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The nail-biting battle for the ELITE 1 pole position went to Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), who edged points-leader Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) by a mere 14 one-thousandths of a second, while Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) dominated the ELITE 2 Superpole en route to his third pole of the season.
Both the Israeli and the Belgian won this season’s Race And Win Pole Award and will reiceve an exclusive Race And Win Chronograph at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, USA on December 10.
“I am very happy for this pole. CAAL Racing did a very good job, even yesterday. We kept the momentum from Adria. Unfortunately I couldn’t improve my track record from last year, but are now focusing on the races, trying to win both,” said Day, who scored his fourth consecutive playoff pole. “I don’t want to think about the Championship now. I just know the main goal is to win and that’s what we are going to do!”
The ELITE 1 Superpole saw the three main title contenders – Kumpen, Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and Day – put up a fierce battle for the first place on the grid and it was the Israeli who wheeled the #54 Chevrolet SS to a 1:39.125 fastest lap time with the checkered flag already waving. Kumpen was just behind him and was a mere .014 seconds slower to take second. Gabillon ended up third and will share second row with Marc Goossens (#90 Brass Racing Ford Mustang). Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) closed the top-5, just .784 seconds behind the leader.
Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang), Alex Caffi (#23 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) completed the top-10.
Day also won the Junior “Jerome Sarran” Trophy, while Dario Caso (#8 Vict Motorsport Ford Mustang) led the Challenger Trophy in 16th place.
ELITE 2: Longin keeps dominating
Stienes Longin started his quest for the eight win of the season in the best way by scoring his third pole of 2016 and the with a 1:39.900 lap around the 4.011 Kms of Circuit Zolder. The Belgian topped the charts with a .806 seconds advantage on his team mate Gabriele Gardel (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), who edged Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) for second place by just nine one-thousandths of a second.
«I am very happy with my third pole of the season but I am still nervous when I think about this weekend’s races. I won the Race And Win watch and this pole also gives me the best position to avoid problems at the start. I’ll try to win the Championship today. Let’s do it,” said Longin.
Martin Doubek (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-5. Eric De Doncker (#98 Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) let the Legend Trophy in sixth place ahead of Dario Caso (#8 Vict Motorsport Ford Mustang). Hugo Bec (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) ended up eight, Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) led the Rookie Cup in ninth and debutant Luca Tosini (#23 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10.
The ELITE 1 Final 1 – green flag at 1:40 pm CET – will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv (http://bit.ly/nweslive).