Dominic Greiner and Simon Kurzbuch are the top seeds for qualifying at the season finale of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series after they topped the two rounds of controlled practice at Fiorano. Fastest in free practice, Greiner repeated the feat in the seeding runs but with a significantly slower time over the 3-consecutive laps. Having had a 6/10th advantage, his rivals closed the gap in controlled practice with the Xray of Alessio Mazzeo going second fastest only 1/10th off the Serpent driver. Infinity’s Teemu Leino completed the Top 3 with Eric Dankel’s Mugen making it four different manufacturers in the mix at the front. Championship leader Jilles Groskamp was next up with the fifth fastest time. Fourth fastest in free practice Kurzbuch put his Shepherd top of the times ahead of Carmine Raiola, the Infinity driver fastest in CP1. Controlled practice would also see Kurzbuch’s main title rival Dario Balestri move up with the Infinity driver completing the Top 3 ahead of free practice pace setter Robert Pietsch. For the third of the potential champions, Toni Gruber, practice ended with the WRC driver dropping to seventh quickest.
Chasing a hat trick of ENS wins at Fiorano, Greiner summed up his controlled practice runs as ‘so, so’. The German added, ‘we tried a few things on the car and it was nothing better so we will go back to when the car was fastest in free practice. We must leave with this, it is not a problem though because the car is very good’. Mazzeo who could influence the championship outcome by winning or finishing in between Greiner and Groskamp was pleased with his pace in controlled practice saying, ‘2nd behind Dominic is really good. I’m happy with everything’. Trying a different diff in the final practice, the Italian said, ‘It was good to go back to what we had before for Q1’. An upbeat Groskamp summed up the completion of practice by saying, ‘It was super close, especially in the second run. I was 3/10ths off in the first one but now I am 3/100ths. I’m very happy to be close now and with tis package we can fight for sure. We found steering. It still is not enough but I won’t change for the first qualifier and will just go for a clean run’.
Kurzbuch was happy to be back at the top of the time sheets explaining he had an issue with second gear changing too late in CP1.The Swiss ace said, ‘we fit a new second gear for the second one and got the adjustment 95% right so we should have it perfect for Q1’.In terms of his car set-up, he said, ‘I could use a bit more front grip but I think this is the same for everyone’.Confident for qualifying, the opening round taking place this evening he did express concern over traffic saying, ‘with 11 cars in the heat I hope there is not too much traffic and everyone gives each other room’.Balestri summed up his improvement with ‘we are on the way’.The Italian, who is twice Top Qualifier in Fiorano but yet to take a 1:8 win, said, ‘we are still trying to get the same speed as before.The track and tyres changed again from free practice. I had understeering before and now we’re working to get more corner speed but we are going in the right direction’.Gruber put his P7 time down to not getting three good laps together, the WRC driver adding, ‘the car is good and it’s ready for qualifying’.