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Agostini, Breukers Take Lamborghini World Final Poles at Imola

Riccardo Agostini and Rik Breukers score pole position for the Lamborghini World Final while North America series drivers impress at Imola…

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Riccardo Agostini and Rik Breukers took pole position for Race 1 and Race 2, respectively, for the Lamborghini World Final at Imola as Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series drivers took seven of the eight class pole positions.

Agostini narrowly edged Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe competitors Yuki Nemoto and Edoardo Liberati by 0.011 and 0.074 seconds to secure the top starting spot for Pro/Pro-Am Race 1 of the World Final that will be held later today.

The Prestige Performance driver, who clinched the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship along with co-driver Trent Hindman with two wins yesterday, heads a highly competitive grid that saw the top eight cars in qualifying separated by less than half a second.

Brandon Gdovic snared the Race 1 pole for the Pro-Am class in the car he shares with Emmanuel Annassis for DAC Motorsports.

In the second Pro/Pro-Am qualifying session, Breukers held off Raphael Abbate and Jonathan Cecotto in a 20-minute run for the pole that was even more cut throat than the first, with the top seven cars covered by just 0.342 seconds.

It was the only class pole that did not go to a North America series driver.

Hindman was the fastest of the North American contingent in seventh for Prestige Performance, and was the first of the non-European Series drivers.

Newly-minted Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro-Am champion Taylor Proto took the Pro-Am pole for Race 2 in the car he shares with Edoardo Piscopo. The Change Racing pairing will start 16th overall.

Yuki Harata will start on pole in the first Am/LC race later today, snagging pole position for Dream Racing Motorsport with a fast lap of 1:42.315, while the LC pole for Race 1 went to Ryan Hardwick who will start fourth overall in another Dream Racing Motorsport entry.

Hardwick edged Harata for the overall Am/Cup Race 2 pole by 0.392 seconds, while Harata will start second overall and first in the Am category.

One incident slowed the proceedings in qualifying when a red flag was displayed in Pro-Am Qualifying 1 with just over one minute left in the session when the No. 30 Antonelli Motorsport entry driven by Kikko Gabliati made contact with the barrier in T20.

Race control reported that the driver was OK after the impact but qualifying was put on hold for several minutes to clean up the incident.

Am/Cup Race 1 will take place this afternoon at 1.20 p.m. local time, with the first race for the Pro/Pro-Am comeptitors to follow at 3:30 p.m. Live coverage can be found here.

RESULTS: Pro/Pro-Am Qualifying 1, Pro/Pro-Am Qualifying 2, Am/Cup Qualifying 1, Am/Cup Qualifying 2

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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