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MUGELLO (29 March 2019) – The SPS automotive performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#16, Valentin Pierburg / Tim Müller / Tom Onslow-Cole) has secured pole position for the 2019 Hankook 12H MUGELLO after a frenetic qualifying session in Tuscany. Tom Onslow-Cole lapped the 5.245km Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in an astonishing 1m 46.828s, some 0.7s faster than the Hofor-Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#10, Michael Kroll / Chantal Prinz / Roland Eggimann / Kenneth Heyer / Christiaan Frankenhout). The Swiss team, a former 24H SERIES champion, secured its place on the front row of the grid on the very final lap of the session.

A6-PRO & A6-AM
Qualifying for the opening round of the 2019 European Championship was briefly delayed when repairs were required to the kerbing at Arrabbiata shortly after TCE qualifying had finished. After a flurry of fastest laps from seven different teams, SPS automotive performance banked one of the fastest GT laps ever recorded at the Mugello Circuit to put pole position out of reach.
‘They were teasing me!” an overjoyed Tom Onslow-Cole explained to radiolemans.com’s Nick Daman. “In the middle there, I really didn’t know where we were and the team wouldn’t tell me. They were just winding me up! But we’re right there, and things are good. All credit to the team. This SPS Mercedes is always fantastic and that was a joy to drive.”
The fastest A6-Pro car in the field, the Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 (#11, Jiří Písařík / Josef Kral / Matteo Malucelli), will start 3rd just ahead of the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#88, Dimitri Parhofer / Rik Breukers / Markus Pommer / Toni Forné). The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (#77, Adrian Amstutz / Patrick Kujala / Phil Keen) completes the A6-Pro top three and will start 5th overall, while the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 (#47, Klaus-Dieter Frers / Andrea Montermini / Andrea Fontana / Wolfgang Triller) was the third fastest A6-Am entry, and will start 10th. Four of the six Ferraris entered for the Hankook 12H MUGELLO qualified inside the top ten.

991, SP2 & GT4
A surprisingly close battle in 991 saw the Raceunion Porsche 991-II Cup (#987, Alex Autumn / Felipe Fernández Laser / Andreas Gülden) take pole position just ahead of MRS GT-Racing (#980, Helmut Rödig / Nicola Michelon / Peter Terting) and reigning 991-class European Champions, Porsche Lorient Racing (#912, Philippe Polette / Frederic Lelievre / Pascal Gibon / Jean-Philippe Belloc).
Further back, RTR Projects (#224, Sergej Pavlovec / Tomas Miniberger / Karel Bednar / Erik Janis) headed a KTM X-BOW 1-2 in SP2-class qualifying ahead of True Racing (#217, Hubert Trunkenpolz / Klaus Angerhofer / TAKIS / Gerald Kiska). The third fastest time eventually went to the JR Motorsport BMW M3 F80 (#202, Ted van Vliet / Ruud Olij).
The BMW M4 of reigning 24H TCE SERIES champions Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 (#50, Martin Kroll / Michael Schrey / Michael Fischer / Gustav Engljaehringer / Thomas Jäger) meanwhile secured a comfortable GT4 pole position, just ahead of reigning 24H GT SERIES European Champions, PROsport Performance (#1, Rodrigue Gillion / Nico Verdonck / Akhil Rabindra). The latter makes its return to the 24H SERIES this weekend and will start its first race with the brand new Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4. The Scuderia Villorba Corse Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#406, Mauro Calamia / Amedeo Pampanini / Roberto Pampanini / Stefano Monaco) qualified 3rd in-class on its series debut.