Black Falcon’s Maro Engel set one of the best laps ever seen as he stormed the Nurburgring to set pole position for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Driving a Mercedes AMG GT3, Engel logged a 8:14.515 around the Green Hell – even with a yellow flag zone for a Porsche looking decidedly second hand after Kevin Estre was caught out, completely forgivable around a ‘Ring still extremely damp in sections after heavy afternoon showers.
Coming out first after the public draw for the starting order, Engel actually slowed on his out-lap letting a number of competitors go ahead of him and form a dry line for this the Top 30 shoot-out. It appeared to work brilliantly for the German as he set a time 1.6 seconds faster than second placed starter Augusto Farfus in the Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. The Brazilian set a 8:16.146.
That put him in a Mercedes AMG sandwich as the two Haribo Racing cars of Max Gotz and Uwe Alzen finished third and fourth with the fastest Audi R8 LMS of Frank Stippler settling into fifth place with a 8:19.138 to put the four rings ahead of the #999 BMW M6 GT3 of Victor Bouveng who settled for sixth.
Elsewhere, eighth place saw the fastest Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Nicki Thiim setting a 8:20.332 and the #912 Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R claimed the title as the fastest Porsche with a 8:21.948 putting Richard Lietz in 12th.
Jonny Adam is having a busy weekend this weekend, having qualified the #27 Aston Martin Vantage in 18th place he will be now splitting his time between Germany and the British GT Championship at Oulton Park where he is racing alongside Derek Johnston in a TF Sport-run Aston.
He’ll be thankful he wasn’t caught up in the handful of incidents on the Nordschleife. As well as the above mentioned incident for Kevin Estre’s Porsche, who rear-ended the barriers at the approach to Bergwerk, Nicky Catsburg in the #22 ROWE Racing BMW smacked the barriers on his second flying lap and the Team Abt Bentley didn’t set a time after coming into grief on the grand prix loop. The #1 Team WRT Audi also suffered dramas – a puncture – the car got back to the pits but will start 22nd.