As the chequered flag fell Nicki Thiim overcame the odds to set the fastest time in his #95 Aston Martin Vantage to take class pole position for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Nurburgring. With the weather far from perfect for the qualifying shoot out the cars took to a damp track and just over 0.5s seconds separated the top three positions once the 20 minute session had been completed.
Sharp intakes of breath were heard throughout the media centre as Aston Martin looked to be capitalising on their changes to the Balance of Performance with Richie Stanaway setting a 2:06.124 average and Dane Nicki Thiim a 2:05.17 a few minutes later in the #95 V8 Vantage to top the tables on the first timed laps. Pedro Lamy promptly headed to the top of the Am table in the #98 car a lap later!
With 5 minutes of the session to run Olivier Pla briefly put the #66 Ford GT at the top of the timing lists only to be knocked off some 15 seconds later when Sørrenson put in a 2:04.302 in the #95 Aston, only for him to be pipped a minute later by a hard charging Harry Tincknell in the sister #67 #BritPack GT.
As the track dried the AF Corse Ferrari 488s began to show their metal with Bruni heading to the top of the pile in the #51 car setting a 2:03.703 average lap some 3 seconds in front of a struggling Sam Bird in the #71 sister car. However, as the flag fell the Italian had to settle for 4th place behind the two Astons and the £66 Ford GT.
Stefan Mucke pushed his #66 Ford GT overcome a stint of bad times in FP3 to clock in a 2:01.959 average putting it second on the grid, 3 spots ahead of its sister #66 car for tomorrow’s race.
Top three Pro positions were:
- #95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
- #66 Ford GT
- #97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
In GTE Am, Porsche took 1-2 with Patrick Long and Khaled Al Qubaisi putting the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing 911 RSR on pole with the quickest average ahead of the #78 KCMG Porsche of Wolf Henzler and Joël Camathias.
Full results here.