April 25, 2008
Published on tags: Superleague
Full qualifying results can be found HERE.

With the engines still warm from the season opener in Melbourne, the GPVWC circus arrived in Sepang for the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix. Scott Whiteman on Nordsjoen-Mercedes gave a glimpse of the huge talent shown in the past by clinching his first Pole Position of the season with a lap, according to him, "still allowing improvements". Championship leader and Australian GP winner Mark Wicks was second, a little more than 2 tenths of a second slower than the Australian.

Whiteman is still pointless in this campaign, after his Melbourne Grand Prix was interrupted by a grotesque mix-up by the Nordsjoen pit crew: but in the 34 laps he managed to complete, he demonstrated to be a fair match to Woods Racing's lead driver. Come race day, this battle could provide viewers and fans with a marvellous show.

Behind the leading duo, Laurentiu Albu shows that Belami Racing can constantly fight for points and podium positions; the Romanian driver continues to improve, and after the brilliant performance in Australia, he'll be eager to go one up and become only the second driver from his country to win a GPVWC race, after Emanuel Gaczella in 2005. Another driver who is clearly showing signs of improvement is Michelangelo Manrique, scoring his best qualifying ever in 4th position.

Mal McKee and William Ponissi are respectively 5th and 6th, with the Nordsjoen driver collecting this position on the grid for the second week in a row. The last of the qualifiers is Juha Tanskanen, whose car looked extremely heavy with fuel. Only time will tell if a different strategy will allow the Finn to open his point account for this season.

On a different note, Jeroen Jansen's brilliant performance - he had scored a time challenging Whiteman himself - was nullified by an infringement of the time limit. The Dutch driver will then start from the vary back of the group, unless his choice will be to start from the pitlane instead.

With the start of the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix approaching, all we have to do is sit back and prepare to enjoy another exhilarating race here at GPVWC!