Porsche fights for pole at Spa
A pair of 911 GT3 R make Super Pole for tomorrow’s 24 Hours
Two customer teams fielding a Porsche 911 GT3 R have made it into this evening’s final ‘Super Pole’ qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the 24 race that begins tomorrow. This final battle for the top 20 grid positions for the main race will be held tonight at 7.50pm.
After multiple earlier qualifying sessions, GPX Racing’s GT3 R emerged as the fastest 911 with an average time of 2:19.259 minutes, set by works drivers Earl Bamber, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet. Experienced endurance racer Bamber clocked the fastest lap of all the 911 GT3 R on the course with an impressive 2:18.878 minutes.
But overall, early qualifying was a frustrating process for Porsche’s customer teams, who were frequently hampered by slower cars in the 58-strong field and a 20-minute interruption following an accident midway through the second session.
The 911 fielded by KCMG, driven by Maxime Martin, Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor, just made it into the top 20 Super Pole as the 18th fastest car, some ten places behind GPX Racing. The remaining ten 911s racing tomorrow will form the grid in positions raging from 22nd to 56th.
“The qualifying result is somewhat sobering for Porsche,” conceded Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “Two vehicles in the top 20 is not the result we’d expected. We’re not getting to the crux of the matter in terms of performance. We’re now facing a lot of work to find out what’s going on. Our speed over one lap doesn’t reflect our competitiveness for the race, but we also have to manage this discipline.”
Super Pole runs from 19:50 to 20:20 CEST tonight with the 24 Hours beginning tomorrow (Saturday) at 16:30 CEST.