Getting off to the best possible start to regain his ENS title, Simon Kurzbuch has taking the bonus TQ point here in Italy as the only person who could take that away from him, Dario Balestri, was unable to better the time of his Swiss counterpart despite taking the final round. Dominic Greiner would take 2nd for the round to seal 4th overall on the grid, while starting ahead of him will be Carmine Raiola who was unable to better his Q1 and 2 results. Robert Pietsch will set off for tomorrow’s 45 minute A-main from 5th, ahead of fellow World Champion Lamberto Collari, who starts his home race in 6th. Simon, who took the TQ on tie break due to his blistering Q3 run, said he pushed hard at the start of Q4 to be in a position to respond to Dario but receiving the information over the radio from his father that the Infinity driver wouldn’t be able to beat him, he pulled off the track. Checking the forecast for tomorrow he will prepare his car as normal and maybe make some small changes if any rain is expected.
Starting 2nd despite 2 TQ runs, Balestri simply said it was super hot and therefore he was unable to improve. Asked whether he can take the race to Simon tomorrow, the World Champion and current ENS Champion replied that he ‘absolutely’ has the pace to compete the Simon, continuing that the ‘car is easy and stable to drive, perfect for the final’.
Carmine Raiola had a difficult Q3 and with his results from Q1 and Q2 locking him into 3rd spot, he used Q4 to run-in a new conrod in preparation for tomorrow’s main event. The Infinity driver says he’s now ready for the final and will ‘see tomorrow how it goes’. Asked about tire stops, the Bologna track particularly heavy on right side tires, the Italian replied that most of his competitors will do at least 2 stops and so he will look to see if he can do just a single stop.
Having started qualifying in the worst possible way, being taken out, Saturday’s 3 qualifiers showed marked improvement for the former 1/10th World Champion Dominic Greiner. Ending qualifying with a 2nd, the German simply said ‘only 1/10th behind Dario, not so bad for a 1/10 driver’. Admitting to be being somewhat confused when Kurzbuch opened the door to let him through, he made some small mistakes but overall is very pleased with his Serpent 988 commenting that ‘the car is getting better as it gets hotter’.
Robert Pietsch used Q4 to test some setup changes but admitted afterwards that it had not worked out. Planning to revert to his Q3 setup for the final, he mentioned as others have that when running close behind another car that you lose front grip and so if you steer more to compensate you in turn lose speed on the straight making it very difficult to pass. Another to comment on the large tire wear, the 2011 WC believes that after 15 minutes the outside tires are finished and so we should expect 2 stops.
In the 40+ class, it was Andrea Hachler who took Q1 and 3 to take the overall class TQ ahead of Shepherd driver Andreas Giesa from Germany in 2nd, while reigning class champion Arie Manten from the Netherlands will start his title defence from 3rd.