Despite a session-long challenge from Joel Eriksson (Senkyr Motorsport BMW), it was Fran Rueda in the #47 Teo Martin BMW that took pole position for this afternoon’s 60-minute GT Open encounter.
Rueda and Eriksson were at the top of the timing sheets for most of the session. The BMW pair exchanged fastest laps at several points during the half-hour session, with Eriksson taking the lead twice, only for both laps to be disallowed due to exceeding track limits.
Ultimately, Rueda would be the only driver to break the 2:16 barrier with a 2:15.881, which he set on his penultimate flying lap.
Eriksson will line-up second courtesy of his 2:16.232 lap time, despite having to pull in during the session after a puncture that made itself known at Blanchimont.
It will be an all-Mercedes second row when the lights go out this afternoon, with Tom Onslow-Cole (#20 SPS Mercedes) lining up ahead of the #16 Drivex Mercedes of Allam Khodair. With four cars between the pair and the next PRO-AM entry, it could well be between the Mercedes’ for class honours this afternoon.
Luzich Racing’s flagship #51 PRO class Ferrari will start lower down the order than the paddock has become accustomed to, with Alessandro Pier Guidi only managing fifth ahead of the #3 Teo Martin BMW driven in qualifying by Juan Cruz Álvarez.
In AM, Thiago Marques will take the class pole, having qualified 17th overall in the #7 Teo Martin BMW.
This afternoon’s race gets underway at 14:30 CEST.
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