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Estoril: GTE Qualifying, Ben Barker Puts #88 Proton Porsche On Pole

Wet track suits 911 RSR and Porsche expert Barker


The rain had stopped, but there was still standing water at several places for the 10 minute GTE qualifying session, the production based cars the first to venture out

Alessandro Pier Guidi (#56 AT Racing Ferrari) was the first to make a significant mark, 1:55.091 edging Ben Barker’s first effort in the #88 Porsche by a couple of tenths with Marco Cioci a further half second back.

Next time around and the Porsche man was on top, and by half a second, a 1:54.754.

Pier Guidi meanwhile pitted briefly (as had Matt Griffin early in the session), the Irishman up to fourth on his first flier. Pier Guidi pushed hard but the results would have scored higher in a Drift contest than it did here.

The order remained as before until the flag.

Proton Porsche #88 on Pole for the second time this season for the team, the first for Ben Barker with Pier Guidi second, and Cioci third fastest.

Of the Championship contenders Andrea Bertolini brought the #66 JMW Ferrari home 5th, Darren Turner finishing the session a conservative 8th in the Beechdean Aston Martin.

The #88 incidentally becomes the first car to set more than one pole position this season after Matteo Cairoli took the honours for the team at the Red Bull Ring.