There was drama at the end of the qualifying session for Race 1 of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at Misano World Circuit after the provisional pole-setting lap time of Michael Meadows in the #88 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 of 1:33.887 was discounted due to a track limit infringement early in the 20-minute session.
As a result, Nicolas Jamin, who put in a 1:33.961 in the sister #87 entry he shares, for this weekend, with Denis Bulatov took pole for Saturday June 23’s one-hour Sprint Cup race. Jamin was quickest of the Silver category drivers.
Second quickest overall in the first session was the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS driven by Alex Riberas, in the car he shares with Christopher Mies, with a 1:33.999. Completing the top three overall was Nico Bastian in the #90 Akka ASP Team Mercedes who put in a 1:34.062
Quickest of the Pro-Am drivers in the first session was a new entry to the series this season, the #21 Audi Sport Slovakia Audi R8 LMS in which Christian Malcharek lapped in 1:35.349.
Qualifying for Race 2 was marred with a number of entries having lap times deleted for track limit infringements. As the session concluded, however, it was the #88 Akka ASP Team Mercedes who again found itself at the top of the time-sheets, the lap-time of 1:33.212 set by Raffaele Marciello giving the Rabastens, France-based team a double pole-position for the two rounds.
Joining the #88 car on the front row of the 22-car grid will be the #82 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in which Franck Perera set a 1:33.301. Completing the top three was the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Mies who lapped in 1:33.322.
Quickest of the Silver drivers in the second session was Sheldon van der Linde in the #17 WRT Audi who set a 1:34.224 whilst Marcus Winkelhock, driving the #26 Sainteloc Racing Audi he shares with Nyls Stievenart, was the quickest of the Pro-Am class with a 1:33.855.
The lights go out for Race One of the weekend for the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at 19:40 local time on Saturday June 23.
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