Vitaphone AF Corse Ferrari on pole for Spa 24

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Former FIA GT2 champion Gianmaria Bruni claimed pole for the 2010 Total 24 Hours of Spa aboard the Ferrari 430 of AF Corse ALD Team Vitaphone.

The track drying from the rain that affected the earlier session the Ferrari works driver (in the car he shares with Bert Longin, Eric van de Poele and Toni Vilander) recorded the fastest time in the second of the three qualifying sessions that were combined to form the grid.

The Italian lapped the world-famous track in 2m22.403, more than a second-and-a-half clear of their nearest competitor in the GT2 class, the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche, that could only muster seventh best.

Lining up alongside the pole-sitting Ferrari will be the first of the Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M3 – entered in the GTN class. Dirk Werner setting the fastest time for the car, again in the second session which saw the best of the fickle Ardennes conditions, only 0.146 seconds slower than Bruni around the 4.35 mile circuit.

The second BMW, somewhat predictably, took second fastest in their class, and sixth overall behind the fastest three entrants from the GT3 class, led by the two Audi R8 LMS of Phoenix Racing – Marcel Fassler the faster driver – who look poised to dominate the class having set the overall pace in the Free Practice session earlier in the day.

The RJN Motorsport Nissan 370Z took the class pole for the GT4 runners, Alex Buncombe turning the team's fastest lap on the final session. Second place in class went to the Jota Sport Aston Martin Vantage.

Further British interest was provided by United Autosports, whose “superstar” teams will start the race 16th and 21st in their GT3 Audi R8. Trackspeed, running a GT2 class Porsche after their GT3 success in the British GT Series, set the 26th best time of the 40 teams.

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