Damien Faulkner (Ireland), currently ranking second in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, gave a clear signal of his intentions in the fight for the championship title. In qualifying for the penultimate round in Monza, Italy, the 30-year-old turned the pole-setting time already in the first ten minutes.
On Sunday, Faulkner takes up the race on the high-speed circuit near Milan from the first place on the grid. Lining up alongside the reigning champion of the Carrera Cup Great Britain is Uwe Alzen from Germany.
The start duel of the tenth round promises to be particularly exciting. Next to Faulkner, who lies only twelve points behind series leader Richard Westbrook (Great Britain), Alzen still holds a theoretical chance at the title. The 40-year-old Porsche specialist proved last year that the 5.79 kilometre Grand Prix circuit suits him: He won on the Autodromo Nazionale averaging 183.060 kph - the fastest race in the history of the Porsche Supercup.
Reigning champion and points leader Richard Westbrook starts the 13-lap race on Sunday from fifth position. During qualifying Westbrook sat in fourth for a long time, only for the 32-year-old to be shunted from his position by Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) towards the end of the session, with David Saelens (Belgium) occupying third. Positions six to eight respectively are taken by a pack of German pilots, Christian Menzel, UPS Porsche Junior Lance David Arnold and Marc Basseng.