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DATE News (chronologically)
07/20/07
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Glock takes pole in home country
Timo Glock has put his championship aspirations back on track by claiming a dominant pole position for tomorrow’s race one in front of his home fans at the Nurburgring.

The German looked strong throughout the session before shutting down challenges in the closing minutes from Lucas di Grassi and Giorgio Pantano with a laptime of 1:40.977, which was more than half a second ahead of the Brazilian‘s best time.

After this morning’s damp free practice all eyes were on the sky ahead of the session, but the clouds kept away and greeted the drivers with bright sunshine as they came out on track.

Glock set the early running and kept eating away at his own best lap, with Mike Conway, Luca Filippi and Pastor Maldonado pushing him in the early stages of the session: the German was just 0.02 to the good as the majority of the field came in for their second set of tires.

Di Grassi came out with clear intent of taking his first pole position, claiming the top spot with a 1:41.597 and setting the fastest first sector on the next lap before getting stuck behind a slowing Xandi Negrao.

But the German was not to be denied, immediately responding with a time one tenth quicker again and then pushing on from there. Teammate Andi Zuber was also pushing hard to get on terms with Glock, but a wayward trip through the gravel at turn 11 put paid to a promising time.

As the session was coming to a close both di Grassi and Pantano put in fast laps, but Glock had them covered with his fastest lap of the session with just 2 minutes remaining, claiming two more points to double his current championship lead.

Behind the top three Adrian Zaugg, Zuber, Kazuki Nakajima and Adam Carroll were among the ten men within a second of pole, with all bar three of the drivers within two seconds of the top spot.

Pos  Driver      Team                      Time              Laps
 1.  Glock       iSport International      1:40.977           13
 2.  di Grassi   ART Grand Prix            1:41.537 + 0.560   13
 3.  Pantano     Campos Grand Prix         1:41.673 + 0.696   13
 4.  Zaugg       Arden International       1:41.721 + 0.744   13
 5.  Zuber       iSport International      1:41.757 + 0.780   13
 6.  Nakajima    DAMS                      1:41.830 + 0.853   16
 7.  Carroll     FMS International         1:41.866 + 0.889   11
 8.  Maldonado   Trident Racing            1:41.963 + 0.986   15
 9.  Conway      Super Nova International  1:41.964 + 0.987   11
10.  Filippi     Super Nova International  1:42.075 + 1.098    6
11.  Buemi       ART Grand Prix            1:42.155 + 1.178   13
12.  Soucek      DPR                       1:42.348 + 1.371   14
13.  Rodriguez   Minardi Piquet Sports     1:42.356 + 1.379   15
14.  Hirate      Trident Racing            1:42.368 + 1.391   13
15.  Villa       Racing Engineering        1:42.395 + 1.418   14
16.  Senna       Arden International       1:42.497 + 1.520   14
17.  Negrao      Minardi Piquet Sports     1:42.529 + 1.552   12
18.  Petrov      Campos Grand Prix         1:42.775 + 1.798   13
19.  Viso        Racing Engineering        1:42.860 + 1.883   13
20.  Yamamoto    BCN Competicion           1:42.860 + 1.883   13
21.  Lapierre    DAMS                      1:42.898 + 1.921   13
22.  Tung        BCN Competicion           1:42.976 + 1.999   15
23.  Garcia      Durango                   1:42.983 + 2.006   14
24.  Tahinci     FMS International         1:43.563 + 2.586   12
25.  Chandhok    Durango                   1:43.862 + 2.885   12
26.  Bakkerud    DPR                       1:44.099 + 3.122   11

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