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Vanthoor Sets Stunning Time As #911 Porsche Tops Qualifying

Manthey on top ahead of Top 30 Qualifying


The second qualifying session was topped by Laurens Vanthoor in the #911 Manthey Racing Porsche. After not running in the first qualifying session, Vanthoor set a stunning lap of 8:14.503 to set the pace in the session.

The Belgian set his fastest lap at the end of the 1 hour 50 minute session that was held in the dry. His time was 4.4 seconds faster than the best time set in the first qualifying session and less than a tenth better than last year’s qualifying time.

Like 2017, there is a massive gap to the second place car of Richard Westbrook in the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 who set a time more than three-seconds slower than Vanthoor, of 8:17.811 and Tristian Vautier who put in a last gasp lap time to set the third best time of 8:18.686.

The SP9 cars dominated this session with the top 21 cars all being in the class.

Like the first qualifying session, the session was interrupted by many Code 60s, meaning a lot of the drivers looking to get inside the top 30 would be impeded until the final minutes.

The most dramatic crash involved the MSC Sinzig Audi TT who had a dramatic accident coming into Flugplatz. Coming over the rise, the car got light and went into the outside barrier. The impact launched the car into the air with an end-over-end accident spreading debris across the track. Rudi Speich, the driver of the Audi, was however able to get out under his own power and was sent to the medical centre.

Leading the SP-X class was the GTronix 360 Team Renault RS01 with a time of 8:23.626 with the Glickenhaus SCG003C around six seconds slower at 8:28.896.

SP7 was taken by the Team 9und11 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with a time of 8:43.425. The TCR class was led again by the Hyundai N #831 at 8:58.463, 12 seconds faster than their teammates.

Michael Schrey in the Kl Cup 5 class set a record pace of 9:32.025 to top the class in the Hofor Racing/Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i.

148 cars set a time in qualifying with only the #238 BMW M235i entry from Walkenhorst Motorsport now having to seek an exemption from race control should the crew wish to start the race.

The next session is the Top-30 shootout, taking a combination of 15 previously qualified cars and another 15 fastest qualifiers from the combined qualifying sessions to set the front of the grid. The order of the cars will be drawn at 5:30pm local time before the session gets underway at 7pm.

Featured image courtesy of Porsche