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BRNO (24 May, 2019) – The Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#88, Jürgen Häring / Taki Konstantinou / Tim Müller / Markus Winkelhock) has claimed its first pole position of the season at this year’s Hankook 12H BRNO. Markus Winkelhock lapped the 5.403km Automotodrom Brno in 2m 01.499s to secure the German team’s second front row start of this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

  Car Collection Motorsport erobert bei den Hankook 12H BRNO erste Pole-Position des Jahres
  Car Collection Motorsport décroche sa première pole position de la saison aux Hankook 12H BRNO
  Car Collection Motorsport behaalt bij Hankook 12H BRNO eerste pole position van het jaar

Results Qualifying GT / TCE - Overall & Per class


This year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI winners did admit though that slippery conditions on-track could prove difficult for everyone during the 12-hour race. 
 
“I’m happy for our car and our team to be on pole position, but it was not easy, I have to say,” Markus Winkelhock explained to radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley. “I didn’t put all my sectors together, and there’s not a lot of grip, so the rear end is sliding a lot. If you have a one-hour stint, you really have to look after the tyres. It will be tough, but at the end of the day, it’s the same problem for everyone.”

In the closing moments, the OLIMP Racing Audi R8 LMS Evo 2019 (#8, Marcin Jedlinski / Mateusz Lisowski / Karol Basz) closed to within 0.160s of the polesitter to secure both a front row start and the fastest time in A6-Pro. The result also means an all-Audi front row for this year’s Hankook 12H BRNO.
 
OLIMP Racing’s final run consequently pushed the Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 (#11, Jiří Písařík / Josef Kral / Matteo Malucelli) down to 3rd on the grid. Already a two-time winner at Brno since the event’s first running in 2015, the Czech team also has two wins to its name in the 24H SERIES this season, and currently leads the GT European Championship over the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R by just three points. The latter  (#91, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Robert Renauer) will start 6th.
 
The second Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#34, Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff / Max Edelhoff / Gustav Edelhoff) lines up 4th on the grid, securing a 1-2 starting formation for the German team in A6-Am in the process. The Wochenspiegel Team Monschau Ferrari 488 GT3 meanwhile (#22, Georg Weiss / Leonard Weiss / Hendrik Still / Jochen Krumbach / Oliver Kainz) rounds out the A6-Am top three and will start 5th overall.
 
The Porsche Lorient Racing Porsche 991-II Cup (#912, Philippe Polette / Frederic Lelievre / Pascal Gibon / Mathieu Pontais) will start on pole position in the 991 class just ahead of its sister entry (#911, Jean-François Demorge / Gilles Blasco / Lionel Amrouche / Frédéric Ancel). Only one point separates the pair in an inter-team battle in the 991 category European Championship standings. The DUWO Racing Porsche 991-II Cup (#909, Andrey Mukovoz / Sergey Peregudov / Stanislav Sidoruk) lines up 3rd.
 
Further back, RTR Projects locked out the front row in GT4, with the #224 KTM X-BOW GT4 (Tomas Enge / Sergej Pavlovec / Jan Krabec / Eike Angermayr) lapping just over one-tenth faster than the sister #226 entry (Tomas Miniberger / Tomas Kwolek / Karel Bednar / Milan Kodidek / Gabriela Jílkova). The pair will start ahead of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 of reigning 24H GT SERIES champions, PROsport Performance (#1, Rodrigue Gillion / Nico Verdonck / Akhil Rabindra).

This year’s Hankook 12H BRNO will start this afternoon at 16.00 hrs local time, and concludes on Saturday at 19.00 hrs local time. After four hours of endurance racing action has been completed today, there will be a brief overnight intervention before the green flag is flown once again tomorrow morning at 10.00 hrs local time. Live timing and live streaming of the race in HD quality with commentary by Radiolemans.com will be available on the series’ website. The streaming will also be uploaded on the series’ Youtube channel. Regular updates will be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com.

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