The Westwood team have experienced good form over the past few races and today was no exception after they recorded their first ever front row lockout. Will Hoskins was the better of two Westwood drivers who claimed his ninth pole position of his career. Tumo Kinnumen placed the second Westwood in second place after missing out on pole position by half a tenth of a second. Enrique Ruiz set a lap time that was good enough for third on the grid however was over four tenths away from the Westwood cars. Home crowd favorite Puccio Giodano will start tomorrows race in fourth on the grid. Kip Maxwell was fifth fastest for Downton who edged out the Ingram pair of Nikolai Milkovich and Jean Mattson who were sixth and seventh. Championship leader Elroy Wagner was visibly frustrated with yet another poor qualifying. The German will start the Italian V-Prix in eight position as he desperately tries to hold onto his championship lead in these final four races. Nathaniel Powers and Hiroto Nakumaya will lock out row five in their Downton and AMR respectively.
Recently renewed AMR driver Felix Beyer was out qualified by his current teammate; the Dutchman setting the eleventh quickest time. Enzo Domenicalli was another disappointed driver as he could only manage a time good enough for twelfth. The Italian was nine tenth of his teammate and a 2015 championship is becoming increasingly unlikely. Adrien Simon made several mistakes during qualifying and as such will start the race from thirteenth. The Meteor drivers of Stuart Harrison and Johan Halvosen qualified in fourteenth and fifteenth. The FUN pair were next, Carson Davenport beating his teammate Romano Agostino to sixteenth. Judson Sikes, Hugh Dwyer, Karl Beckenbaur, and James Harding will fill spots eighteenth to twenty-first in their Ocelot's and Warriors'. Marcus Thunder's mechanical woes continued from yesterday forcing the Brit from leaving the pits during the entire session and thus, leaving the Downton driver with a lot of work to do in the race.
We look set to be in for an intriguing Italian V-Prix with many questions to be answered. Will Westwoods' formidable speed carry on into the race and thus keep the Franklins behind? Can Enrique Ruiz chip further into Elroy Wagners championship lead? or could perhaps Enzo Domenicalli bring himself back into play?
The weather reports suggest for a sunny and dry race with a slight chance of cloud. Join us tomorrow for the 2015 Italian V-Prix.