Spa 24 Stewards Hand Out Superpole Penalties

by James Broomhead
Penalty dropped the #18 Black Falcon Mercedes out of the top ten (Credit: Tom Loomes Photography))

Four drivers had their best times from the Superpole qualifying session for the 2015 Total 24 Hours of Spa cancelled in stewards’ decision following the Friday afternoon session.

The best placed for the quartet was the #18 Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 which Bernd Schneider had qualified seventh fastest, second quickest in the Pro-Am up class. The penalty, which saw the multiple DTM champion’s 2:18.427 lap deleted, leaving he and the rest of the team to rely upon his first lap – 2:19.884 – that was only good enough for 18th fastest overall.

Their demotion lifted the Leonard Motorsport AMR team up to second in Pro-Am and 11th overall.

The #6 Audi Sport Team Phoenix team also lost their best lap after Andre Lotterer was adjudged to have caused an accident, dropping them to 14th overall still ahead of the #9 ROAL Motorsport and #21 Black Falcon squads who also lost their best times from the finale to the race’s qualifying procedure.

Another penalty – though not from the Superpole running – gave Am Cup pole position to Team Parker Racing, the Akka ASP Ferrari team having fallen foul of the officials overnight.

Frank Stippler qualified the #2 Audi Sport Team WRT R8 LMS on pole position, his lap of 2:18.130 just 17 thousandths quicker than Kevin Estre’s best lap in the #58 Von Ryan Racing McLaren.

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