Jun 8, 2001
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By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>British riders occupy the first two places on the provisional front row of the grid for Sunday's round of the European Superstock championship. Marty Nutt leads the grid on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with Mark Heckles next on the Honda CBR929RR. They are joined on the front row by Gunter Knobloch, from Austria, who rides a Yamaha YZF-R1 and German rider Benny Jerzenbeck on another Suzuki GSX-R1000. The pair were over two seconds adrift of the front two riders.<BR><BR>James Ellison, the reigning Superstock Champion, winner of the last race and current title leader, was seventh fastest. Ellison split with his team after Donington and is now racing for Hi-Peak Young Guns racing. Walter Tortoroglio, who lies second in the championship, was fifth fastest on his Suzuki. It rained hard for most of the session.<BR><BR>European Superstock Championship<BR>Lausitzring, Germany<BR><BR>First Qualifying Session<BR><BR>1.Marty Nutt, Suzuki, GBR, 1:53.295<BR>2.Mark Heckles, Honda, GBR, 1:53.497<BR>3.Gunter Knobloch, Yamaha, AUT, 1:55.909<BR>4.Benny Jerzenbeck, Suzuki, GER, 1:56.011<BR>5.Walter Tortoroglio, Suzuki, ITA, 1:56.470<BR><BR>