GTWC Europe – Team WRT monopolizes the poles at Misano

GTWC Europe – Team WRT monopolizes the poles at Misano
GTWC Europe – Team WRT monopolizes the poles at Misano

The BMW M4 GT3 – Team WRT shone in Q1 on the Italian night, for what seemed like a one-two finish for the Bavarian cars. Dries Vanthoor was on course to take pole in 1’31″423 in the No. 32, 14 thousandths ahead of Maxime Martin (No. 46). But the lap of the youngest Vanthoor saw his best lap canceled for exceeding the limits of the track, offering pole position to Maxime Martin and his teammate Valentino Rossi, on the Italian driver’s home ground.

Ben Green (Ferrari 296 GT3 n°14 – Emil Frey Racing) will start on the front row and precedes Mattia Drudi (Aston Martin Vantage GT3 n°7 – Comtoyou Racing) and Bronze Cup pole sitter Marvin Dienst (Porsche 911 GT3 R n°54 – Dinamic GT). The third row will be 100% WRT with Silver Cup pole sitter Calan Williams (BMW n°30 – Team WRT) alongside Dries Vanthoor.

The first Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 n°72 – Barwell Motorsport of Patrick Kujala climbs into 7th position. The best McLaren 720S GT3 EVO n°159 – Garage 59 of Tom Gamble will start in 9th position alongside the best Audi R8 LMS GT3 n°88 – Tresor Attempto Racing of Christopher Haase.

Disappointment on the other hand for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO since the two Pro cars, the n°9 – Boutsen VDS of Jules Gounon and the n°48 – Winward Racing Team Mann Filter of Maro Engel only take 20th and 21st positions.

Pole in the Gold Cup goes to Lucas Légeret (Audi n°111 – CSA Racing).

In Q2, Charles Weerts secured pole position with the #32 BMW – Team WRT, this time without exceeding the track limits, with pole position taken in 1’31″558. This is the first pole position for Weerts since his time in BMW.

Lucas Auer brings smiles back to the Mercedes-AMG clan, with the second time at 28 thousandths with the No. 48 Mercedes – Winward Racing Team Mann Filter. Giacomo Altoe (Ferrari no. 69 – Emil Frey Racing) follows in third position and will start alongside Gold Cup pole sitter Simon Gachet (Audi no. 111 – CSA Racing), for a double for Kévin Chanas’ team in the class.

Very good fifth place for Valentino Rossi (BMW n°46 – Team WRT) ahead of the McLaren n°159 – Garage 59 of Benjamin Goethe and the Porsche n°96 – Rutronik Racing of Patric Niederhauser. Ivan Klymenko took pole position in the Silver Cup with the No. 26 – Saintéloc Racing Audi when Jonthan Hui took the No. 93 – Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari to pole in the Bronze Cup.

Race 1 of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup at Misano will start tomorrow at 2 p.m. and will be followed live on video on Endurance-Info.

The times are HERE (Q1) and HERE (Q2)

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