Garage 59 McLaren fastest in Spa 24 Hours Qualifying

Photo: Marcel ten Caat - Planetlemans

Shane Van Gisbergen topped the time sheets after two qualifying sessions for the 68th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The Kiwi set his fastest lap on his first flying lap of the night qualifying session, beating the time set by Maxi Götz in the first qualifying session.

The cooler conditions at the start of the night qualifying session gave Van Gisbergen just enough advantage to beat the time set by the No. 86 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3. The difference between Van Gisbergen and Götz was just 0.058 seconds, with lap times some three tenths of a second slower than last year.

DTM driver Dani Juncadella qualified the No. 56 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 in third place for the Super Pole session, ahead of the first of the Audi R8 LMS entries, the No. 28 car of Laurens Vanthoor. The Mercedes was the best placed Pro-Am car in qualifying.

Van Gisbergen was the only McLaren driver to make it into the top 20 super pole session, in which he will take on five cars from Audi, six Mercedes, three Bentleys, two BMWs and two Lamborghinis, as well as a single Ferrari.

Niki Cadei qualified the No. 888 Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in 35th overall and first in the Am class, while Grégory Paisse was the fastest National Group driver with the No. 230 Speedlover Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. streamed live on the websites of the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the Blancpain GT Series.

Shane van Gisbergen: “It was a pretty tough start to the day with the weather but it got better and better. The car was not too good to begin with but we chipped away at the set-up and got there in the end. We were 19th at the end of the first qualifying session, so right on the edge and needed to do a better job tonight! Of course, that has only got us into the Super Pole shootout but we are happy with where we are.”