Mercedes runner Marciello takes Spa 24H pole from van der Linde

Raffaele Marciello claimed pole position ahead of this weekend's Spa 24 Hours round of the GT World Challenge Europe for the Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes team

Mercedes runner Marciello takes Spa 24H pole from van der Linde

The Italian posted a 2m32.166s during the Super Pole session held on Friday evening to claim the top spot in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Felipe Fraga and Timur Boguslavskiy, his time putting him two tenths up on the best of the WRT Audis in second position.

The times improved over the course of a session held on a drying track in which the fastest 20 cars from opening qualifying left the pits one at a time at two-minute intervals.

Three cars followed Marciello in a session in which all the cars ran on wets, but his time remained unbeaten at the chequered flag.

Kelvin van der Linde went last in the WRT Audi R8 LMS in which he, Dries Vanthoor and Christopher Mies took top spot in Thursday's opening qualifying session based on aggregate times.

Van der Linde posted a 2m32.386s on the first of the two laps each driver is allowed and went a tenth slower on his second to leave Marciello with the pole.

Marciello said: "It was a good quali for us: the clear lap worked quite well for me but pole doesn't really matter so much.

"It's only important to qualify in the top five or 10 to stay out of trouble at the start."

Third place on the grid went to the Haupt Racing Team Merc in which Maro Engel recorded a 2m32.522s.

That put him three tenths up on the 2m32.881s Frederic Vervisch managed in the factory Attempto Racing Audi.

Christopher Haase took fifth in the R8 LMS Sainteloc is running with works backing, while Thomas Preining was the fastest Porsche in sixth with the best of 2019 winner GPX Racing's entries.

Patrick Pilet was only 11th in the other GPX Porsche 911 GT3-R in which he, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet had ended up second in opening qualifying.

AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 of Alessandro Pier Guidi was the the final car to get within a second of Marciello's pole mark in seventh position.

Top Lamborghini was the FFF Racing Huracan GT3 Evo in eighth position.

Andrea Caldarelli ended up just over a tenth up on the next best Lambo, the Emil Frey entry driven by Albert Costa.

Kevin Estre rounded out the top 10 in the KCMG Porsche in which he, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz are trying to repeat their 2019 Spa victory.

The double-points Endurance Cup round of the GTWCE at Spa starts at 3:30pm local time on Saturday.

Watch the 2020 Spa 24 Hours live and uninterrupted on Motorsport.tv.

Spa 24 Hours Super Pole results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Raffaele Marciello Akka ASP Team Mercedes 2m32.166s
2 Kelvin van der Linde Team WRT Audi 0.220s
3 Maro Engel Haupt Racing Team Mercedes 0.356s
4 Frederic Vervisch Attempto Racing Audi 0.715s
5 Christopher Haase Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 0.813s
6 Thomas Preining GPX Racing Porsche 0.824s
7 Alessandro Pier Guidi SMP Racing Ferrari 0.858s
8 Andrea Caldarelli Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini 1.128s
9 Albert Costa Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini 1.234s
10 Kevin Estre KCMG Porsche 1.238s
11 Patrick Pilet GPX Racing Porsche 1.375s
12 Charles Weerts Team WRT Audi 1.402s
13 Julien Andlauer Rowe Racing Porsche 1.602s
14 Frederic Makowiecki Frikadelli Racing Team Porsche 1.614s
15 Matteo Cairoli Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 1.953s
16 Tom Blomqvist Hub Auto Racing Ferrari 2.004s
17 Matthieu Vaxiviere Team WRT Audi 2.114s
18 Davide Rigon SMP Racing Ferrari 2.172s
19 Benjamin Hites Akka ASP Team Mercedes 2.625s
20 Laurens Vanthoor Rowe Racing Porsche 3.380s


shares
comments
Brexit blamed for Silverstone being dropped by GT World Challenge Europe for 2021
Previous article

Brexit blamed for Silverstone being dropped by GT World Challenge Europe for 2021

Next article

COVID-19 concerns put Spa 24 Hours under cancellation threat

COVID-19 concerns put Spa 24 Hours under cancellation threat
How to get the best out of amateur racers Plus

How to get the best out of amateur racers

Pro-Am GT racing is booming. But how should drivers approach working with an amateur? Autosport sought out a panel of experts to explain the pitfalls amateur drivers should avoid and how professionals can help them to achieve their goals

GT
Apr 3, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

National
Oct 15, 2021
The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021