Pole position for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in Spa 24-hour race

Pole position for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in Spa 24-hour race

31.07.2021: TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa In a thrilling Super Pole session, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured itself an outstanding initial situation for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. Just before the evening shoot-out session got underway, a brief rain sho


TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa




In a thrilling Super Pole session, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured itself an outstanding initial situation for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. Just before the evening shoot-out session got underway, a brief rain shower made track conditions difficult. Raffaele Marciello (ITA) remained totally unfazed behind the wheel of the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car.


The 26-year-old was the last of the 20 participants to go out on track and used his first clear lap to post the outright fastest time of 2m 17.949s. As a result, Marciello repeated his success from the previous year. In 2019, first place on the grid for the endurance racing classic also went to Mercedes-AMG, back then secured by Maro Engel (GER).


The Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador was able to convince this year as well: with the #4 GT3 run by Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, he set the third-fastest time in Super Pole. Felipe Fraga (BRA) added another top ten starting grid position as he drove the #89 AKKA ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 to tenth place.


In the team’s #87 sister car, Thomas Drouet (FRA) secured 16th place and was the third-fastest Silver Cup entry. Philip Ellis (SUI) rounded out the Super Pole result with the #57 WINWARD Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 19th place overall and fourth place in the Silver Cup.




•    Raffaele Marciello again secures pole position at Spa-Francorchamps after 2020

•    Mercedes-AMG GT3s in starting grid positions 1, 3, 10, 16, 19, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 41 and 50

 

1st place, Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP #88: “Starting from pole position is always good, even though it doesn’t say anything about the outcome of the race. My lap was good. I fully attacked but I don’t know whether the others had given it their all.


Thankfully, the rain shower just prior to the start of the Super Pole didn’t have a big effect. The track remained relatively dry, so that conditions were the same for everyone. Our goal was a top five grid position. Like that, you have better chances to slightly stay out of the turmoil of the opening stages. That is what we managed to achieve. Now, we are looking forward to the race.”



3rd place, Maro Engel, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4:
“Third place is a good starting grid position for the 24-hour race. The car was very good, but I made a little mistake on my lap. All in all, however, we all can be happy, I guess. Congratulations to Raffaele on his super lap.

He and his guys have been quick all week so far already. Now, we are looking forward to the race together with the team, it will certainly be extremely interesting again. We will be giving it our utmost, as ever.”




 
Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes

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