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Chila Puts GRAFF On Pole At Barcelona

Krypton on top in GT3

Adrien Chila took pole position for today’s Le Mans Cup race at Barcelona in the #39 GRAFF Norma M30 with a 1:42.895 in Qualifying. His performance scored the first pole of GRAFF this season.

Behind Chila, three other Normas made it a lockout of the front two rows for the M30. The #3 DKR Engineering (1:42.949) ended up second, ahead of the #2 Nielsen Racing (1:43.038) and the #11 Racing Experience (1:43.616) examples. The first of the Ligier JS P3s was the #90 AT Racing Ligier JSP3 shared by Talkanista father and son (1:44.000), over a second off the pole-sitting car.

Most of the session was led by Francois Kirmann in the #3 DKR Engineering Norma M30. The Frenchman took provisional pole on his second flying lap (1:42.949). Chila clocked his fastest lap in the final seconds of the session after he improved in the track’s middle sector.

Further down in the ranks, Marateotto in the #5 DKR Engineering Norma M30 went off and nearly missed Turn 3’s wall at the beginning of the session. The Italian ended in seventh position (1:44.142) on the grid.

The LMP3 Cup leader – the #25 Lanan Racing Norma M30 – did not compete in the session as the car could not be repaired following an accident in free practice. (More on that in DSC’s forthcoming ELMS pre-race notes here at Barcelona)

Meanwhile, in GT3, Stefano Pezzucchi in the #35 Krypton Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 scored his first pole this season too with a 1:46.355 tour of the circuit. The #8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Sergio Pianezzola ended up second, less than a tenth of a second behind the pole-sitting car (1:46.394).

The session started with a fight between the two current GT3 class leaders. Pianezzola in the #8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, set three consecutive fastest laps before Lavergne in the #71 Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 replied by setting the provisional pole on its fourth attempt (1:46.498).

It looked like it would be a straight fight between the two Ferraris yet, Baccani in the #88 Ebimotors Porsche 911 GT3R and Stefano Pezzucchi in the #35 Krypton Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 rose to the top of the time sheets towards the end of the session, Kryptoon took pole and Ebimotors slotted in fourth.

“It was a tricky day yesterday as I could only cover two laps. We had some problems with the car. I believe these have been sorted over night. I am now quite hopeful for the race,” Pezzucchi said.

Next up for the Michelin Le Mans Cup runners is the race starting at 1 pm local time.