Fjordbach denies Ulrich a clean sweep of pole positions in Paul Ricard qualifying - results

Fjordbach denies Ulrich a clean sweep of pole positions in Paul Ricard qualifying - results

02.10.2021: • Am champion and Pro-Am leaders split one pole apiece under the floodlights. • Fjordbach denies Ulrich clean sweep in crucial session for #33 Audi. • Saturday’s action brings down the curtain on thrilling inaugural season. Qualifying 1 resu

•    Am champion and Pro-Am leaders split one pole apiece under the floodlights.

•    Fjordbach denies Ulrich clean sweep in crucial session for #33 Audi.

•    Saturday’s action brings down the curtain on thrilling inaugural season.

Qualifying 1 result

Qualifying 2 result

Christoph Ulrich and Anders Fjordbach ensured it would be a pole position apiece for the recently crowned Am champion, and the current Pro-Am points leaders, under the floodlights at Circuit Paul Ricard.

The Swiss left it late to secure his fifth pole position of the season, more than any other driver, and will start up front for the opening contest tomorrow. He then went close but couldn’t quite deny the #33 High Class Racing Audi from taking top spot in Fjordbach’s hands in the second part of the session.

For Fjordbach, that result could prove crucial in the destiny of the inaugural Pro-Am crown; having qualified adrift of Peter Guelinckx in the #81 PK Carsport by Heinz Audi for the opener, the pressure was on the Dane to deny their chief rivals the opportunity to start ahead for both contests.

He responded in fine style, with a series of blistering laps around the 5.8km circuit enough to secure the team’s third pole position of the campaign, with Bert Longin behind team-mate David Brabham (Brabham BT63) in fourth.
Q1: Am champion Ulrich fastest under the floodlights

Ulrich’s late-session charge proved enough to secure top spot for the opening race on Saturday, the #7 Sportec KTM posting a 2:07.279 to go eight tenths of a second clear of erstwhile session leader Sehdi Sarmini (True Racing).

Sarmini, racing solo in Pro-Am this weekend in the absence of regular team-mate Stefan Rosina, survived a moment with the guardrail at Turn 2, but it remains to be seen if his result will escape intact, the #16 entry under investigation post-session by the officials.

Cedric Leimer’s #63 Auto Vitesse Lamborghini also enjoyed a brief stint at the head of the field, but eventually had to settle for third, with Dennis Andersen fourth in the High Class-run Brabham despite contact with the guardrail at Turn 7.

Kris Rosenberger rounded out the top five in the #24 Reiter Engineering-run KTM, with Peter Guelinckx sixth to apply the pressure amongst the Pro-Am title contenders, Mark Patterson only ninth behind Jaromir Jirik (#32 Target Racing Lamborghini) and the leading Porsche 911 of Leonardo Gorini (LP Racing).

Aurelijus Rusteika was tenth fastest in the Speed Factory Racing-run #5 Porsche, four tenths clear of JM Litmann for Scuderia Ravetto & Ruberti on debut in the invitational Ferrari 488 Evo.

Cyril Leimer’s #19 Auto Vitesse Lamborghini and the #88 LP Racing Audi of Stephane Ratel were next, the classified runners completed by Stefan Larsson after the #27 Target Racing Lamborghini struggled to set a competitive lap time.
Hubert Trunkenpolz’s lap times in the #17 True Racing KTM were deleted post session after the team began working on the car, with the #11 PK Carsport Audi unfortunately sidelined for the weekend after damage sustained during practice earlier in the day.

Q2: Fjordbach and Patterson take important step towards Pro-Am title

Ulrich briefly topped the second part of qualifying as well after the initial flying laps, but from thereon in it quickly developed into a battle between the two warring Audi squads at the Pro-Am championship summit.

A series of typically blistering laps from rapid Dane Fjordbach put the #33 Audi 2.3 seconds ahead of Longin and, although Ulrich was able to rally and re-claim second spot, he was powerless to prevent the #33 Audi from sealing a third pole position of the season.

Longin looked to be on course for a solid third spot, but Fjordbach’s High Class team-mate David Brabham put in a stellar late effort to head up the second row alongside the Belgian, rounding out a solid competitive debut for the new Brabham BT63.

Luca Pirri’s late improvement put the #88 Audi fifth behind Longin, with Julien Piguet the leading Lamborghini campaigner in sixth for Auto Vitesse. Michael Vergers took the Speed Factory Porsche to an improved seventh, four tenths clear of Mauro Casadei in the #27 Lamborghini.

Sarmini fared well against more experienced opposition in the second session to round out the ten fastest runners, the #16 KTM just behind Cyril Leimer in the other Auto Vitesse-run Lamborghini. He finished the 20-minute session just 0.025 seconds ahead of debutante Huilan Han, the Chinese racer desperately unlucky to miss out on the top ten in his first outing for Target Racing.

Luca Demarchi’s #3 Ferrari, the #911 Porsche in Leonardo Gorini’s charge and Hans Joachim Stuck’s #24 Reiter KTM were blanketed by less than a second to round out the runners.

Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to inaugural title fight!

Both races from a nail-biting final chapter in the story of this season’s Pro-Am title fight will be broadcast live and free-to-view on the GTWorld and GTWorld Français YouTube channels this Saturday.

The opening race gets underway in the daylight at 11:20 (CEST), with the season finale at 20:10 under the floodlights.

- SRO also photos


02.10.2021 / MaP

More News

Four Audi R8 LMS at the Intercontinental GT Challenge in Indianapolis
Indianapolis 8 Hour 2021    Audi Sport Teams Saintéloc and WRT on the grid    Teams and drivers want to increase Audi’s championship lead    Second edition of the Indianapolis 8 Hour more >>
Four-way battle for overall Endurance Cup title headlines season-closing trip to Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya
•    Ultra-competitive campaign concludes in Spain with three-hour contest•    Endurance Cup titles go to the wire, titanic battle for overall championship in prospect•    Expanded field of 47 cars includes new Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 and BMW M4 GT3•    more >>
GT World Challenge Valencia weekend roundup
After 368 laps staged across 10 races at five venues, the 2021 Sprint Cup season concluded last weekend at Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia. The 4km track on the outskirts of the city was a new addition to the calendar, making it impossible to know what to exp more >>
Fanatec GT2 European Series prepares for Paul Ricard showdown
•    Season-high grids as inaugural season concludes in Le Castellet.•    Pro-Am contenders, #33 and #81 Audis, arrive just 14 points apart.•    Double header this Saturday broadcast live on the GTWorld and GTWorld Français YouTube channels.  more >>
Pro-Am and Silver Cup titles decided at Valencia, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT concludes season with victory
•    Stozl/Engel unmatched at Spanish track with double victory for Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT•    Attempto Racing Audi and AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG share Silver Cup race wins •    Fontana and Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini survive tense weekend to seal Silver Cup titles • &nbs more >>
GT World Challenge Sprint Cup Valencia Qualifying 2 classification
Fanatec GTWC pwrd by AWS Sprint Cup Round 9ValenciaSaturday, September 25, 2021STARTED: 26 CLASSIFIED: 26 NOT CLASSIFIED: 0 DISQUALIFIED: 01 6 L.Stolz/M.Engel Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT 9 1:32.094 156.5 16:18:45 more >>
GT World Challenge Sprint Cup Valencia Qualifying 1 classification
Fanatec GTWC pwrd by AWS Sprint Cup Round 9ValenciaSaturday, September 25, 2021STARTED: 27 CLASSIFIED: 26 NOT CLASSIFIED: 1 DISQUALIFIED: 01 38 B.Barnicoat/O.Wilkinson Jota 9 1:32.711 155.5 15:49:13PRO McLaren 72 more >>
JOTA McLaren and Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT share overall poles for Sprint Cup finale at Valencia
•    Ben Barnicoat sends #38 McLaren to the top in Q1, Maro Engel edges Q2 in #6 Mercedes-AMG•    Mercedes-AMG sweeps Silver Cup poles thanks to Toksport WRT and AKKA ASP•    SPS Automotive Performance ignites Pro-Am title fight with double pole for #20 Mercedes-AMG   more >>
Valencia GT World Challenge Practice 1 - Marciello ahead of Weerts and Perez Companc, results- livestream
GT WORLD CHALLENGE EuropeCircuito Ricardo Tormo, Valencia SpainSaturday, September 25th 2021Livestream here all sessionsFull results here more >>
CMR still in contention for the GT4 European Series title
In the GT4 European Series races at the Nürburgring, SVC Motorsport Group celebrated its best result of the season so far with the GR Supra GT4. Antoni Chodzen and Patrick Zamparini finished second in the Am class in both races.  In the Am category&rs more >>
Provisional British GT Championship Oulton Park results amended and finalised
- Team ABBA Racing excluded from both races- Results alter GT3 Drivers Championship battle The Intelligent Money British GT Championship’s provisional results from rounds seven and eight at Oulton Park have been amended and finalised more >>
GT World Pro-Am and Silver Cup titles go to the wire as Sprint Cup campaign concludes at Valencia
•    Curtain falls on Sprint Cup season with 27-car field tackling 4km Spanish venue•    Teams' and drivers' crowns up for grabs in two classes •    Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS set for maiden appearance at Valencia  more >>
GT World Asia Esports Championship calendar and Suzuka 10 Hours livestream this Saturday
SUZUKA 10 HOURS TIMETABLE04:30 GMT / 12:30 HKT: Free Practice (30mins)05:15 GMT / 13:15 HKT: Qualifying (15mins)06:10 GMT / 14:10 HKT: RaceClick below to set a reminder for Saturday’s broadcast:  more >>
Suzuka 10 Hours kicks off Asia Esports Endurance Series campaign this Saturday
•    19 entries set for Japan’s legendary Summer Endurance Race•    Entry list: Suzuka 10 Hours HERE  more >>
SRO Motorsports Group reveals 2022's nine-race Intelligent Money British GT Championship calendar
- Oulton Park returns to traditional Easter bank holiday slot- Longer,three-hour format for first of Donington's two rounds- Official entry process opens on December 1st, 2021- MSV's new GB4 Championship joins support series roster more >>
Super Typhoon brings challenges for Lamborghini in GT Super Sprint Challenge
•    Five-strong entry battles the elements in double-header at Shanghai International Circuit•    Adolf Lee of TRT leads Super Trofeo Class after four races of new all-Am series•    Double podium success for Markus Engel on series debut more >>
Race wins for RAM, WPI and Newbridge as Century's Burns and Burton clinch GT4 title at Oulton
Fletcher and Malvern share GT3 poles while Newbridge clean up in GT4 qualifying at Oulton
Titles decided on dramatic weekend of Sprint Cup racing at Brands Hatch
•    Team WRT Audi takes provisional Sprint Cup drivers' and teams' titles•    #32 Audi duo take race 1 victory, #6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT snatches race 2 honours•    Team WRT Audi and Toksport WRT add Silver Cup wins to overall triumphs •    Barw more >>
Marciello and Boguslavskiy secure pole sweep for AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG at Brands Hatch
•    Perfect qualifying result for AKKA ASP with #88 Mercedes-AMG •    JOTA McLaren loses opening race pole following two-place grid penalty for Barnicoat•    Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini and Toksport WRT Mercedes-AMG share Silver Cup poles•    Barwell Motorsport sweeps Pr more >>
GTWC: New driver pairings for Walkenhorst Motorsport
Walkenhorst Motorsport will compete with three established drivers and three new drivers in the cockpits of the two BMW M6 GT3 in the remaining two races of the season in the Endurance Cup, within the FANATEC GT World Challenge Europe, at the Nürburgring (GER, 5th September) and Barcelona (ESP, 10th October). more >>
Sprint Cup title battle reaches crucial phase with 29-car field set for Brands Hatch return
•    British circuit makes popular comeback for penultimate Sprint Cup contest of 2021•    Overall and Silver Cup titles up for grabs, everything to play for in Pro-Am •    Tickets on sale for action-packed two-day event   more >>
GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup Brands Hatch entry list, timetable
2021 FANATEC GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup - Brands Hatch28-29 August 2021Timetable Brands Hatch HERE more >>
Will Burns Stars At Snetterton With Brilliant British GT Podium Finish
Will Burns scored a fantastic GT4 class podium finish at Snetterton this past weekend (07/08 August), a result that means he and team-mate Gus Burton have extended their advantage at the top of the British GT Championship standings.After scoring a podium finish more >>
British GT Championship Snetterton GT3 and GT4 races 2 review, quotes
Race 2: Victory puts Loggie and Buurman back in title contention; Moore and Cowley score GT4 win at SnettertonRAM RACING DUO BEAT BALON/MITCHELL IN MIXED CONDITIONSEARLY PITSTOP HELPS ACADEMY BAG FIRST WIN SINCE BRANDS HATCH 2020 more >>
FDA Esports Team celebrates 24 Hours of Spa victory thanks to ultra-professional performance from Ferrari crew
•    Italian squad wins in style from 13th on the grid with #51 Ferrari line-up of Tonizza/De Salvo/Laurito •    Racing Line Motorsport second after perfect race with #191 Bentley, VRS Coanda Simsport third with #18 Porsche more >>
British GT Snetterton Race 1: Lights to flag victory for Al Harthy and Eastwood
 Collard and Kell maintain McLaren's GT4 streak at - Oman Racing with TF Sport beat Paddock Motorsport to GT3 win- Disappointment turns to celebration for Team Rocket RJN   Oman Racing with TF S more >>
British GT Poles for Al Harthy, Valente, Lind and Robertson at Snetterton
- Oman Racing with TF Sport and Barwel start up front in GT3- GT4 goes the way of Team Rocket RJN and Assetto Motorsport Ahmad Al Harthy, Alain Valente, Dennis Lind and Charlie Robertson will start Sunday's two Int more >>
First official running of virtual 24 Hours of Spa takes place this weekend, timetable, livestream
Ultimate test awaits Assetto Corsa Competizione racers as GT World Challenge Europe Esports gets set for 24 Hours of Spa•    33 teams and 11 different GT3 models confirmed for twice-around-the-clock race  •    Entry List more >>
Brabham Automotive to compete in Fanatec GT2 European Series with new BT63 GT2 concept
SRO Motorsports Group, together with Brabham Automotive, is delighted to announce Brabham Automotive’s intent to compete in the invitational class of the 2022 Fanatec GT2 European Series with the new Brabham BT63 GT2 Concept.The first step in this exciting journe more >>
Orange1 FFF Racing Team equals its best result at the 2021 Spa 24 Hours
Orange 1 FFF Racing Team battled for a great result at the 2021 24 Hours of Spa, the headline event of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli calendars. The Chinese squad took eighth place with the #63 Lam more >>
British GT4 at Snetterton - Recent Snett results favour McLaren
GT4 is back to full strength this weekend thanks to the return of Fox Motorsport’s McLaren and Ciceley Motorsport’s Mercedes-AMG, neither of which could attend Spa where Balfe Motorsport’s Jack Brown and Ashley Marshall claimed their maiden British GT wins, as well as McLaren’s first of the season. more >>
British GT3 at Snetterton - Tight at the top with five to go
Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind’s title ambitions looked to have been dealt a crippling blow at Donington. But fast forward two weeks and Barwell’s #63 Lamborghini sat atop the Drivers’ standings once again thanks to its commanding victory at Spa.Ordin more >>
British GT Championship season reaches halfway stage with first sprint races at Snetterton
- 50 points available across two 60-minute contests this Sunday- British GT helps celebrate Snetterton's 70th anniversary- Minute's silence to hnour volunteer Marshal Robert FooteENTRY LIST  SNETTERTON HERE more >>
Saintéloc Racing and Fullmotorsport successful in GT4 European Series
At the fourth round of the GT4 European Series, two Audi customer teams continued their streak of success. The two French teams Saintéloc Racing and Fullmotorsport have the chance to win several European Championship titles with the Audi R8 LMS GT4 this year. more >>
Antoine Potty at Spa : “We more than limited the damage”
Antoine Potty and Stéphane Lémeret arrived at Spa-Francorchamps as leaders of the GT4 European Series Silver Cup championship but had a difficult weekend for their home event. However, by taking 4th and 3rd place, the two Belgians remain co-leaders of the championship and have every chance of winning the crown at the end of the season.   more >>
At Spa Oregon Team strikes again with Gilardoni - Pulcini
Oregon Team celebrates another victory with Kevin Gilardoni and Leonardo Pulcini in one of the toughest races of the entire championship. The team, led by Jerry Canevisio and Piergiorgio Testa, ended the weekend on the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps striking again in Race 2. more >>
United Autosports reclaim GT4 silver Championship lead with race win at Spa
•    Race win for Bailey Voisin and Charlie Fagg in #23 McLaren 570S GT4•    Maiden pole position for Bailey Voisin in debut season in GT4•    Great pace shown in recovery battle for Gus Bowers and Dean Macdonald in #32•    Sixth consecutive race win at Spa Francorch more >>
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe: Oregon Team claim fourth win of 2021 at Spa with Gilardoni and Pulcini
   Fourth win of the season for Oregon Team’s Pulcini and Gilardoni    Basz and Lewandowski secure another Pro-Am victory with second overall    Superb 11th place finish gives Freymuth Am triumph with Fabri winning LB Cup more >>


2001-2021 full copyright