April 5, 2014

Q3 Update – Pietsch & Balestri fastest again

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The third & penultimate round of qualifying was a repeat of Q2 in terms of TQ runs with Robert Pietsch’s Mugen again topping 1:8 while Dario Balestri’s Capricorn set the pace once more in touring cars.  Posting the fastest time of the three qualifiers, Pietsch also took the round by the biggest margin so far as he outpaced Alberto Picco by .573 of a second.  Having been fastest in practice, Shepherd’s Simon Kurzbuch finally got a clean run in to post the 3rd fastest time followed by team-mate Oliver Mack.  Having TQ’d the opening qualifier Lamberto Collari was on another strong run until an exhaust spring broke and he was forced to pull off on his final lap leaving him 10th for the round.  Collari is the only one now that can challenge Pietsch for the overall TQ honours in the fourth & final qualifier this evening at Melzo.

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1:10 was a similar story as Balestri too took a more convincing TQ run this time over Eric Dankel, the separation being 1.596 seconds. Still holding the fastest 4-minute pace, set when he TQ’d yesterday’s opening qualifier, Teemu Leino was third fastest. Having suffered engine problems in Q2, new Shepherd signing Dirk Wischnewski enjoyed his best run as he posted the 4th fastest time with Luca Redaelli and Dominic Greiner completing the Top 6.  Like 1:8 the result means the battle for the overall TQ of the inaugural Euro Nitro Series season opener with be a two way battle in Q4 between Balestri and World Championship Top Qualifier Leino.

1:8 Q3 times – Top 10
1. Robert Pietsch – Mugen/Picco – 14/4:14.537
2. Alberto Picco – Mugen/Picco – 14/4:15.110
3. Simon Kurzbuch – Shepherd/Novarossi – 14/4:15.968
4. Oliver Mack – Shepherd/Sonic – 14/4:16.747
5. Andrea Pirani – WRC/OS – 14/4:17.293
6. Kyle Branson – Capricorn/XRD – 14/4:17.441
7. Daniele Ielasi – BMT/RB – 14/4:17.466
8. Michael Salven – Serpent/Picco – 14/4:18.041
9. Francesco Tironi – Shepherd/Novarossi – 13/4:18.402
10.Lamberto Collari – Mugen/OS – 13/3:58.183

1:10 200mm Q3 times – Top 10
1. Dario Balestri – Capricorn/XRD – 13/4:17.963
2. Eric Dankel – Capricorn/Maxima – 13/4:19.559
3. Teemu Leino – HB/Novarossi – 13/4:19.680
4. Dirk Wischnewski – Shepherd/Orcan – 13/4:20.212
5. Luca Redaelli – Xray/Picco – 12/4:00.549
6. Dominic Greiner – Serpent/Picco – 12/4:01.539
7. Francesco Tironi – Shepherd/Novarossi – 12/4:01.632
8. Mark Green – Serpent/Novarossi – 12/4:03.624
9. Michael Derderian – Xray/Gimar – 12/4:05.394
10.Gerhard Kandelhart – Shepherd/Orcan – 12/4:05.935

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