WSS: Lowes storms to fourth pole of the year at Portimao

Unsurprisingly it was Sam Lowes who set the pace in the opening minutes of Supersport qualifying at a windy Portimao this afternoon, ahead of reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu and Irishman Jack Kennedy

Lowes will start from the front row for the fourth time in 2013

Photo: World SBK

with 0.620 seconds covering the three of them.

David Salom sat in fourth position ahead of Austrian David Linortner who shot up to fifth in the opening 6 minutes of the session, however he was soon to be pushed down a place by Michael VD Mark who jumped into fifth position. Yakhnich Motorsport rider Lowes showed no sign of slowing down, setting a faster time of 1.45.346 which kept him in provisional pole position.

Italian Andrea Antonelli shot up into fourth, to head the second row in the first ten minutes of the session, this improvement by the Italian was swiftly followed by a crash from compatriot Lorenzo Zanetti. In a strong battle for a position on the second row of the grid, championship contender Fabien Foret shot up from thirteenth position into fourth with half an hour left on the clock. Not giving up without a fight, Sofuoglu went fastest with 26 minutes remaining, going 0.027 seconds ahead of Sam Lowes with a time of 1.45.319.

South African Mathew Scholtz crashed with 25 minutes of the session remaining, just before countryman Sheridan Morais popped up into fifth position and again improving his grid place by moving into third with 22 minutes remaining. Irishman Jack Kennedy began to slip down the order after sitting in a provisional front row position, eventually ending up in seventh.

With 17 minutes remaining, VD Mark and Foret began swapping places for the back of the front row in sixth. Meanwhile Lowes responded to Sofuoglu’s pole time and went back on top with a time of 1.44.804 ten minutes before the session was due to end. Foret moved up into fourth position with five minutes to go, claiming the front position of the second row. Sofuoglu will start in second position ahead of Morais who rounded out the front row.

Results below:

1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.804
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’45.319
3. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’45.534
4. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’45.845
5. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.035
6. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.085
7. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.131
8. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.211
9. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.254
10. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.272
11. David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.406
12. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.461
13. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.496
14. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.649
15. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.657
16. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.751
17. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.831
18. Alex Baldolini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’46.880
19. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 1’46.894
20. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1’47.082
21. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 1’47.089
22. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 1’47.274
23. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.290
24. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 1’47.430
25. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.527
26. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’47.537
27. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.646
28. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 1’48.222
29. Miguel Praia (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 1’48.239
30. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1’48.458
31. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1’48.614
32. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 1’50.115
33. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 1’52.510

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