Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes sweeps front row in final qualifying

Maro Engel took pole position for the 47th edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours after an enthralling final qualifying shootout on Friday evening, leading a Mercedes one-two.

Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes sweeps front row in final qualifying
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Engel, heading the Black Falcon assault on the Nordschleife, topped the session with a 8m10.910s on his second flying lap in the #2 Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Adam Christodoulou, Manuel Metzger and Dirk Muller.

He was 0.137s quicker than Maximilian Gotz in the #48 HTP Mercedes, which topped Thursday night's first qualifying in the hands of Raffaele Marciello.

Last year's polesitter Laurens Vanthoor was on course to grab the Glickenhaus Trophy for the second time after he posted a 8m11.567s in his first lap in the #911 Team Manthey Porsche that led the way in second qualifying earlier on Friday.

But the Flemish driver wasn’t able to be quicker on his second try and ended up in third, six tenths quicker than compatriot Frederic Vervisch in the #4 Team Phoenix Audi. 

Mathieu Jaminet took fifth in the #31 Frikadelli Porsche after he was just quicker than Yelmer Buurman, who finished in sixth in the #6 Black Falcon Mercedes.

Defending race winner Frederic Makowiecki ended up in seventh in the second of the Manthey Porsches after he was impeded by a slow zone because of an incident on track. 

Luca Stolz drew the first starting position for Friday's shootout but almost spun his #3 Black Falcon Mercedes on his first flying lap before recovering to eighth place. 

Jan Seyffarth ended up in ninth with the #16 GetSpeed Mercedes while Simon Trummer rounded out the top 10 in the quickest of the Ferrari 488 GT3s.

BMW failed to get any of its cars inside the top 10, with the best-placed M6 GT3 being that of Walkenhorst Motorsport driver Christian Krognes in 13th, some 4.2s off the pace.

Session results (top 10):

Pos. # Drivers Car Time Gap
1 2 United Kingdom Adam Christodoulou 
Germany Maro Engel 
Germany Manuel Metzger 
Germany Dirk Muller 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'10.910  
2 48 Germany Christian Hohenadel 
Germany Lance David Arnold 
Italy Raffaele Marciello 
Germany Maximilian Gotz 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'11.047 0.137
3 911 New Zealand Earl Bamber 
Denmark Michael Christensen 
France Kevin Estre 
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor 
Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 II) 8'11.567 0.657
4 4 Germany Pierre Kaffer 
Germany Frank Stippler 
Belgium Frederic Vervisch 
Belgium Dries Vanthoor 
Audi R8 LMS 8'12.669 1.759
5 31 France Romain Dumas 
Australia Matt Campbell
Germany Sven Muller 
France Mathieu Jaminet 
Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 II) 8'12.781 1.871
6 6 Germany Patrick Assenheimer 
Germany Nico Bastian 
Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 
Italy Gabriele Piana 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'12.996 2.086
7 1 Austria Richard Lietz 
France Frederic Makowiecki 
France Patrick Pilet 
United Kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 911 GT3 R (911 II) 8'13.588 2.678
8 3 Germany Maxi Buhk 
Germany Hubert Haupt 
Germany Thomas Jager 
Germany Luca Stolz 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'13.633 2.723
9 16 Netherlands Renger van der Zande 
France Tristan Vautier 
Germany Jan Seyffarth 
Germany Kenneth Heyer 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'14.681 3.771
10 55 Germany Bjorn Grossmann 
Switzerland Simon Trummer 
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
Switzerland Alexander Prinz 
Ferrari 488 GT3 8'14.698 3.788

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