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Pole position for Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering at the 2011 GP2 Final.

A great start for Racing Engineering at the 2011 GP2 Final, running this weekend with the F1 Abu Dhabi GP, with pole position for the Spanish team's driver Fabio Leimer.

The first day of the 2011 GP2 Final kicked off with dry and sunny weather over the Yas Marina circuit for the morning free practice session where the Racing Engineering drivers, Fabio Leimer and Nathanaël Berthon where immediately among the fastest. Fabio especially was showing his speed from the very first minutes, getting among the top three at his first attempt and finishing the session with the second fastest lap, set with 15 minutes to go. In seventh position, and less than half a second shy of his teammate, was Berthon, with both drivers tackling the work program scheduled by Racing Engineering for this first contact with Abu Dhabi's track.

At the end of the morning Qualifying took place where Leimer was again among the main contenders. The Swiss-born driver of Racing Engineering set the fourth fastest lap in his first attempt, but the best was yet to come. In his second outing, and with less than five minutes to the end of the session, Fabio improved his previous time by almost five tenths, setting the best overall time: a 1.49.363 that nobody could improve on in the remaining minutes so Racing Engineering took pole position for Saturday’s race.

For Nathanaël Berthon, the qualifying wasn't as positive. The young Frenchman was close to the top ten after his first attempt but in the second he'd barely gained a few hundredths of second which, with a red flag shown with three minutes to go, meant that he'd have to try for an improvement in the last moments when there was a lot of traffic with all the drivers on track, so he ended up finally in 17th position.

The very close lap times for today’s qualifying, with Berthon less than a second away from the pole time set by his team mate, Leimer, means that there will be difficult to predict what will happen in tomorrow’s race, although, starting at the front, Fabio will be the main favourite to get the win. Berthon is starting from the eighth row after the penalties to the drivers who ignored yellow flags in free practice, and his target will be to recover as many places as possible in order to get a better starting position for Sundays race.

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