Mario Cordoni storms to pole position for Monza Qualifying Race, Klaus Dieter Frers quickest in Iron Cup

21 April 2018 Mario Cordoni storms to pole position for Monza Qualifying Race, Klaus Dieter Frers quickest in Iron Cup

AF Corse’s Mario Cordoni grabbed pole position for the opening Blancpain GT Sports Club race at Monza, Italy, with his 1:50.474 just 0.003 seconds ahead of Christian Hook (#33 Rinaldi Racing). Patrick Van Glabeke’s (#488 AF Corse) third place meant that, like in free practice, it was an all-Ferrari 488 GT3 top-three.

In the Iron Cup, last year’s rivals Klaus Dieter Frers (#3 Artega Rennsport Ferrari 488 GT3) and Stephen Earle (#111 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3) once again traded fastest lap times, with the German ultimately emerging on top, as Louis Philippe Soenen (#50 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) went third fastest.

The Titanium Cup continued to prove strong, with pole-winner Mario Cordoni, Christian Hook and Karim Ojjeh (#2 Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3), who is the highest-placed non-Ferrari, all entered in the new-for-2018 class, and will also occupy three of the top four places for this afternoon’s 25-minute Qualifying Race.

Boutsen Ginion will have two cars inside the top five, with Claude-Yves Gosselin guiding his #4 Lamborghini Gallardo Extenso R-EX to fifth place, ahead of Coach McKansy (#17 HP Racing International Lamborghini Huracan GT3) and last year’s championship runner-up Christoph Ulrich (#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3), who will miss the first race after sustaining rear damage in an incident with Dilantha Malagamuwa (#24 GDL Racing Porsche 991 Cup).

Herbert Motorsport got both their cars inside the top-10, with Häring Jürgen (#66 Porsche 991 GT3 R) and Edward Lewis Brauner (#991 Porsche 991 GT3 R) set to line-up eighth and tenth on the grid, with Claudio Schiavoni (#20 Ferrari 488 GT3) sandwiched between the German pair in ninth. 

Next for the drivers will be the 25-minute Qualifying Race, which gets under way at 16:25 (GMT+2). We will be live streaming the races on our official website, YouTube and Facebook page.

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