Tarso Marques still has it all – the Brazilian Team VES Racing driver lapped the Imola circuit in his Benetton B197 in 1:28;568 minutes to go top of the standings. « I am very happy with the result. It feels great and will do everything to win the race. »
Second spot went to his VES Racing team mate Frits van Eerd in a Minardi. « We had smaller technical glitches yesterday, but today everything seems fine. I think, I should make it onto the podium. »
Peter Milavec, who came third, as discontent saying: « I can’t get the tires to work. I need about 5-6 laps to get the right temperature and start pushing. I am three seconds slower than yesterday. » Meanwhile, Hans Laub’s weekend is over following a technical failure on his Forti racer.
In the FORMULA Class, Chris Höher set the fastest time, but the Top Speed driver has yet to serve a 10-Place Grid Penalty from Brno and will only start 12th. Thus, Luis Michael Dorrbecker of Torino Squadra Corse inherited Pole, but has warned: « Höher is very fast. I am sure, he will catch up quickly. » And Höher is indeed planning to go on attack mode: « We have the pace, but it’s difficult to overtake. I will give everything, so making the podium would be great. »
India’s Mahaveer Raghunathan was 3rd, ahead of Christopher Brenier. « We had to use old tires, so we were a bit slower. The fight for the podium will be tough », the French new FORMULA Champion said.