Dries Vanthoor, driving the #2 Belgian Audi Club Audi R8 LMS he shares with Will Stevens, took pole position for Race One of Sunday April 6’s two one-hour races of Round Three of the Blancpain GT Series. Vanthhoor lapped the 3.9s km Brands Hatch GP circuit in 1:23.931, the first driver to drop into the 1:23s.
Lining up alongside Vanthoor for Race 1 will be the #66 Attempto Racing Audi in which Steijn Schothorst lapped in 1:24.070 on his ninth lap of ten. Completing the top three was the #88 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 piloted by Michael Meadows who put in a 1:24.318 on his seventh lap of ten.
Quickest of the Silver class in the first qualifying session was the #90 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Nico Bastian who put in a 1:24.438 to take class pole class. Second quickest of the Silver class was the #37 3YTechnology BMW M6 GT3 in which Andrew Watson lapped in 1:24.805
Piti Bhirombhakdi, driving the #39 TP 12-Kessel Racing Ferrari F488 GT3, took pole position in the Pro-Am class with a 1:26.257 in the car he shares with Carlo Van Dam.
Dries Vanthoor was delighted with pole position but, immediately after the session, revealed that he had been struggling with a radio problem.
“It was not an easy session because I had no radio to talk to the team about where I was and the pace but in the end we are on P1 for Race One so that’s really good,” said Vanthoor.
In the second qualifying session, lap times continued to fall and pole position was taken by Frederic Vervisch in the #17 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS with a 1:23.460 set on his tenth lap of twelve.
Lining up alongside Vervisch on the front row of the grid for Race Two will be the #88 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 in which Raffaele Marciello lapped in 1:23.569. Investigations into it-lane infringements involving the #88 car, as well as the #39 TP12-Kessel Racing entry may possibly lead to changes for the grid before Sunday’s race.
Pro-Am pole was taken by Markus Winkelhock in the #26 Sainteloc Racing Audi R8 LMS with a 1:23.927 whilst pole position in the Silver class was taken by Jack Manchester in the #90 Akka ASP Team Mercedes with a 1:24.672.
The lights go out for the first of Sunday’s one-hour Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup races at 12:00 local time.