Mirko Bortolotti, Marco Mapelli and Andrea Caldarelli continued a domination of qualifying in the 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup with a third pole in four races aboard their #63 Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan.
The trio’s combined efforts saw the Lamborghini average 1:54.633 just shading the only other pole-sitting car of the season thus far, Felipe, Fraga, Jules Gounon and Raffaele Marciello (who set pole in the ‘Superpole’ shootout at the Spa 24 Hours) in the #88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo losing out by half a tenth on the average of all three drivers efforts in the trio of 15 minute sessions!
Marciello topped Session 1 with the second session seeing identical times posted by both Mapelli and HRT AMG driver Luca Stolz before Matthieu Jaminet posted the fastest effort of all three sessions, a 1:54.284, to put the #22 GPX Racing Porsche he shares with Matt Campbell and Earl Bamber third on the grid, their effort two-tenths on average off the front row pair but just edging out the #4 HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo by two hundredths of a second – Maro Engel and Stolz flying high in their sessions but seeing their potential pole evaporate as Nico Bastian struggled in the final 15 minutes.
Emil Frey Racing locked out the third row. The #114 beat the #163 to fifth spot, aided by an excellent Q3 effort from Arthur Rougier. Last year’s winner Dinamic Motorsport will line up seventh, followed by the #71 Iron Lynx Ferrari and its sister #51 machine respectively. Crucially, the latter will start three places clear of title rival Team WRT with its #32 Audi.
The Silver Cup pole-winner completed the top-10. Grasser Racing was highly impressive with its #16 Lamborghini as Clemens Schmid, Kiko Galbiati and Tim Zimmerman secured their first pole of the campaign. They edged the #159 Garage 59 Aston Martin, which took 11th overall, while the #14 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini will start third in class and 14th on the grid.
Sky Tempesta Racing earned a commanding Pro-Am pole with its #93 Ferrari. Jonathan Hui and Rino Mastronardi did enough during the opening two sessions to put the car well clear of its rivals and Chris Froggatt completed the job in Q3, adding another point to his class title challenge. The Tempesta car will line up 27th overall, four places clear of the #69 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG, while the #97 Oman Racing Aston Martin of Ahmad Al Harthy, Giacomo Petrobelli and Maxime Martin will start third in class