Vilarino, who clock in a lap in 1:40.629 in Superpole, edged Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet Camaro) by 0.334 seconds. Defending champion Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up third, just 0.020 behind Lasserre. Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) and his team mate Nicolo Rocca (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) rounded out the top-5 and the Italian was the fastest driver in the Junior Trophy.
“I’m really excited because I didn’t expect to grab the pole position. It was quite a complicated session due to many disallowed lap times due to track limits infringements,” said the Spaniard. “I had to do three additional laps to get into Superpole. It’s great to be on the front row in my Euro NASCAR comeback. It was a great morning for Racing Engineering here at Valencia with me and Myatt winning the pole in both Division. I’m very proud of the team, they did a tremendous job today.”
20-year-old Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro) ended up sixth ahead of last year’s championship runner up Frederic Gabillon (#3 RDV Competition Chevrolet SS). Thomas Ferrando (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) was eighth just ahead of Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Ford Mustang), who closed the top-10.
Jacques Villeneuve (#32 Go Fas Racing Chevrolet Camaro) will start from 16th in his first ever in the European NASCAR series. The former Formula One World Champion and Indy 500 winner beat Romain Iannetta (#88 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang) and NASCAR Peak Mexico Series Champion Ruben Garcia Jr. (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), who finished 18th. 2000 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Bobby Labonte (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) will start from the 23rd place on the grid.
Snider impresses in Euro NASCAR debut
After being fastest in practice on Friday, Myatt Snider confirmed his surprising performance in qualifying in his first road course race in Europe. The American lapped the 4-km track in 1:41.222 edging rookie Giorgio Maggi (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who was 0.202 seconds slower than the pole sitter.