GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini on pole for second edition of 24H Epilog Brno
Italian Andrea Caldarelli lapped the 5.403 kilometre Automotodrom Brno in 2:00.035 minutes and is pole position for the 24H Epilog Brno
Brno – The GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (#963, Rolf Ineichen/Adrian Amstutz/Andrea Caldarelli) scored the pole position for the Hankook 24H Epilog Brno, which is the 2016 finale of the 24H Series powered by Hankook and the Touring Car Endurance Series powered by Hankook. Italian Andrea Caldarelli lapped the 5.403 kilometre Automotodrom Brno in 2:00.035 minutes and passed the Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 (#11, Jiri Pisarik/Josef Král/Peter Kox/Tom Onslow-Cole) shortly before the end.
Last year's winners missed the pole position by a margin of 0.808 seconds. Still, the Czech team starts its first race with the new Ferrari 488 GT3 car in the 24H Series powered by Hankook from the front row. Robert Renauer tried to make up some ground in his Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Alfred Renauer/Robert Renauer/Daniel Allemann/Ralf Bohn) in the closing stages, but had to settle for third.
The field's second Ferrari, the RPD Racing Ferrari 458 Challenge (#444, Lubomir Jakubil/Dusan Palcr/Luis Scarpaccio/Matteo Cressoni/Gregor Zsigo), led the SP2 class with fourth place overall. Second SP2 car was the True-Racing KTM X-BOW GT4 (#243, Reinhard Kofler/Tomas Enge/Klaus Angerhofer/Hubert Trunkenpolz), followed by the LMS Engineering Audi TTRS2 (#206, Stefan Wieninger/Constantin Kletzer/Martin Gøtsche/Nanna Gøtsche/Peter Terting).
Seventh place overall went to the quickest 991 car. The MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#78, Charles Putman/Charles Espenlaub/Joe Foster/Xavier Maassen) took the class pole position. Second was the MSG Motorsport Porsche 991 Cup (#62, Nico Rindlisbacher/Hendrick Still/Paul Scheuschner/Joachim Bölting) ahead of the their teammates, the MSG Motorsport Porsche 991 Cup (#63, Marcio Basso/Nonô Figueiredo/Jose Manuel Balbiani/Milan Kodídek/Robert Zwinger).
These cars qualified in the second 45-minute session. With single-digit temperatures, the drivers were challenged to get heat into the Hankook tyres. The SP3 and A3 drivers faced the same conditions in the first qualifying.
Local driver Erik Janis set a dominant best time in the SP3 class in his RTR Projects KTM X-BOW GT4 (#224, Tomas Miniberger/Tomas Kwolek/Daniel Skylický/Sergej Pavlovec/Erik Janis). The Czech team was followed by the two JR Motorsport cars. The BMW M3 F80 Endurance (#103, Bas Schouten/Daan Meijer/Mark van der Aa/Koen Bogaerts) was second and the BMW E90 (#102, Martin Lanting/Bob Herber/Ward Sluys/Francesco Castellacci) followed in third.
The A3 pole setter comes from the Czech Republic as well. The Valek Autosport BMW M3 GTR E 36 (#113, Petr Válek/Dan Zelinský/Marek Fried) kept their rivals at bay with a 5.1 second gap. Second was the RKC/TGM Honda FK2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber/Thomas Gannon/William Gannon/David Drinkwater/James Kaye). The A3 rankings were completed by the Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#146, Herrmann Bock/Rainer Partl/Max Partl/Volker Piepmeyer/Axel Burghardt).
Night practice will take place from 19.15 till 20.15 hrs. The starting grid procedure will get underway on Saturday, October 15, at 11.00 hrs. The race starts at noon. Motors TV will be broadcasting live on Saturday from 11.30 till 22.30 hrs CET and on Sunday from 10.15 till 12.30 hrs CET. Qualifying, night practice and the race will be streamed in HD quality on the series’ website with live commentary by Radiolemans.com.
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