Kox Puts New Lamborghini On Pole For FIA GT Series Debut

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Reiter - Photo Credit: VIMAGES/Fabre
Reiter - Photo Credit: VIMAGES/Fabre

Peter Kox claimed pole position in qualifying for round two of the FIA GT Series at Zolder, placing the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 at the head of the grid for its debut in the championship.

Kox, who shares the Lamborghini Blancpain Reiter entry with Stefan Rosina, posted a 1m29.398s in the Superpole session for the ten-fastest cars.

“It was a good job by all the team, in qualifying,” said the experienced Dutchman. “We are in great shape and Stefan did a nice job with his lap in Q2.

“My Superpole laps were smooth and we have found a good mechanical balance and a lot of work over the last few weeks. I think it will be busy in the race this afternoon but for sure we are starting in the best place to form a strong result.”

Sebastien Loeb’s co-driver Alvaro Parente put their McLaren on the front row, 0.222 seconds away from Kox’s time.

Sergey Afanasiev shone to qualify his Pro-Am Cup-entered Mercedes third on the grid, only 0.342s off the pace.

“We are very happy with all performances so far this weekend,” said the Russian former single-seater ace, who is paired with Andreas Simonsen. “To be right on the pace is very satisfying.

“The car felt great under me and we were able to carry a lot of good momentum through the critical corners here at Zolder. This is a good basis for us and we are as confident as we can be to perform just as well, if not better, in the races.”

Zolder local Laurens Vanthoor was the best of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8s in fourth place. The second Loeb McLaren of Mike Parisy and Andreas Zuber will share row three of the grid for the qualifying race with the all-Belgian pairing of Enzo Ide and Anthony Kumpen.

The remaining two WRT Audis will line up on row four, the Nogaro-winning car of Edward Sandstrom and Frank Stippler ahead of the Rene Rast/Niki Mayr-Melnhof pairing that had their Nogaro win taken away.

The Mercedes of Maximilian Buhk and Alon Day and the lead Nissan of Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordonez rounded out the top ten.

Newcomer Duda Rosa took pole in the Gentleman Trophy in 19th overall in the Mercedes he shares with fellow Brazilian Paolo Bonifacio.

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