15.07.2012: As in the Friday quotes, the qualifying session at Spa offered some difficulties to Thomas Biagi and to his BMW M3.
As in the Friday quotes, the qualifying session at Spa offered some difficulties to Thomas Biagi and to his BMW M3.
During the first practice session the Italian driver set a promising third fastest lap (2'56.712) under a heavy rain, first between two wheels drive cars. In the second wet session however things went worse, with Biagi only seventh (2'54.142), but first between the BMW.
Qualifying was influenced by the weather: after the rainfall of the early minutes, tarmac began to dry. Biagi was one of the first drivers to mount slick tyres, pushing a lot lap by lap in the effort to exploit the agility of his BMW M3, even if penalized by 30kg of sporting ballast. The Italian driver finished seventh (2'35.112), the best between the BMW.
Thomas Biagi: "Qualifying finally confirmed my expectations: we knew that Spa was not good for our car, so the seveth fastest time could be considered the best result achievable today. Taking more risks I had maybe another tenth in my pocket, but tomorrow at the start it would be the same against the most powerful cars.
I'm anyway surprised by the improvements made by our opponents in slow corners: we have loosed almost all the advantage we had, but in the straights we're still slower. For these reasons tomorrow races will not be easy, but I'll try to get anyway useful points for the championship".
Sunday, 15 July timetable:
11.20: Race 1
16.20: Race 2
Race 1 will be broadcasted live in Italy by Rai Sport 2, while the Race 2 will be followed by Rai Sport 1.
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