Mercedes-AMG secures three Super Pole slots in difficult conditions

Mercedes-AMG secures three Super Pole slots in difficult conditions

22.10.2020: Total 24 Hours of Spa Spa-Francorchamps Thursday, October 22nd 2020 Mixed conditions prevailed on the first day of track action at the Total 24 Hours of Spa: while practice and pre-qualifying were largely held in the dry, rain set in just befor


Total 24 Hours of Spa
Spa-Francorchamps
Thursday, October 22nd 2020





Mixed conditions prevailed on the first day of track action at the Total 24 Hours of Spa: while practice and pre-qualifying were largely held in the dry, rain set in just before qualifying in the evening.


In the dark and on a wet track, the teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3s convinced with a cautious drive style and picked up speed as the track dried out towards the end of the four-heat session.



In the process, Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS), Felipe Fraga (BRA) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) posted the fastest combined lap time from the total of ten GT3s from Affalterbach.


The trio put the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car in fourth place, just ahead of Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) with the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT machine in fifth place.

 

 

 

With the #89 AKKA ASP Team car classified 17th in qualifying, Alex Fontana (SUI), Benjamin Hites (CHI) and Lucas Légeret (SUI) also managed to secure one of the coveted slots for Friday’s Super Pole session.

In the process, the trio also posted the fastest lap time in the Silver Class and became the only non-Pro car to make it into Super Pole.



The Mercedes-AMG Super Pole cars and their positions in combined qualifying:


•    P4: Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP #88

•    P5: Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4

•    P17: AKKA ASP TEAM #89

 

Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP (#88): “It was a good qualifying for us. We have achieved our goal and qualified for Super Pole. Now, that is what our full focus is on in order to secure the best possible starting grid position for the race.”



Luca Stolz, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#4)
: “That was a tricky qualifying. I don’t think we have had that before this year, having to drive a qualifying in the rain. However, HRT had prepared a great Mercedes-AMG GT3 for us. It was clear straight away that Maro was doing superbly. Then I got into the car and it went well, too. Unfortunately, I had some traffic on my final lap, but nevertheless, we are very happy with P5 and with having qualified for Super Pole. The first box has already been ticked!”



Benjamin Hites, AKKA ASP Team (#89)
: “Wet and dark, that really isn’t the best combination to drive a qualifying. In any case, it was the first time for me. However, our car was great. I tried several lines and found sufficient grip to attack. Now, we are on pole position in the Silver class and we are the only Silver car in Super Pole. I am really happy.”





Gabriele Piana, Haupt Racing Team (#5
): “Conditions were extremely difficult for a qualifying. Too bad that I had a lot of traffic in front of me at the end, otherwise I could have gone slightly faster, but it was enough to post the fastest lap time in the first qualifying segment. However, it was clear that this wouldn’t last long. We may not have qualified for Super Pole, but the race is long enough to make up positions.”



Ezequiel Perez Companc, Madpanda Motorsport (#90):
“Especially at the start of qualifying, conditions were still very wet and bad, so that the average time of our four drivers ended up considerably worse than those of other Silver Cup teams with only three drivers. That, sadly, is a disadvantage for us that translates directly to the starting grid position. However, we are looking ahead and we hope for the race to start in the dry.”
 



 
Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes



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