Tom Onslow Cole swept aside a strong A6 Pro field to take pole position for the 12H Mugello in the #16 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG GT3 with the fastest ever GT3 time around the Tuscan circuit, a 146.828 a full seven tenths clear of the nearest contender, the identical but A6 Am entered Hofor Racing AMG of Christian Frankenhout. who posted his fastest time at the flag to secure an all Mercedes front row, edging out the #11 Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 of Matteo Mallucelli, the Italian pitting midway through the session for attention to the rear wing, the Ferrari seemingly down on top speed.
The session had been delayed for a full hour after a drain cover came astray on the circuit, requiring a temporary fix (drain void filled with soil and gravel) ahead of a full fix overnight). Rik Breukers would round out the top for in the #88 Car Collection Audi.
Ironically Lamborghini’s Daytona and Sebring winner would edge out a pair of Huracans forming row three, the #77 Barwell car of Martin Kuala ahead of the previous spec #32 car of Imperiale Racing.
Fastest of the non-GT3 cars was the #987 991 class Porsche Cup car from Racunion, a 1:52.6 57 putting them into the top 20 overall, 18th on the grid. SP2 Pole went to the #224 RTR Projects KTM X-Bow (21st overall, 1:55.7 22) with the GT4 pole going to Hofor Racing’s Bonk Motorsport-run BMW M4 GT4 (29th in session, 1:58.0 45) the BMW coming out ahead of the debuting #1 ProSport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 of Nico Verdonck.
In the earlier TCE session to was the #109 Monlau Competition Cupra TCR that topped the times, a 1:58.284, three tenths up on the #102 VW Golf TCTR of Holmgaard Motorsport.
SP3’s pole car got in amongst the TCRs, the #312 Amag First Centri Porsche Ticino Cayman ninth fastest in the session with a 2:01.202 whilst the A3 pole went to the #685 Dan Agro racing Peugeot RCZ, 2:05.396.