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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (19 April 2019) - The Red Camel-Jordans.nl CUPRA TCR (#101, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers / Francis Tjia) has taken TCE pole position for the second round of the 2019 European Championship in a Code 60-affected qualifying session. Rik Breukers posted a 2m 32.252s around the 7.004km Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to secure a comfortable top spot for the 2019 Hankook 12H SPA ahead of the AC Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS (#188, Stephane Perrin / Vincent Radermecker / James Kaye), with which it will share the front row.

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With just three minutes of TCE qualifying to complete, a Code 60 caution period was called owing to fluid dropped on the run into Eau Rouge.
 
“We worked a lot on the setup yesterday and this morning, so I think that paid off,” Rik Breukers explained to radiolemans.com’s Bruce Jones. “We think we have improved since last year, and there might be a few more tenths in the car. We could definitely have found that out with another run, but unfortunately, with the Code 60, we couldn’t finish that last lap.”
 
Impressively, the AC Motorsport Audi had looked set to miss qualifying altogether after a heavy accident during yesterday’s optional private test. This year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI TCE pole sitter will start just ahead of the GDL Racing Audi RS3 LMS DSG (#157, Andres Josephsohn / Dimitris Deverikos / Rory Penttinen), which rounds out both the TCE and TCR-class top three.
 
The CWS Engineering Ginetta G55 (#378, Colin White / Ian Stinton / Jean-Francois Brunot) will start 4th on the road and as the SP3-class pole sitter, having got the better of nearest rival, PROsport Performance (#1, Rodrigue Gillion / Nico Verdonck / Akhil Rabindra / Michael Munemann). The reigning GT European Champion will start its second 24H SERIES powered by Hankook event with the brand new Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 as the 2nd fastest SP3-class runner in 6th overall, just behind the Holmgaard Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DSG (#102, Magnus Holmgaard / Jonas Holmgaard / Roy Edland / Martin Gøtsche).
 
The Intersport Racing BMW M3 (#614, Peter Hardman / Stuart Wright / Kevin Clarke) ended the 30-minute session on A3-class pole position and will start 7th on the road. The British team’s nearest competition will come courtesy of the Synchro Motorsport Honda FK8-Civic Type-R (#676, Alyn James / Daniel Wheeler / Matt Neal) and the first of two Peugeot RCZ entries for Dan Agro Racing (#685, Nicolaj Kandborg / Lars Seistrup  / Mikkel Gregersen / Steffan Jusjong).
 
This year’s Hankook 12H SPA will start this afternoon at 14.05 hrs local time, and will conclude on Saturday at 17.53 hrs local time. After almost four hours of endurance racing action has been completed, there will be a brief break before the green flag is flown once again tomorrow morning at 10.05 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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