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Fabrizio Giovanardi Takes Pole Position For ETC Cup

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Fabrizio Giovanardi has taken pole position for the European Touring Car Cup at the Salzburgring in Austria, beating nearest rival Pepe Oriola by a tenth of a second in qualifying.

Giovanardi (Hartmann Honda) and Oriola (SUNRED SEAT) traded top spot throughout the first half of the session, which began on a damp but drying track.

At the halfway mark Giovanardi was on top, just as the rain began to come down again. This allowed the Italian to hold on to top spot with Oriola unable to improve his time.

Tomas Engstrom was third in his Honda Accord, just under a second away from Giovanardi. Ibrahim Okyay was fourth in his BMW, two and a half seconds away from pole. He was just over a tenth quicker than fellow BMW driver Mehdi Bennani. Giovanardi's teammate Wolfgang Treml was sixth, ahead of Jens-Guido Weimann and Peter Rikli.

Michel Nykjaer spent much of the session in the garage while his team replaced the starter on his Chevrolet Cruze. By the time he got out onto the track the rain had begun, leaving him down in 11th and the last of the Super 2000 runners.

In 12th overall was the top Super 1600 entrant Thomas Muhlenz in his LPG-powered Ford Fiesta. Just behind him was Aleksander Tosic, the top Super Production driver in his Honda Civic.

Qualifying results:

Pos Class Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 S2000 Fabrizio Giovanardi Honda Accord Euro R 1:30.612   11
2 S2000 Pepe Oriola SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 1:30.716 0.104 8
3 S2000 Tomas Engstrom Honda Accord Euro R 1:31.538 0.926 9
4 S2000 Ibrahim Okyay BMW 320si 1:33.307 2.695 10
5 S2000 Mehdi Bennani BMW 320si 1:33.420 2.808 11
6 S2000 Wolfgang Treml Honda Accord Euro R 1:33.849 3.237 10
7 S2000 Jens-Guido Weimann BMW 320si 1:34.917 4.305 6
8 S2000 Peter Rikli Honda Civic FD 1:36.270 5.658 9
9 S2000 Andreas Kast Audi A4 1:38.105 7.493 9
10 S2000 Christian Fischer Honda Accord Euro R 1:38.931 8.319 8
11 S2000 Michel Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:40.862 10.250 5
12 S1600 Thomas Muhlenz Ford Fiesta ST (LPG) 1:44.213 13.601 8
13 SP Aleksandar Tosic Honda Civic Type-R 1:44.592 13.980 8
14 S1600 Ulrike Krafft Ford Fiesta 1.6 16V 1:45.272 14.660 8
15 S1600 Igor Skuz Ford Fiesta 1.6 16V 1:45.530 14.918 10
16 S1600 Klaus Bingler Ford Fiesta ST 1:48.749 18.137 6
17 S1600 Erwin Lukas Ford Fiesta ST 1:52.270 21.658 4
18 SP Fabio Fabiani BMW 320i E46 1:55.261 24.649 10
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