ETCC: Budapest Qualifying

Fabrizio Giovanardi gave Alfa Romeo pole position for the Euro STC rounds at Hungaroring. On the occasion of International Super Touring maiden race at Budapest, the "Alfista" produced an absolutely perfect lap, stopping the watches at 1:42.620,...

Fabrizio Giovanardi gave Alfa Romeo pole position for the Euro STC rounds at Hungaroring. On the occasion of International Super Touring maiden race at Budapest, the "Alfista" produced an absolutely perfect lap, stopping the watches at 1:42.620, which is by far the new tin-tops record for the track home of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

"I'm very pleased - Giovanardi said - because I've never seen the circuit before. Euro STC's rules don't give us much time to practice and once you have to drive on a track you don't know, it's not easy to find the best set-up in time for qualifying. But the team was quite quick to learn and we found a good balance for the car."

Second on the grid, will line-up Peter Kox, whose time was only 74 hundredths of a second slower than Giovanardi's.

"When Fabrizio set his time - the Dutchman declared - I was sure it was well beyond my possibilities. But then I had a clear lap, or I better say... almost clear. Indeed in the two final bends, firstly I've got some gravel brought in on the track from an Alfa, and then I had to overtake Morbidelli. Those were not critical moments, but slowed me down enough to lost those 74 hundredths."

Roberto Colciago, who won race-one at Monza, was fastest in the morning practice, but placed third in qualifying.

"After the times set this morning - he admitted - I dreamed about the pole, but it looks like there's always something wrong that spoil my quickest laps. This time too, I've been slowed down by traffic, but honestly I can't say if could have beaten Giovanardi's and Kox's times."

Nicola Larini and Gianluca De Lorenzi qualified their Alfa 156s on 4th and 5th spots of the grid, while Gianni Morbidelli proved the fastest BMW driver and will take the start from 6th.

"I'm disappointed - the former F1 driver said - because we came here with much greater ambitions. But we had a lot of set-up problems; indeed, our cars were affected by a lot of oversteering while normally on this track you have to work to reduce understeering."

QUALIFYING RESULTS <pre> 1. Fabrizio Giovanardi (I) Alfa Romeo Nordauto Alfa Romeo 156 1:42.620 139.30 kmh 2. Peter Kox (NL) JAS Engineering Honda Accord 1:42.694 + 0.074 3. Roberto Colciago (I) AGS Motorsport Audi A4 Quattro 1:43.012 + 0.392 4. Nicola Larini (I) Alfa Romeo Nordauto Alfa Romeo 156 1:43.247 + 0.627 5. Gianluca De Lorenzi (I) Nordauto Engineering Alfa Romeo 156 1:43.306 + 0.686 6. Gianni Morbidelli BMW Team CiBiEmme BMW 320i E36 1:43.711 + 1.091 7. Emanuele Naspetti (I) BMW Team CiBiEmme BMW 320i E36 1:43.797 + 1.177 8. Andrej Studenic (SK) National Team Slovakia Audi A4 Quattro 1:44.494 + 1.874 9. Stefano Gabellini (I) Christy's Team BMW 320i E36 1:45.209 + 2.589 10. Sandro Sardelli (I) Team Isert BMW 320i E36 1:45.467 + 2.847 11. Massimo Pigoli (I) Christy's Team BMW 320i E36 1:45.619 + 2.999 12. Andrzej Dziurka (PL) Alda Motorsport Audi A4 Quattro 1:45.882 + 3.262 13. Moreno Soli (I) Soli Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 1:46.340 + 3.720 14. Stefano Bonello (I) AGS Motorsport Audi A4 Quattro 1:46.444 + 3.824 15. Romana Bernardoni (I) Nordauto Engineering Alfa Romeo 156 1:47.475 + 4.855 16. Maciej Stanco (PL) Alda Motorsport Alfa Romeo 155 Ts 1:50.838 + 8.218 </pre> www.eurostc.com

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Series General
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Peter Kox , Emanuele Naspetti , Gianni Morbidelli , Nicola Larini , Roberto Colciago , Stefano Gabellini