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06/29/07
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Glock wins GP2 pole at Magny Cours
Timo Glock has claimed pole position for tomorrow's first race by just one tenth of a second from teammate Andi Zuber and Bruno Senna in a frantic qualifying session at the Circuit Magny Cours.

The German's late charge to set a lap of 1:21.895 stole the top spot from Zuber, who had been fast throughout the session and had looked comfortable at the top of the table, and helped claim iSport's second 1-2 in qualifying this year, following on from their equal effort in Barcelona.

The session started with a bang, literally, when Vitaly Petrov and Luca Filippi came together at the Adelaide hairpin on their outlap. Both drivers limped back to the pits, but while Petrov was soon back on track after the misunderstanding the Italian was less lucky, having suffered serious suspension problems on his right front. While he managed to get back out in the latter stages of the session, he was unable to push hard and finished 16th, which will almost guarantee that he loses his current second position in the championship standings.

As with this morning's free practice the top spot on the timesheet changed hands rapidly in the early stages of qualifying, with Ernesto Viso, Giorgio Pantano and Lucas di Grassi swapping fastest times, while Glock, Senna and Karun Chandhok were all in the neighbourhood timewise.

Di Grassi was the man to take the fastest lap so far with him as he joined most of the field in the pits for a tyre change, and it looked as though the ART driver was happy with his car after as a result of the recent Paul Ricard test, but his rivals were about to break the Brazilian's hearts as first Pantano, then Senna, then Zuber and finally Glock put themselves on top.

In the closing minutes Glock had a colossal fight on his hands: Pantano was fast but got caught in traffic, Zuber set the fastest first sector time but couldn't quite hold on in sector three, whiledi Grassi closed up on them all but had to be satisfied to slot onto the second row just behind countryman Senna but ahead of Pantano.

Once again there was nothing between most of the drivers: the first fifteen were covered by one second, with all bar one driver within two seconds of pole, all of whom were ahead of last year's pole time of 1:23.911. While the threatened rain held off for qualifying it is anyone's guess what will happen meteorologically tomorrow, although the pace all through the field guarantees a fierce battle in tomorrow's race.

Results

Pos  Driver         Team                      Time               Laps
 1.  Glock          iSport International      1:21.895            13
 2.  Zuber          iSport International      1:21.997  + 0.102   14
 3.  Senna          Arden International       1:22.255  + 0.360   9
 4.  Di Grassi      ART Grand Prix            1:22.295  + 0.400   12
 5.  Pantano        Campos Grand Prix         1:22.441  + 0.546   13
 6.  Rodriguez      Minardi Piquet Sports     1:22.536  + 0.641   16
 7.  Maldonado      Trident Racing            1:22.551  + 0.656   15
 8.  Zaugg          Arden International       1:22.722  + 0.827   12
 9.  Nakajima       DAMS                      1:22.756  + 0.861   13
10.  Lapierre       DAMS                      1:22.758  + 0.863   12
11.  Conway         Super Nova International  1:22.796  + 0.901   13
12.  Ammermuller    ART Grand Prix            1:22.798  + 0.903   12
13.  Villa          Racing Engineering        1:22.809  + 0.914   14
14.  Carroll        FMS International         1:22.827  + 0.932   15
15.  Negrao         Minardi Piquet Sports     1:22.895  + 1.000   14
16.  Filippi        Super Nova International  1:22.932  + 1.037   11
17.  Petrov         Campos Grand Prix         1:22.957  + 1.062   14
18.  Soucek         DPR                       1:23.011  + 1.116   14
19.  Viso           Racing Engineering        1:23.028  + 1.133   15
20.  Garcia         Durango                   1:23.031  + 1.136   13
21.  Yamamoto       BCN Competicion           1:23.031  + 1.136   11
22.  Hirate         Trident Racing            1:23.461  + 1.566   14
23.  Chandhok       Durango                   1:23.518  + 1.623   6
24.  Tung           BCN Competicion           1:23.692  + 1.797   12
25.  Bakkerud       DPR                       1:23.922  + 2.027   15
26.  Tahinci        FMS International         1:24.154  + 2.259   15

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