Misslin had served notice of his intentions by topping both free practice sessions, and it was his closest rival in both of those – 2015’s double Misano race winner Mario Cordoni – who again posed the biggest threat.
Misslin was the first to set a representative time in the 20-minute session before Cordoni responded with the fastest time of the weekend up to that point. But the Frenchman wasn’t to be denied and twice lowered the mark to secure pole with a 1m35.381s lap.
CMR team-mate Pierre Hirschi, driving a BMW Z4 GT3, gave Cordoni a scare by matching his time to the same thousandth of a second with 10 minutes remaining before the Italian again pulled clear. Indeed, Cordoni might have challenged Misslin during the closing minutes before a spin ended his chances of bridging the 0.6s gap.
Leading Iron Cup driver Perazzini was next up in his AF Corse-run GTE-spec Ferrari, followed by Anthony Pons who appeared as high as third at one point. WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra driver Jean-Michel Baert was another to threaten early on before slipping to sixth ahead of reigning Iron Cup champion and Perazzini’s biggest threat, Martin Lanting.
Black Pearl Racing’s Christian Hook made it six Ferraris inside the top-eight positions, while Maurice Ricci’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 lines up ninth. HP Racing’s Coach McKansy completes the top-10 aboard his Lamborghini Gallardo GT3.
Only Patrick Van Glabeke’s Ferrari failed to complete a qualifying lap after breaking its gearbox in practice, although the new 488 GT3 is expected to start this evening’s Qualifying Race at the tail of the 27-strong field.
Live coverage of tonight’s 25-minute Qualifying Race can be found on the Blancpain GT Sports Club website from 18:45.