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09/05/08
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Spa: Senna takes wet GP2 pole UPDATE Added to his penalty from Valencia, Chandhok has also been penalized for a further 5 grid position penalty after today’s session in Spa when it was shown that he ignored the yellow flags on his final lap. This means that he will lose 15 positions on tomorrow’s grid. Sébastien Buemi was also handed a 5 grid position penalty for the same reason on the same lap.

09/05/08 Karun Chandhok showed his race winning pace from last year's second race in Spa to take the top spot on his last lap in qualifying this afternoon, but a 10 place penalty from Valencia hands tomorrow's pole position to iSport teammate Bruno Senna, who had led the field during the wet session until the Indian's amazing final lap.

Chandhok best time of 2:15.459 was just 0.061 ahead of Senna, with Alvaro Parente the best of the rest, albeit six tenths off the iSport pair. On that last lap Senna and Giorgio Pantano looked to be in locked in battle for pole, with Chandhok the only man on their pace: the sector times on the screens read Pantano 37.1 Senna 36.9 Chandhok 36.8, sector two Pantano 64.4 Senna 65.6 Chandhok 63.3, with the title rivals returning to the pits behind Parente rather than finishing the lap. But Chandhok got the call to stay out and took the top spot with a third sector of 35.2 to the delight of his team.

With heavy rain starting five minutes before the session it was clear that a dramatic session was around the corner, and so it proved: Senna set the pace immediately with Pastor Maldonado also pushing hard, while Lucas di Grassi slipped over the edge and into the wall on his second flying lap. Maldonado soon joined him in retirement after sneaking into the top spot when he slipped off a curb and flew backwards into the wall at turn seven, bringing out the red flags. 

Pantano and Senna were soon fighting once more for pole, with Parente also joining in to make it a three way battle. In the second half of the session a number of drivers ran wide or spun making it was clear that, although the rain had stopped, the conditions were still far from ideal, but with Senna on top as the clock stopped it looked like the action was finished for the afternoon. But Chandhok had other ideas, staying out when the others thought it was all over.

Behind the top three Romain Grosjean popped into fourth on his last tour as well, just pipping Pantano who lines up fifth ahead of Andreas Zuber, Sebastien Buemi, Mike Conway, Andy Soucek and Pastor Maldonado. Chandhok's penalty for his collision with Vitaly Petrov 2 weeks ago may have kept him off pole for tomorrow's race, but he has proven a point in front the entire paddock at the circuit most of the drivers call their favorite.

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Chandhok iSport International 2:15.489 + 0.000 11
2. Senna iSport International 2:15.550 + 0.061 11
3. Parente Super Nova Racing 2:16.100 + 0.611 11
4. Grosjean ART Grand Prix 2:16.280 + 0.791 12
5. Pantano Racing Engineering 2:16.291 + 0.802 9
6. Zuber Piquet Sports 2:16.370 + 0.881 9
7. Buemi Trust Team Arden 2:16.786 + 1.297 11
8. Conway Trident Racing 2:16.853 + 1.364 12
9. Soucek Super Nova Racing 2:16.958 + 1.469 11
10. Maldonado Piquet Sports 2:17.310 + 1.821 4
11. Petrov Barwa Campos Team 2:17.374 + 1.885 7
12. Valerio Durango 2:17.587 + 2.098 13
13. Valsecchi Durango 2:17.757 + 2.268 13
14. Nunes DPR 2:17.857 + 2.368 13
15. Asmer FMS International 2:17.969 + 2.480 13
16. Valles BCN Competicion 2:18.097 + 2.608 11
17. Rodriguez FMS International 2:18.170 + 2.681 11
18. Herck DPR 2:18.206 + 2.717 12
19. Tung Trident Racing 2:18.836 + 3.347 12
20. Filippi Trust Team Arden 2:19.174 + 3.685 6
21. D'ambrosio Dams 2:19.394 + 3.905 9
22. Villa Racing Engineering 2:21.482 + 5.993 12
23. Iaconelli BCN Competicion 2:22.089 + 6.600 12
24. Yamamoto ART Grand Prix 2:22.764 + 7.275 5
25. Kobayashi Dams 2:24.020 + 8.531 3
Di Grassi Barwa Campos Team 2:30.459 + 14.970 2

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