GP2 Series

Both Coloni Cars Qualify In Top Five At Spa

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Scuderia Coloni will begin the GP2 feature race at Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow with both cars inside the top five on the grid.

Luca Filippi was in the fight for pole throughout the session, ending up second on the grid after easing off for yellow flags at the end of the session.

“Being on the front row again is great, but on the other side I’m also a bit frustrated because pole was really in our reach today,” said the Italian. “The track was improving and I was on a flyer when the yellow flags came out, I was much quicker than in the previous lap.

“Anyway we have a lot to be happy with, the car was quick in both our tries, and this means that we took the right direction with the balance. Starting from front row should help us to stay away from troubles tomorrow, and then we should have the pace to aim for the win.”

Teammate Michael Herck scored his best qualifying result of the year by bagging fifth on the grid.

“The team was perfect today, we did really a great job even if the day was a strange one,” said the Belgian-Romanian. “In the morning the track was damp and we had just three laps on the dry, but despite this we were quick from scratch.

“Then in qualifying the conditions were really bad, but we took some good decisions with the set-up and then every change we did improved the car. The yellows at the end of the session were a pity, I could have improved my laptime by as much as one second.”

Team boss Paolo Coloni added: “Again the team did an amazing job, making the right choices with the cars’ setup even if the weather didn’t make it easy. The drivers deserve to be praised also. With Luca we are getting used to front row starts, which is not bad at all, and it’s great to see Michael in such a good shape, quick both on the dry and on the wet. Obviously we know that there’s still a lot to do, but we have some very good feelings looking to tomorrow.”

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