Maxi Goetz loses Total 24 Hours of Spa pole position

by Joe Hudson

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport’s Maxi Goetz has lost his pole position time at the Total 24 Hours of Spa because of a yellow flag infringement on his fastest lap.

His time of 2:17.651 was set on a lap where Shane van Gisbergen’s Garage 59 McLaren 650S caused a yellow flag zone at the exit of Stavelot, and Goetz’s purple sector always meant there was doubt that the German hadn’t slowed down enough when the flags came out.

Evidently, the race stewards were thinking the same thing and the deletion of his fastest time means the bright yellow #86 Mercedes AMG GT3 has fallen down to sixth place and teammate Clemens Schmid, in the #85 HTP Motorsport machine has inherited pole position with a 2:18.025.

The reshuffle also means Felix Rosenqvist in the AMG-Team AKKA ASP Mercedes has moved up onto the front row and even with Goetz’s demotion, Mercedes still hold a top six lock-out for the 68th running of the 24 Hours.

The race itself starts tomorrow at 3.30pm with The Checkered Flag covering the whole thing with regular updates!

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