GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup

GPX Racing lead a Porsche 1-2 at the Nurburgring

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Credit: SRO Motorsports Group

GPX Racing have qualified pole position for the Nurburgring six hours with a time of 1:54.603. The second round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup will see it start with an all Porsche front row as the #54 Dinamic Motorsport finished just over a tenth behind.

Saturday running for the six hour endurance race at the Nurburgring got underway with the first free practice session and a familiar name topping the timesheets. Rafaelle Marciello obtained the fastest time with a lap of 1:54.675, which was set early on in the session. By the end, Marciello was clear by nearly half a second as Marco Mapelli in the #63 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini could only manage a 1:55.144 followed by Mattia Druidi in the Attempto Racing Audi in third place.

The #991 Herberth Motorsport Porsche topped the Pro-Am class and finished sixth overall. Robert Renauer posted the time just 0.004s clear of class rival Sandy Mitchel in the #77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini. In the Silver Cup class the #159 Garage 59 Aston Martin ended the session as the top runner with 15th overall. Andrew Watson was at the wheel for the class-leading lap.

Next up was Pre-Qualifying, and it was Dries Vanthoor’s 1m54.990s lap in the #32 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT entry that ended the session at the top just narrowly beating the GPX Racing Porsche of Thomas Preining by 0.025s. The #4 HRT Mercedes of Maro Engel rounded out the top three. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari made sure it was four different manufacturers in the top four courtesy of James Calado.

The Silver Cup class was lead by the #56 Dinamic Motorsport Porsche, with Mikkel O. Pedersen setting the time for the Italian outfit to end the session eighth overall. One spot back was the Pro-Am leader, AF Corse’s #52 Ferrari, which produced excellent pace with Andrea Bertolini at the wheel. 

Lastly it was crunch time as qualifying came around. leading the pack it was Romain Dumas, Dennis Olsen and Thomas Preining with a combined average time of 1:54.603 across the three qualifying sessions. The #40 GPX car beat Dinamic Motorsport’s crew of Matteo Cairoli, Christian Engelhart and Sven Mueller to pole by 0.105s, after a stunning lap by Preining, produceing the best lap of the weekend so far in the final qualifying run.

The No. 163 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo qualified third. Franck Perera, Giacomo Altoe and Albert Costa obtained a 1:54.800 average to round out the top three.

Top spot in the Silver Cup class went to the #78 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Frederik Schandorff, Patrick Kujala and Alex MacDowall who put a Pro-class Bentley between them and the second car in class, the ever present Tech 1 Racing Lexus. AKKA-ASP scored the pole in Pro-Am courtesy of Jim Pla, Fabien Barthez and Thomas Drouet.

The qualifying session came to an abrupt halt due to Dirk Werner having a significant crash coming out of the chicane, with the German driver’s car impacting the left-side tire barrier at speed. The session was subsequently red flagged which allowed GPX Racing to keep their pole postion in the closing stages.

Tomorrow the six-hour race starts at 11:45 local time with the race lining up to be yet another cracker.

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