Pole position and third place on the grid for Mercedes-AMG at Spa 24-hour race

Pole position and third place on the grid for Mercedes-AMG at Spa 24-hour race

24.10.2020: In an exciting Super Pole session, Mercedes-AMG secured itself top starting grid positions for the 72nd running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. On a damp track, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) drove the #88 car of the Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP on his first flying


In an exciting Super Pole session, Mercedes-AMG secured itself top starting grid positions for the 72nd running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. On a damp track, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) drove the #88 car of the Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP on his first flying lap to the fastest time of 2m 32.166s that none of the other competitors was able to match. For Marciello, it is his first-ever career pole position in the Belgian classic.



With this result, Mercedes-AMG is continuing its streak in the major endurance racing highlights: in both the 24-hour races at Spa and at the Nürburgring, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach secured first place on the grid in 2019 and in 2020. Maro Engel, who posted the fastest lap time at Spa last year, once again presented himself in excellent shape today and qualified the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT car in third place. I


n the only Super Pole car from outside the Pro category, Benjamin Hites (CHI) ended up in 19th position. As a result, the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the AKKA ASP Team will be starting from pole position in the Silver Cup tomorrow. The second-placed car in the Silver category will be the #84 HTP-Winward Motorsport entry that will be starting the 24-hour race from 21st on the overall grid.



Mercedes-AMG also has good chances in the Pro-Am category, in which the #87 AKKA ASP Team car already secured second place in class in yesterday’s qualifying already (37th grid position overall).




•    Mercedes-AMG continues its streak of pole positions in the major 24-hour races


•    Mercedes-AMG GT3 in starting grid positions 1, 3, 19, 21, 33, 34, 37, 45, 46 and 50


•    Customer Racing Teams with pole position and P2 in the Silver Cup as well as P2 in the Pro-Am class





1st place, Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP (#88):
“It was a very good Super Pole session for us, the team had set the Mercedes-AMG GT3 up perfectly. Of course, pole position is nice, but the most important thing is that we will be starting from the top 5 to stay out of the turmoil at the start. And then, a long race with a night that will be considerably longer than in previous years is awaiting us, but we are prepared really well.”




3rd place, Maro Engel, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#4)
: “That was a real super qualifying for us, but it was also somewhat difficult in the drying conditions at the track. With P3 in the strong field, we can be very happy. The car ran very well and was once again perfectly set up by HRT. Congratulations also to Lello who really had a super lap and deservedly made it onto pole position. Now, I am looking forward to the race. I have two strong teammates and tomorrow, I will be attacking together with them.”



19th place, Benjamin Hites, AKKA ASP Team (#89):
“Super Pole was okay for us. We had to go out on track straight away and it hadn’t dried out as much as later on in the session. Nevertheless, we did quite well. Our car was fast, huge thanks to the AKKA ASP Team. Pole position in the Silver Cup is yet another motivation to give it our all tomorrow.”
 


 
Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes

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