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Dominant in collective testing at Motorland Aragon three weeks ago, Italy’s Massimiliano Pedala bounced back from a quiet day yesterday to claim both pole positions at stake in Saturday’s qualifying, the Composit Motorsport driver leading the way from Stéphane Lemeret (Team Lompech Sport) and Oscar Nogues (RMS Engineering) as the 2013 New Clio Cup season began in earnest.

The season’s opening session, which took place on a drying track, proved to be competitive right from the start, with Massimiliano Pedala topping the times early on. The menacing skies did not prevent the drivers from picking up the pace, as Oscar Nogues and Stephane Lemeret (Team Lompech Sport) both went fastest before Massimiliano Pedala came up with the perfect response to move back in front. Triggered by Manuel Leon-Sotelo (SMC Junior Motorsport), the day’s first red flag came out after only eight minutes.

Rain was falling hard as the session restarted, the drivers barely having time to complete their first lap back before the heavens opened over the Italian track. That left the standings unchanged, though a handful of brave drivers ventured out to work on their set-ups for Sunday’s races.

Lining up behind Massimiliano Pedala on the first grid will be Stéphane Lemeret and Oscar Nogues, both of whom will be anxious to steal a march on the polesitter on race day. As for Sunday’s second grid, Josh Files (Team Pyro) and Oscar Nogues will be lying in wait behind the Italian. David Dickenson (Team Pyro) did not have such a happy day, however. After recording a time that left him in the top five, he had his fastest lap taken away from them for running off the track.

What he said

Massimiliano Pedala: “I’m delighted to be the first driver to claim pole in this car, and I just hope it won’t be my last. The standard of the field is very high, but I’m going to try and keep my form up on home soil. All the work we did at Motorland Aragon has paid off and we reaped the reward today.”

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 11 May 2013
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