
Bernoldi's RC team-mate Polo Villaamil was third fastest, his best ever World Series qualifying result, which was a great effort considering the damage he did to his car when he crashed during Friday practice.
He said: "The guys did an excellent job. They stayed until 2am last night to get the car ready so it's great to get this result for them. I ended last season with a podium in Brazil, so I feel I'm in good form at the moment."
Carlin Motorsport continued its impressive form for its first World Series race, with driver Narain Karthikeyan and Bruce Jouanny setting the fourth and fifth best times. Epsilon Euskadi's Ander Vilarino will start sixth, ahead of Austrian Norbert Siedler (Superfund Zele Racing) and the second Epsilon car of Jean Christophe Ravier, the pacesetter in morning practice.
Marc Gene (Adrian Campos Racing) was ninth, Racing Engineering's Bas Leinders completed the top 10.