An in-form Mirko Bortolotti paced pre-qualifying at Imola, continuing his excellent start to life at Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.
Having led both of yesterday’s official test sessions, the #31 machine was not among the leading contenders in this morning’s free practice. This afternoon, a 1m41.702s lap from Bortolotti shortly before the one-hour mark ensured a return to top spot. Kelvin van der Linde and Matthieu Vaxivière will partner Bortolotti this weekend.
The Italian ace led a trio of Audi cars in the overall classification, beating the #66 Attempto machine of Frederic Vervisch and the #26 Sainteloc car driven by Arthur Rougier. The latter was also the top Pro-Am runner, capping an impressive display.
In the Silver Cup, Tech 1 Racing narrowly topped the times with its #15 Lexus. Aurelien Panis set the lap, edging out the #55 Attempto Audi driven by Nicolas Schöll. This duo finished seventh and eighth respectively in the overall classification.
All 46 cars ran in the session, with the lone Am Cup entrant – the #108 CMR Bentley – completing the order. Despite the competitive nature of the series, the session ran without a single stoppage and almost no off-track excursions. The results list can be viewed via the link at the bottom of this page.