Misano - Max Pigoli with BMW M3 racecar in pole position
Max Pigoli made his intentions clear at Misano as he cruised to the SUPERSTARS SERIES pole at the Adriatic venue on a Romeo Ferraris-prepared Mercedes C63 AMG. The Como-based racer turned the best lap of the day in 1:42.015, edging Reigning Champion Thomas Biagi by less than 0.1s. On the top BMW M3 racecar, fielded by Team BMW Italia, he clocked an 1:42.111 laptime despite the 60-kg compensation ballast assessed after the wins he scored at Portimao. Biagi led the CAAL Racing Mercedes C63 AMG of Luigi Ferrari, who'll be paired on the second row by Biagi's team-mate Stefano Gabellini. A local hero based close to the racetrak, Gabellini showed to be in great shape since practice. San Marino racer Christian Montanari also ended up into the top-5 with the clear goal of being a legitimate threat on Race Day. Driving a BMW M3 for RGA Sportmanship, he was followed by Alberto Cerqui (BMW M3 E92), Ivan Tramontozzi (BMW M3 E90), Francesco Sini (Jaguar XF SV8) and fellow team-mate Kristian Ghedina, who was back to SUPERSTARS racing after the bad luck suffered at Monza.
Riccardo Romagnoli rounded out the top-10 on the CAAL Racing Mercedes. Michela Cerruti, currently sitting at the top of the Italian SUPERSTARS Championship standings, ended up in 13th behind Alex De Giacomi (Movisport-BMW M3) and Romeo Ferraris team-mate Andrea Dromedari.
The Romeo Ferraris driver will share the front row with BMW Team Italia's Thomas Biagi, who managed to claim second notwithstanding 60kg of success ballast after two wins in Portimao.
The second row will be shared again between a Mercedes and a BMW. Luigi Ferrara took third ahead of Stefano Gabellini, who leads a train of four BMWs, which includes Christian Montanari, Alberto Cerqui and Ivan Tramontozzi.
Francesco Sini, Kristian Ghedina and Riccardo Romagnoli rounded up the top ten. Former championship leader and race winner Michela Cerruti only managed a thirteenth spot on the grid.
01 Max Pigoli 1:42.015
02 Thomas Biagi +0.096
03 Luigi Ferrara +0.153
04 Stefano Gabellini +0.468
05 Christian Montanari +0.633
06 Alberto Cerqui +0.724
07 Ivan Tramantozzi +1.043
08 Francesco Sini +1.192
09 Kristian Ghedina +1.292
10 Riccardo Romagnoli +1.304