· WTM seals first outright 24H SERIES pole position at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
· Bentley Continental GT3 starts from the front row on second series start.
· Belgium’s Red Ant Racing on 992 pole; Van Berlo Motorsport holds on for 991 top spot.
· Leipert Lamborghini bests RD Signs – Siauliai racing team in GTX.
· ALFAB Racing McLaren takes GT4 pole on first series start since 2018.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (22 April, 2022) – WTM Racing has secured its first outright pole position in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook for this weekend’s Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS.
The WTM Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 (#22, Georg Weiss / Leonard Weiss / Jochen Krumbach / Daniel Keilwitz) was quickest around the 7.004km Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in all three 15-minute qualifying sessions, with Daniel Keilwitz setting the quickest lap time of all – a 2m 18.878s – during the final stint. Scintillating pace from the German team meant their average lap time, by which the grid for tomorrow’s 12-hour race is set, was just over two seconds quicker than its nearest rival.
“This is amazing!” a jubilant Leonard Weiss explained to radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley. “This is my first pole position, here at Spa-Francorchamps, and I’m very happy. Daniel, and of course the whole team, did an amazing job today. My own run was quite difficult: when I drove out, there was a lot of traffic, but when I finally found a gap in the last run, I pushed as hard as I could on the last lap, and fortunately it worked out. There’s going to be a little celebration this evening!
“There’s still 12 hours, so there’s a long way still to go, but we’ll try our best, and hopefully we can keep this pace up during the race.”
A close fight for the final spot on the front row between the BoDa by Bas Koeten Racing Bentley Continental GT3 (#6, Bob Herber / Mark van der Aa) and the CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Shane Lewis) eventually went to the Bentley, with a strong final run from Mark van der Aa enough to keep CP’s Charles Espenlaub at bay. Like WTM, the result marks the first time Bas Koeten Racing, and a Bentley, will start a 24H SERIES race from the overall front row in the GT division.
A similarly strong run in the closing moments saw the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R (#91, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Jürgen Häring) leapfrog its way to 4th on the grid, a little under two-tenths behind GT3-PRO/AM polesitter CP Racing. The top three qualifiers in GT3-AM will thus start from inside the overall top four.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R of ‘GT3’ class polesitter EBM (#61, Adrian D'Silva / Tanart Sathienthirakul / Jeffrey Kingsley) will line up 5th overall for tomorrow’s race start, and will share the third row with the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II (#34, Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff / Max Edelhoff / Tim Müller).
Audis monopolize the lower half of the overall top 10, with JUTA Racing’s EVO I (#71, Julius Adomavičius / Andrius Gelžinis / Jonas Gelžinis) lining up 7th overall just ahead of Hankook 12H MUGELLO runner-up, Phoenix Racing (#18, Michael Doppelmayr / Pierre Kaffer / Elia Erhart / Patryk Krupinski) and SAINTéLOC Racing (#26, Olivier Esteves / Pierre-Yves Paque / Christian Kelders / Simon Gachet). The latter two will compete with EVO II examples of the R8 LMS.
992 standings leader Red Ant Racing (#903, Ayrton Redant / Bert Redant / Yannick Redant) enjoyed a good start to its weekend with the fastest time of any Porsche 992 GT3 Cup runner, and the 10th fastest time overall. The sister #904 entry (Philippe Wils / Kurt Hensen) will start 3rd in-class and 14th overall, just one place behind 992-AM’s second fastest runner, HRT Performance (#929, Antti Buri / Kari-Pekka Laaksonen / Jim Rautiainen).
Despite suffering transponder issues shortly before the start of Q3, Van Berlo Motorsport by Bas Koeten Racing (#906, Marcel van Berlo / Bart van Helden / Glenn van Berlo) was able to fend off category rival, and series newcomer, E2P Racing (#910, Pablo Burguera / Manuel Cintrano / Ben Clucas) for 991-class pole position with its Porsche 911-II Cup.
In GTX, the returning Leipert Motorsport (#710, Kerong Li / Jean-Francois Brunot / Tyler Cooke) bested RD Signs – Siauliai racing team (#720, Audrius Butkevicius / Nicola Michelon / Paulius Paskevicius) on average by just half a second to take category pole position. Both teams have registered a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo for this weekend. Despite spinning during the closing moments of Q3, Vortex V8 (#701, Lionel Amrouche / Philippe Bonnel / Sebastien Lajoux) rounds out the top three in GTX qualifying at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
On its first 24H SERIES start since 2018, the ALFAB Racing McLaren 570S GT4 (#400, Erik Behrens / Daniel Ros) secured GT4-class pole position ahead of series newcomer Buggyra ZM Racing (#416, Aliyyah Koloc / Yasmeen Koloc / Adam Lacko). The Emirati team’s Mercedes-AMG GT4 will still line-up ahead of the BMW M4 GT4 of Hankook 12H MUGELLO class winner, Veidec Racing by JJ Motorsport (#422, Hakan Sari / Recep Sari / Arthur Peters).
The green flag for the 2022 Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS is scheduled to fly on Saturday 23 April at 12.25 hrs local time, with the race running until 17.55 hrs that evening. After CREVENTIC’s traditional overnight ‘intervention’, the race will resume at 11.20 hrs on Sunday 24 April and will run uninterrupted thereafter until the chequered flag is flown at 17.50 hrs. The action will be live with commentary from radiolemans.com on the official 24H SERIES YouTube channel. Regular updates will also be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found HERE