Misano Blancpain Sprint: Norbert Siedler gives Rinaldi Ferrari pole

Rinaldi Ferrari driver Norbert Siedler claimed his first Blancpain Sprint Series pole position after the chequered flag had dropped at the end of final qualifying at Misano

Misano Blancpain Sprint: Norbert Siedler gives Rinaldi Ferrari pole

The Austrian stopped the clocks with a 1m32.774s following the end of the 10-minute session to snatch pole from Nissan driver Craig Dolby by three tenths of a second.

Siedler, who shares the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 458 Italia with Marco Seefried, said: "It was a really good lap after a not so good first lap.

"I did a cool-down lap, which was important and I just had time to do another one."

Dolby's time of 1m33.080s set aboard the AIM Autosport-run Always Evolving Motorsport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 put him just three hundredths up on third-placed Stephane Richelmi in the fastest of the four WRT Audi R8 LMS ultras.

The Monegasque was in turn just four thousandths ahead of Vincent Abril in the best of the HTP Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3s.

Christopher Mies and Nicky Catsburg rounded out the top six in their respective WRT Audi and Reiter Lamborghini entries.

Silver Cup honours went to Grasser Lamborghini driver Jeroen Mul, who was the slowest of the nine cars to go through to Q3.

BSS championship leaders Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns failed to reach Q3 and their WRT Audi will line up in 12th position for this evening's one-hour qualifying race.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 M.Seefried, N.Siedler Rinaldi Racing Ferrari
2 S.Walkinshaw, C.Dolby Always Evolving Motorsport Nissan
3 S.Richelmi, S.Ortelli Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi
4 V.Abril, M.Buhk Bentley Team HTP Bentley
5 E.Ide, C.Mies Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi
6 A.T.Taxis, N.Catsburg Reiter Engineering Lamborghini
7 N.M.-Melnhof, M.Winkelhock Phoenix Racing Audi
8 M.Bortolotti, P.Kujala GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini
9 J.Mul, A.Di Folco GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini
10 V.Brito, A.Abreu BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil BMW
11 C.Bueno, S.Jimenez AH Competicoes Team Brasil BMW
12 M.Bonanomi, F.Salaquarda ISR Audi
13 M.Asmer, A.Vasiliev GT Russian Team Mercedes
14 M.van Splunteren, J.Szymkowiak Bentley Team HTP Bentley
15 C.Bouchut, A.Karachev GT Russian Team Mercedes
16 J.Nash, F.Stippler Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi
17 A.Fjordbach, T.Fjordbach ISR Audi
18 R.Frijns, L.Vanthoor Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi


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