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Spa 24 Hours: Calado Takes Pole In Top 20 Shootout

Kaspersky Ferrari will start from P1 on Saturday

The #55 Kaspersky Racing Ferrari will start the 2017 Spa 24 Hours from pole position after James Calado topped Friday evening’s top 20 ‘Super Pole’ shootout at the Ardennes track with a time of 2:17.390.

And it’ll be an all-Italian-car front row, with the championship-leading #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini (above) lining up second courtesy of Mirko Bortolotti’s 2:17.447 effort.

Fred Vervisch put in an impressive performance to have the #2 WRT Audi (above) third alongside Laurens Vanthoor in the #117 Team75 Porsche on the second row.

Vanthoor and fifth-place qualifier Johnny Adam (Oman Racing Aston Martin) set identical lap times of 2:17.674, with Adam’s car being the only Pro-Am entry to make it into the top 20.

Each of the 20 fastest cars from Thursday’s combined qualifying classification had two clear laps of the circuit and the teams were free to nominate any one of their cars’ drivers for the task.

The full top 20 grid is as follows:

1 #55 Kaspersky Ferrari (Calado)
2 #63 Grasser Lamborghini (Bortolotti)
3 #2 WRT Audi (Vervisch)
4 #117 Team75 Porsche (Vanthoor)
5 #97 Oman Aston Martin (Adam)
6 #1 WRT Audi (Rast)
7 #84 HTP Mercedes (Perera)
8 #14 Emil Frey Jaguar (Costa)
9 #75 ISR Audi (Schmid)
10 #23 Motul Nissan (Ordonez)
11 #99 ROWE BMW (Eng)
12 #76 ISR Audi (van der Linde)
13 #90 AKKA Mercedes (Marciello)
14 #8 M-Sport Bentley (Soulet)
15 #50 Spirit Of Race Ferrari (Pier Guidi)
16 #9 Abt Bentley (Pepper)
17 #7 M-Sport Bentley (Kane)
18 #17 WRT Audi (Green)
19 #25 Sainteloc Audi (Haase)
20 #88 AKKA Mercedes (Juncadella)

Before the shootout, a 30-minute warm-up session was topped by Schmid in the #75 ISR Audi, ahead of Rast in the #1 WRT Audi. It also saw both the rebuilt #22 Motul Nissan and replaced #00 Goodsmile Mercedes get back on track for a shakedown after their Thursday shunts.