Continuing on where he left off in timed practice Leo Arnold took the opening qualifier in Bologna ahead of the closely matched Infinity pairing of Jilles Groskamp and Teemu Leino. Alessio Mazzeo was 4th, despite running out of fuel, with Thilo Todtmann putting in a clean 4-minutes to take 5th. Describing his run as ‘pretty clean’ Arnold said he had only one slide and continued to compliment his new Xray saying the ‘car was perfect’, Xray seeming to make a big leap in performance with their 2019 car. Commenting that he needs ‘just one or two more good runs’ the French man’s plan for tomorrow’s remaining 3 qualifiers is to ‘leave the car as is’.
‘I’m ok with 2nd’ was how Groskamp summed up his first qualifier, continuing by saying ‘I came out of the pitlane ahead of both Mazzeo and Leo so it wasn’t so nice to have that pressure from the very start’. Admitting to having some mistakes during the run the Infinity driver said ‘It was clear during the run that Leo was faster’ and with Mazzeo flaming out late in the run he declared himself ‘lucky to get 2nd’. Looking to tomorrow, Jilles plans a change to a new stiffer chassis plate as the one on his car is from last year’s Worlds in Miami and a fresher chassis might improve things.
Taking 3rd spot, only 2 tenths back on his team mate, Teemu Leino complained that his car ‘just wasn’t there’, the problem being too much understeer. Not understanding why it had changed so drastically the Finn believes it could have been the tires or even the changing track but either way he will make changes to the setup of his IF15 to try dial back in more steering.
Mazzeo was on pace to take a top 2 finish before running out of fuel on the last lap. Asked about the unusual flameout the Xray driver admitted that the fuel gun was not completely empty, declaring it ‘a little mistake’. Despite the problem the Italian was very happy with his car, declaring that ‘everything’s good’. The trio of Shepherds remained closely match through qualifying with Thilo Todtmann emerging out on top of the intra team battle with Eduardo Escandon in 6th and Melvin Diekmann in 7th.