HTP Mercedes driver Buhk takes pole for Monza Blancpain Endurance

HTP Mercedes driver Maximilian Buhk claimed pole position for the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza

HTP Mercedes driver Buhk takes pole for Monza Blancpain Endurance

The German jumped to the top spot aboard his Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the closing stages of the final 15-minute qualifying session with a 1m47.509s.

That gave him the pole by just 0.016s from the RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driven by Alex Buncombe.

Buhk said: "Pole is always good and we weren't expecting it today.

"Pole means we can hopefully stay out of trouble at the first corner and for the first few laps."

Buncombe's second-placed Nissan was in turn just 0.067s ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, who took the pro-am class pole aboard his AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3.

Matteo Malucelli claimed fourth, and second in pro-am, for the Scuderia Praha Ferrari squad.

Clemens Schmid lined-up fifth in his HTP Merc, ahead of Andy Soucek in the best of the M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3s.

The top 20 cars were within half a second around the 3.60-mile Monza circuit and the first 31 within a second.

RESULT

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 Pro M.Buhk, D.Baumann, J.Jaafar HTP Motorsport Mercedes 1m47.509s
2 Pro M.Takaboshi, A.Buncombe, L.Ordonez Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan 0.016s
3 Pro-Am M.Ishikawa, L.Bontempelli, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 0.067s
4 Pro-Am J.Pisarik, M.Malucelli Scuderia Praha Ferrari 0.099s
5 Pro C.Schmid, I.Dontje, L.Bacheta HTP Motorsport Mercedes 0.101s
6 Pro A.Soucek, M.Soulet, W.Reip Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 0.129s
7 Pro L.Vanthoor, D.Vanthoor, F.Vervisch Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 0.137s
8 Pro-Am D.Cameron, M.Griffin AF Corse Ferrari 0.162s
9 Pro P.Lathouras, M.Rugolo, A.P.Guidi Spirit of Race Ferrari 0.196s
10 Pro-Am S.Parrow, A.Mattschull, D.Keilwitz Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 0.202s
11 Pro-Am M.Broniszewski, A.Rizzoli, A.Bonacini Kessel Racing Ferrari 0.260s
12 Pro-Am A.Al Harthy, J.Adam, D.Modell Oman Racing Team Aston Martin 0.264s
13 Pro-Am H.Hassid, P.Giauque, F.Perera ISR Audi 0.319s
14 Pro A.Watson, S.Moore, A.Fontana Garage 59 McLaren 0.331s
15 Pro L.Frey, S.Ortelli, A.Costa Emil Frey Racing Jaguar 0.427s
16 Pro-Am O.Morley, M.Toril, M.Engel Black Falcon Mercedes 0.439s
17 Pro H.Haupt, A.Christodoulou, A.Simonsen Black Falcon Mercedes 0.452s
18 Pro J.Bleekemolen, M.Bortolotti, R.Ineichen GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 0.454s
19 Pro A.Garcia, N.Muller, W.Stevens Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 0.573s
20 Pro R.Bell, C.Ledogar, S.Gisbergen Garage 59 McLaren 0.604s
21 Am P.Mann, F.Guedes, R.Mastronardi AF Corse Ferrari 0.693s
22 Pro F.Salaquarda, F.Stippler, M.Stockinger ISR Audi 0.824s
23 Pro R.Salikhov, M.Seefried, N.Siedler Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 0.834s
24 Pro-Am C.Kelders, M.Rostan, M.Bonanomi Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 0.863s
25 Pro-Am L.Machitski, M.Attard, M.Mapelli Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 0.877s
26 Pro J-F.Laberge, A.Tagliani, D.O'Young Zakspeed Mercedes 0.908s
27 Pro R.Baptista, S.Jimenez, F.Albuquerque Team WRT Audi 0.935s
28 Am D.Pierce, C.Cooper, C.Harris Team Parker Racing Bentley 0.969s
29 Pro-Am J.Haring, N.Armindo, C.Mateu Attempto Racing Porsche 0.972s
30 Am S.Earle, B.Delhez, D.Perel Kessel Racing Ferrari 0.983s
31 Pro G.Guilvert, M.Parisy, C.Haase Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 1.008s
32 Pro-Am M.Koebolt, S.Colombo, G.Roda BMW Team Italia BMW 1.043s
33 Am A.Moiseev, G.Kondakov, R.Ragazzi Spirit of Race Ferrari 1.065s
34 Pro S.Kane, G.Smith, V.Abril Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 1.121s
35 Pro L.Stolz, M.Beretta, A.Piccini GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 1.123s
36 Pro-Am I.Loggie, C.MacLeod, T.O.-Cole Team Parker Racing Bentley 1.127s
37 Pro-Am R.Sarazin, M.Simmons, S.Walkinshaw Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan 1.163s
38 Pro M.Meadows, S.Leonard, R.Frijns Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 1.168s
39 Pro A.De Leener, P.Kox, P.Kaffer Team WRT Audi 1.192s
40 Pro-Am M.Poole, R.Abra, J.Osborne Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 1.192s
41 Pro C.Zochling, J.Gounon, C.Bruck Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini 1.197s
42 Pro-Am L.Cazenave, M.Lyons, D.Perfetti Akka ASP Team Mercedes 1.224s
43 Pro-Am M.van Splunteren, J.Mul, L.Machiels Attempto Racing Lamborghini 1.236s
44 Am J-L.Beaubelique, M.Ricci, G.Vannelet Akka ASP Team Mercedes 1.260s
45 Pro E.P.Companc, R.Giammaria, A.Balzan Spirit of Race Ferrari 1.276s
46 Pro-Am B.Lariche, T.Filler, D.Lunardi CMR by Sport Garage Ferrari 1.307s
47 Pro S.Dusseldorp, K.Graf, L.Luhr Rowe Racing BMW 1.572s
48 Am M.Zanuttini, L.Talbot, V.Gitlin Kessel Racing Ferrari 1.584s
49 Am P.Ehret, S.Vancampenh. Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 1.601s
50 Pro P.Eng, A.Sims, D.Werner Rowe Racing BMW 1.785s
51 Pro-Am M.Beretta, G.Berton, S.Costantini Ombra Racing Lamborghini 1.900s
52 Pro-Am L.Case, M.Magli, C.Passuti Antonelli Motorsport Lamborghini 2.103s
53 Pro-Am R.Narac, T.Cornac, M.Jousse IMSA Performance Porsche 2.289s
54 Pro D.Zampieri, P.Niederhauser, F.Babini Attempto Racing Lamborghini 2.303s
55 Pro-Am O.Grotz, K.Ojjeh, J.Darras Boutsen Ginion Racing BMW 2.531s
56 Am M.Konopka, A.Lewandowski, T.Myszkowski ARC Bratislava Lamborghini 3.938s
57 Am T.Nicolle, N.Stievenart, J.Viebahn CMR by Sport Garage Ferrari 4.528s

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