Valencia: Saturday report

Kovalainen Dominates in Valencia Heikki Kovalainen kept up his domination of Valencia this weekend by taking his second pole position of the day in preparation for tomorrow's World Series by Nissan races. This time the Finn edged out title...

Kovalainen Dominates in Valencia

Heikki Kovalainen kept up his domination of Valencia this weekend by taking his second pole position of the day in preparation for tomorrow's World Series by Nissan races.

This time the Finn edged out title rival Tiago Monteiro by 0.102 seconds to complete the day's clean sweep for the new Pons Racing team. Kovalainen wasn't the fastest in any of the three sectors on the track, and admitted that his lap "wasn't fantastic, just OK. It's been going pretty well," he added. "Neither session has been easy and I've had a close fight in both. In the second session I went out on old tyres, everything felt OK so then I went for it on new tyres and put a reasonable lap in. This is great for the team, which has worked and improved so much since the first round at Jarama."

Portuguese Monteiro planted his Carlin Motorsport car alongside Kovalainen, making up for his disappointment earlier in the day, while Jean-Christophe Ravier kept up his form with the Epsilon Euskadi team to take a fine third.

A last-lap improvement enabled Argentina's Juan Cruz Alvarez to pip Indian Narain Karthikeyan to fourth, while Adrian Valles completed the top six and was the best-placed Spaniard.

Like the first session, this one was also red-flagged, this time after Enrique Bernoldi spun and got stranded on the track. He ended up eighth. Tomas Kostka also spun into the gravel but rejoined. Meanwhile, the KTR team rebuilt Didier Andre's car after his first-session crash and got the Frenchman back on track.

It was the turn of Milos Pavlovic this time in World Series Lights, Vergani Formula's Yugoslavian driver beating first-session polewinner Simon Abadie to the fastest time. Matteo Pellegrino and Celso Miguez will start from the second row.

Belgian Michael Herck took another Formula Junior pole position, with Giacomo Ricci and Marco Barba next up. This trio then fought throughout a thrilling 12-lap race. Barba got the jump on poleman Herck and held on despite constant pressure. Just as the race was building to a great finish the safety car came out with less than two laps to go due to a car stuck on the track. Ricci was close behind Barba and Herck all the way, while Dani Clos headed the battle for fourth.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Didier André , Narain Karthikeyan , Tiago Monteiro , Heikki Kovalainen , Adrian Valles , Jean-Christophe Ravier , Juan Cruz Alvarez , Michael Herck , Simon Abadie , Celso Miguez , Milos Pavlovic , Tomas Kostka , Giacomo Ricci , Dani Clos , Marco Barba
Teams Carlin