Stuart Leonard held off a four car train in the last fifteen minutes of the frantic qualifying race to secure victory in the qualifying race and pole position for the main race tomorrow. The #17 Audi capitalised on dramas for the championship leading #63 and #84 cars and Leonard finished off the race after a rapid opening stint from Robin Frijns.
Mirko Bortolotti didn’t even make it through the first corner as he and Come Ledogar slammed into the wall in after trying to make it four wide into the first corner. Bortolotti was apoplectic after the incident, and he seemed unsure as to how the accident unfolded. The race remained under safety car for 11 minutes. Frijns then had to hold off Andrew Watson in the #59 Mclaren but the man from Belfast’s attack was foiled by a drive through penalty for incorrect positioning at the start.
Leonard took over the Audi and exited the pits with a three second gap to his former teammate Micheal Meadows in the AKKA Mercedes and Franck Perera in the #84 HTP car. Markus Winkelhock followed closely, and it wasn’t long before a charging Clemens Schmid joined the train as well. However Franck Perera picked up a harsh drive-through penalty for a pit lane infringement, dropping him out of the top 20.
However, neither Meadows nor Winkelhock really had the pace to battle Leonard, so the German instead held off a feisty attack from Schmid, as the Austrian seemed to be the only driver capable of staging an attack on Leonard. However, Zolder proved a difficult place to overtake and the train stayed in the same order.
We now have the invigorating prospect of a wide open main race in which there are at least four frontrunners who will start well down the grid.