The championship-leading #3 DKR Engineering Norma will start today’s Le Mans Cup race at Spa from pole position. Francois Kirmann managed to score his third pole of the season, taking the top spot with a 2:14.628 late in the Qualifying session, a lap almost half a second up on the rest of the field.
There were plenty of changes to the top of the order in the frantic LMP3 Qualifying session at Spa, with a lot of shuffling right at the end when the tyres were at their peak.
In the end, GRAFF’s pair of Normas ended up second and third, with Eric Trouillet taking second with a 2:15.106 narrowly beating his teammate Adrien Chila who pushed Lanan’s example to fourth after a late flyer.
Title contender Mike Benham on his return to Le Mans Cup after his big incident at Barcelona looked quick and ended up fourth in Lanan Racing’s #25 Ligier, with Tony Wells putting Nielsen Racing’s Norma fifth.
As has often been the case in Le Mans Cup competition, the Normas have had the upper hand in pace during Qualifying. The top seven in the session all M30s, the best of the Ligiers was the #90 from AT Racing, three seconds off the pole time in eighth.
Fabien Lavergne put Luzich Racing on pole in GT3 for a third time this year after a stunning 2:17.902 at the very end of the session. Prior to that final flyer, the Frenchman had lost his best time due to a track limits violation which dropped him to second behind the #8 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Sergio Pianezzola.
In the end, his 2:17 was almost a second clear of Pianezzola, who will start on the front row alongside him. the #35 Krypton Motorsport Mercedes completed the top three after Stefano Pezzicchi bettered Andrew Howard’s best time, pushing Beechdean AMR’s Vantage to fourth.
The GT3 session was interrupted by a red flag after the Ebimotors Porsche pulled off the circuit and stopped at Stavelot.
“The red flag came at the wrong moment, just when the tyres were working well. I had to push at the end but the car was amazing. Every point counts, now we have to do our job in the race,” said Lavergne.
Today’s race is set to start at 15:55 local time in Belgium.
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