Baptista Takes Porsche Cup Pole At Curitiba

With points leader Ricardo Rosset absent, and the rain playing its part at Curitiba, Ricardo Baptista scored his first Brazilian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge pole of the season.

With the qualifying session following Friday's running in the same changeable conditions the 2007 champion headed the grid with a lap of 1:31.881 to head a top six covered by less than a second.

“It’s very rare to have so many workouts with only a wet track,” commented Baptista. “It was good to train and get used to the rain. At the end of training, the track improved and the car aquaplaned not so much.”

Daniel Paludo took the second spot on the front row, despite starting with the disadvantage of not having participated in Thursday's practice sessions, with third fastest Marcelo Franco perhaps the man most at home with the slippery track, putting his rallying experience to the best possible use.

The final man in the top six, Cristiano Piquet, claimed the fastest time in the first part of qualifying, falling to sixth in the second part of the session where the top ten drivers competed for pole position.

Tomorrow's (Saturday's) race day will pit the field against each other in a pair of races of 25 minutes, plus a lap.