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Piloting the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Christian Engelhart topped the time sheets in qualifying for the Hankook 12H ITALY-MUGELLO,
The German driver set a fastest lap of 1:47.909 around the 5.245 km Mugello Circuit. Second fastest was Rory Butcher in the MJC – Furlonger Ferrari 458GT (#32, Witt Gamski/Phil Dryburgh/Rory Butcher/Keith Robinson), 0.351 seconds slower than Engelhart.
The MP Sports Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#777, Martin Prokop/Robert Kubica/Quirin Müller) and Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann/Ralf Bohn/Robert Renauer/Alfred Renauer) will line up on the second row of the grid.
Engelhart snatched pole position from Butcher in the dying seconds of today’s qualifying session. The German driver was one of the few drivers still out on the track after a late Code 60 and came through to claim pole as the chequered flag was already shown. This year’s pole time was 0.115 seconds faster than last year’s pole. Butcher himself had taken provisional pole away from Kubica with 13 minutes remaining, but both drivers were denied another chance when the Code 60 flags were shown.
The fastest car in the A6-Am class was the HTP Motorsport GmbH Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#41, Wim de Pundert/Brice Bosi/Indy Dontje/Jazeman Jaafar). Dontje was the fastest driver in the class, his lap time of 1:50.012 almost three seconds faster than that of the Spirit Race Audi R8 LMS ultra (#31, Edward Lewis Brauner/Suzanne Weidt/Alexander Hrachowina/Martin Konrad).
Pole position in the SPX class went to Serbian racing driver Milos Pavlovic in the SPORTEC Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Supertrofeo (#58, Nicolas Stürzinger/Milos Pavlovic/Roberto Pampanini/Christoph Lenz), who beat the GDL team Asia car (#77, Gianluca de Lorenzi/Giacomo Barri). In the all-Porsche 991 class it was Robert Lukas from Poland in the GT3 Poland Porsche 991 Cup (#59, Robert Lukas/Stanislaw Jedlinski/Marcin Jedlinksi/Bartosz Opiola) ahead of the Tsunami RT 991 (#86, Oleksander Gaidai/Come Ledogar/Kriton Lentoudis).
Czech driver Tomas Enge put the RTR Projects 2 KTM X-BOW GT (#24, Tomas Enge/Reinhard Kofler) on pole in SP2, followed by last year’s A3T class pole sitters LMS Engineering and its Audi TTRS2 (#206, Daniela Schmid/Constantin Kletzer/Stefan Wieninger/Peter Terting). The gap between the two cars was 0.580 seconds.
Other class pole sitters for the Hankook 12H ITALY-MUGELLO are the Nova Race Ginetta Ginetta G55 GT4 in the SP3 class (#284, Roberto Gentili/Luca Magnoni/Gianluca Carboni/Luca Rangoni), the PCR Sport Seat Leon Cup Racer in the TCR class (#140, Harriet Arruabarrena/Antonio Aristi/Jordi Masdeu/Iñigo Vigiola), and the Capricorn Racing Seat Leon Supercopa (#108, Claudio Truffer/Patrik Meier/Gerhard Haas) in the A3 class. The CUP1 pole was taken by the Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#146, Max Partl/Hermann Bock/Rainer Partl), while the Besaplast Racing Mini Cooper S JCW (#165, Franjo Kovac/Fredrik Lestrup/Henry Littig) claimed pole in A2.
The first part of the race will get underway on Friday at 14.00 hrs and will end at 18.00 hrs, after which parc fermé rules apply. The race resumes on Saturday at 9.30 hrs and will end at 17.30 hrs.