Filipe Albuquerque in the #22 United Autosports Oreca, continued his dominant ELMS qualifying form with a clean sweep of the season so far (plus the final two races of 2019), his 1:33.928 a qualifying lap record around Monza as he fought off a spirited challenge from G-Drive’s Nyck de Vries in the #26 Aurus.
Both eventual front row cars took a second set of tyres to try to get the job done but it was the Portuguese that finally got the job done, a last effort giving him just under a single tenth of a second over the rapid young Dutchman.
A last gasp effort from Duqueine’s Konstantin Tereschenko looked as if it might see the #30 car trouble the front row, a tenth up on pole position as the Russian driver worked the final sector, but the run faded in the last couple of corners, third on the grid though continues his fine form for 2020 as he out-paced an early session effort from Nico Lapierre in the #37 Cool Racing Oreca.
Wayne Boyd came out on top in a tough LMP3 qualifying session that only saw the #2 Ligier on top of the timesheets (with a 1:43.017) after the United Autosports man was able to finally see off a near session-long challenge from RLR MSport’s young teenage sensation Malthe Jakobsen.
Jakobsen led the short session more than once and pushed hard to the very end, seeing off the early session challenges of Laurents Hörr and David Droux but finally unable to match the pace of Boyd, his efforts though were impressive, he finished the session a couple of tenths back from Boyd who would set up yet another double pole position from United Autosports and score his third pole position in the four races thus far in the ELMS season.
Andrea Piccini claimed the first-ever ELMS pole position for his Iron Lynx team in the first of the trio of 10-minute qualifying sessions, a light breeze and 20 degrees of autumn heat adding to a picture-perfect afternoon with the #60 Ferrari man outpacing his GTE rivals with a 1:46.113, enough to see off the Porsche attack with Richard Lietz claiming second on the class grid in the #93 Proton Competition 911 RSR some three tenths back.
Third in the class was the second Porsche, Alessio Picariello a couple of tenths further away in the 77 Proton Porsche, just clear of a late-session push from Matt Griffin in the #55 Spirit of race Ferrari.
Rahel Frey was next up after losing faster times to track limits violations with Gunnar Jeannette sixth in the JMW Ferrari.
David Perel propped up the order after failing to register a qualifying time in the #74 Kessel 488 GTE due to track limits violations through the session.