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Nurburgring 24 Hours: Mercedes heads BMW and Aston

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Nurburgring 24 Hours: Mercedes heads BMW and Aston
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May 15, 2015, 9:59 AM

The second qualifying session for the Nurburgring 24 Hours has concluded with five different manufacturers in the top five positions ahead of today’s pole position shootout.

#5 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Jaap van Lagen
#9 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003C: Manuel Lauck, Marino Franchitti, David Jahn, Franck Mailleux
#1 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS: Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, René Rast, Markus Winkelhock
#17 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3: Felipe Laser, Michela Cerruti, John Edwards, Daniel Keilwitz
#75 Getspeed Performance Porsche 997 GT3 Cup: Adam Osieka, Dieter Schornstein, Andy Sammers

In the closing minutes of Friday morning’s drying qualifying session, the Black Falcon Mercedes of Yelmer Buurman/Andreas Simonsen/Adam Christodoulou/Bernd Schneider lowered the best time to 8m20.034s with a relatively clear lap of the daunting Nordschleife circuit.

The Marc VDS BMW of Augusto Farfus/Jorg Muller/Nicky Catsburg/Dirk Adorf set the second fastest lap, 2.874s off the pace, with three minutes remaining.

Another late improvement was the Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke/Darren Turner/Pedro Lamy/Richie Stanaway moving up to third, 3.5s off the fastest time.

Bentley and Audi made it five marques in the top five positions, while Thursday’s pacesetting squad of Christopher Haase/ Christian Mamerow/Rene Rast/Markus Winkelhock in the Phoenix-run Audi slipped to seventh on 8m26.486s.

The session wasn’t a true reflection of the pace, however, as some cars were already pre-qualified for this afternoon’s Top 30 shootout.

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