Italian Matteo Cairoli took a special pole position as he topped the time sheets to finish fastest in the Porsche Supercup qualifying at Monza.
Cairoli once again dominated proceedings, just like he did in Free Practice yesterday with a gap of almost five tenths to second place driver Michael Ammermüller.
Cairoli set two blistering laps in the remaining 5 minutes that propelled him to first position. Either of the two laps would have been good enough for pole.
Ammermüller’s teammate and championship leader Sven Müller lined up on row 2 in third, marginally slower than Ammermüller.
Gueststarter Mattia Drudi put in a sublime performance to finish fourth, Christian Engelhart lines up fifth.
Mathieu Jaminet could only manage sixth as he attempts to keep his championship hopes alive.
Cairoli expressed his delight after a sweaty afternoon in Italy: “To stand on pole at my home race is something very special. I’m hoping for a good start so that I can immediately put a bit of distance between me and the other competitors, and go on to win. During my warm-up lap for the qualifying I saw how many spectators are here. This will be a great race!”
Sven Müller was left disappointed about qualifying but was still very upbeat about tomorrows race: “Slipstreaming is very important in Monza and unfortunately it wasn’t available to me at the end of the session, so I couldn’t do better than that today. The starting order is identical to last season’s. I won here in the last two years and I wouldn’t mind at all if it’s the same this year,”
Mathieu Jaminet was left frustrated over his scrappy lap in qualifying: “That was a tough qualifying for me. It was hot in the car and my lap wasn’t really perfect. Still, the Monza track is good for overtaking. Perhaps I can manage to bring home a podium result.