After topping both free practice sessions, Luigi Lucchini (#7 BMS Scuderia Italia SRL Ferrari 458 GT3) flew to a first Blancpain GT Sports Club pole position, with Coach McKansy (#17 HP Racing International Lamborghini Huracan GT3) set to start alongside the Italian.
Artega Rennsport’s Klaus Dieter Frers (#3 Ferrari 488 GT3) extends his Iron Cup pole-run to five (beginning at Budapest 2017), and will share the fifth row of the grid with class rival Stephen Earle (#111 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3).
Luigi Lucchini was unstoppable during the 20-minute session, with his time of 1:36.182 more than half-a-second clear of best-of-the-rest. Titanium Cup duo Coach McKansy and Mario Cordoni (#70 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3), whose run of pole positions in 2018 comes to an end, will go from second and third in today’s Qualifying Race.
Having occupied third place for much of the session, Patrick Van Glabeke (#488 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) ended the session in fourth, although he had done his fastest first sector on his final attempt. The Belgian was 0.141 seconds ahead of championship leader Karim Ojjeh (#2 Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3), who is also third in the Titanium Cup class.
Jürgen Häring (#66 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R) had been making steady improvements all weekend, and will line up sixth for the 25-minute race later today. Then comes an all Boutsen Ginion Lamborghini Extenso R-EX row four, with Claude-Yves Gosselin’s #4 machine ahead of Pierre Feligioni’s #6 challenger.
Rounding out the top 10 are Iron Cup rivals Klaus Dieter Frers and Stephen Earle, with Louis-Philippe Soenen (#50 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) set to start from third in class and 11th overall at the Italian venue. GDL Racing’s Roberto Rayneri (#60 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3) and the returning Bernd Kleinbach (#100 Attempto Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R) were fourth and fifth fastest amongst the Iron Cup competitors.
Next will be the Qualifying Race at 17:25 (local time), which will be live on the GT World YouTube channel, website and Facebook page. You can also catch live timings and updates here, as well as regular updates on the Blancpain GT Sports Club’s Twitter account.