AF Corse’s Mario Cordoni (#70 Ferrari 488 GT3) completed the perfect Friday in the Blancpain GT Sports Club qualifying at Circuit Paul Ricard, flying to pole position under the French sun. The Italian’s lap of 2:06.222 was good enough to beat Christian Hook (#33 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488 GT3), who led for much of the session.
Klaus Dieter Frers (#3 Artega Rennsport Ferrari 488 GT3) was dominant in the Iron Cup class once again, ahead of Louis-Philippe Soenen (#50 AF Corse 488 GT3), with Stephen Earle (#111 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3) rounding out the top three.
This is only the second time in Blancpain GT Sports Club history that a driver has taken consecutive pole positions, with Mario Cordoni achieving the same feat at Misano in 2015.
Christian Hook long looked like he might snatch first place, but could not improve on his time after returning to the pits half way through the session. Third place went to Luigi Lucchini (#7 BMS Scuderia Italia SRL Ferrari 458 GT3), who has been right on the pace during his one-off return.
In fourth was Edward Lewis Brauner (#991 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R), who particularly impressed having not competed in the first free practice session. Following him was fellow German Coach McKansy (#17 HP Racing International), the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driver lies third in the standings and has a chance to collect solid points here from fifth on the grid.
Next, the Boutsen Ginion trio will line-up one-after-another for tomorrow’s Qualifying Race, with Claude-Yves Gosselin (#4 Lamborghini Gallardo Extenso R-EX) ahead of Pierre Feligioni (#6 Gallardo Extenso R-EX) and Karim Ojjeh (#2 BMW M6 GT3).
The front-row starters are also part of the Titanium Cup, with Coach McKansy completing the top-three in the new-for-2018 class.
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