Spa 24 Hours: McLaren and Shane van Gisbergen set qualifying pace

McLaren led the way with Shane van Gisbergen in the first two sessions of qualifying for this weekend's Spa 24 Hours Blancpain GT showpiece

Spa 24 Hours: McLaren and Shane van Gisbergen set qualifying pace

Van Gisbergen claimed the top spot on his first flying lap at the start of the two-hour night qualifying session on Thursday evening aboard the #58 Garage 59 McLaren 650S courtesy of a 2m18.474s effort.

That put the Kiwi just 0.058 seconds up on Maximilian Gotz in the HTP Mercedes-AMG GT3, who set his 2m18.532s in the opening 75-minute session.

Van Gisbergen said: "We were 19th at the end of the first qualifying session, so right on the edge [of making Friday's 'super pole' session] and needed to do a better job.

"Of course, that has only got us into the super pole shootout but we are happy with where we are."

The Black Falcon Mercedes squad ended up third with a 2m18.603s set in the opening session from DTM driver Daniel Juncadella aboard its #56 pro-am class entry.

Best Audi was the factory R8 LMS run by two-time Spa winner WRT in fourth place with a 2m18.659s from Laurens Vanthoor.

Felix Rosenqvist was fifth for the French ASP Mercedes team and Christopher Haase sixth aboard the best of the Sainteloc Audis.

The best Bentley was the #8 Continental GT3 in ninth with Maxime Soulet

Nicky Catsburg put the best of the factory Rowe BMW M6 GT3s 19th.

The top 20 cars go through to the final super pole session, which takes place at 6pm local time on Friday.

LEADING QUALIFYING ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 T.Jager, M.Gotz, G.Paffett AMG - Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes 2m18.532s -
2 M.Toril, O.Morley, A.Al Faisal, D.Juncadella Black Falcon Mercedes 2m18.603s 0.071s
3 L.Vanthoor, R.Rast, N.Muller Audi Sport Team WRT Audi 2m18.659s 0.127s
4 T.Vautier, R.van der Zande, F.Rosenqvist AMG - Team AKKA ASP Mercedes 2m18.729s 0.197s
5 B.Schneider, M.Engel, Y.Buurman AMG - Team Black Falcon Mercedes 2m18.949s 0.417s
6 G.Guilvert, M.Parisy, C.Haase Sainteloc Audi 2m19.082s 0.550s
7 P.Giauque, H.Hassid, F.Perera, N.Lapierre ISR Audi 2m19.100s 0.568s
8 S.Leonard, M.Meadows, R.Frijns Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 2m19.111s 0.579s
9 T.O.-Cole, I.Loggie, C.MacLeod, A.Meyrick Team Parker Racing Bentley 2m19.144s 0.612s
10 M.Martin, P.Eng, A.Sims Rowe Racing BMW 2m19.188s 0.656s

LEADING QUALIFYING TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 S.Gisbergen, C.Ledogar, R.Bell Garage 59 McLaren 2m18.474s -
2 G.Guilvert, M.Parisy, C.Haase Sainteloc Audi 2m18.764s 0.290s
3 D.Baumann, J.Jaafar, M.Buhk AMG - Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes 2m18.787s 0.313s
4 L.Bacheta, I.Dontje, C.Schmid HTP Motorsport Mercedes 2m18.801s 0.327s
5 A.Soucek, W.Reip, M.Soulet Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 2m18.897s 0.423s
6 G.Smith, V.Abril, S.Kane Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 2m18.968s 0.494s
7 P.Lathouras, M.Rugolo, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 2m19.099s 0.625s
8 R.Ineichen, J.Bleekemolen, M.Bortolotti GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 2m19.236s 0.762s
9 L.Machitski, M.Attard, M.Mapelli, T.K.-Smith Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 2m19.356s 0.882s
10 N.Catsburg, S.Dusseldorp, D.Werner Rowe Racing BMW 2m19.380s 0.906s

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