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Kuppens, one hand on the European title

An amazing lap of 2'15"744 by Renaud Kuppens saw him seize his first pole of the season.

The provisional championship leader takes his lead over Giorgio Sernagiotto back to 20 with pole position after he had Sernagiotto had nicked one back in Race 1 qualifying. The Konvex Racing driver took lots of time out of his rivals in this session. The fastest of the chasing pack was Riccardo Romagnoli, .647 down. On row two will be Andrea Dromedari (Swiss Team) and Ange Barde, once again among the leaders. Dromedari's strategy differed to the rest as he opted to wait until the session was nearly over before setting his time.

Fifth went to Riccardo Ragazzi and Fabio Venier, who kept the gap to the man in pole to below two seconds. Behind them is Alessandro Chionna (AF Corse) and Giuseppe Fascicolo, suffering from flu but battling on regardless.

Mathijs Bakker - one of the quickest over the first half of the track - and Richard Denny, again, occupied the remaining top ten places. Eleventh went to Samuele Buttarelli, racing with Stefano Garelli this time out, who beat Adrien De Leener.

The Belgian is the first of five drivers bunched within a second of each other. The last of the group is Shinici Katsura, the Japanese journalist sharing the Bowers & Wilkins VIP car with Christian Gebhardt.

Sernagiotto, a third pole gives him hope

Giorgio Sernagiotto has claimed pole position in Race 1. Thanks to the extra point he earned he is now just 19 points off overall leader Renaud Kuppens.

The Veneto-based driver was the quickest in the twenty-minute session, stopping the clock at 2'15"501, .105 faster than Konvex Racing's Belgian representative. The dual between the top two lasted for the entire session and was a sign of things to come tomorrow.

A little further back are Max Pigoli and Ange Barde, two and three tenths off pole. Both will be trying to trouble the lead drivers, especially Pigoli as he will be out to collect as many points as possible for his team mate, Dromedari. The third row slots will be filled by Sbirrazzuoli (AF Corse) and Alan Simoni, another driver, together with Riccardo Ragazzi, going for the European title. Seventh on the grid and driving below the level he displayed in free practice was Riccardo Romagnoli. Andrea Gardelli will be Romagnoli's partner this weekend.

The final top-ten slots went to German journalist Christian Gebhardt, in the Bowers & Wilkins VIP car, and Adrien De Leener, who qualified in the top ten for the first time.

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