Mies claims Nurburgring 1000 pole in #1 WRT Audi

by Peter Allen
WRT Audi - Photo Credit: Brecht Decancq Photography

Christopher Mies placed the #1 WRT Audi R8 on pole position for the Nurburgring 1000, the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series season.

German racer Mies has switched to the #1 car for this event to join championship leader Laurens Vanthoor and his regular co-driver Cesar Ramos.

WRT will lock-out the front row of the grid, with Frank Stippler putting the #3 shared with James Nash and Marc Basseng, who has traded places with Mies, in second.

An entirely new line-up qualified in third place – the #52 AF Corse Pro-Am Ferrari. Joint class leader Francesco Castellacci has joined from Villorba Corse, Marco Seefried arrives from GT Corse and set the qualifying time, while Johnny Laursen completes the trio.

The Silverstone and Paul Ricard winners Johnny Kane, Andy Meyrick and Guy Smith put their Bentley fourth, with the sister car of Jerome D’Ambrosio, Duncan Tappy and Antoine Leclerc directly behind on the grid in sixth. Between the two Continental GT3s is the #99 ART Grand Prix McLaren of Andy Soucek, Kevin Korjus and Kevin Estre.

Seventh was the #85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS of Stef Dusseldorp and Sergey Afanasiev, joined for this event by 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series champion Maximilian Buhk, who currently leads the combined Blancpain GT Series standings.

The Motorbase-run Oman Racing Team Aston Martin of Michael Caine, Ahmed Al Harthy and Stephen Jelley was eighth, while ninth was the Sainteloc Audi of Stephane Ortelli, Edward Sandstrom and Gregory Guilvert, who sit second to Vanthoor in the BES title fight, seven points behind.

Completing the top ten was the Triple Eight BMW of Jody Firth, Warren Hughes and Alexander Sims.

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