Allied Racing’s Nicolaj Møller-Madsen set the pace in the first official practice session at Monza this morning. The #22 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR was the fastest of the 46 cars taking part in the session.
The former series champion managed to put in a fastest time of 1m57.266s early in his first GT4 European Series session of the season. Møller-Madsen’s time was 0.2s faster than that of Jim Pla in the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG, who set the pace in the Pro-Am class.
Behind Pla the drivers were very close to each other. Third-fastest overall, at just 0.008s from Pla, was Max Busnelli in the #718 Centri Porsche Ticino car. The #23 United Autosports McLaren of Bailey Voisin was another millisecond behind in fourth place, with the #8 CMR Toyota of Stéphane Lémeret in fifth at 0.007s from Fagg.
Sixth-fastest overall and third in the Pro-Am Cup was the #10 Ebimotors Porsche of Riccardo Pera and Paolo Gnemmi, ahead of the #30 CMR Alpine of Loris Cabirou. Completing the top ten were three Mercedes-AMG GT4s. The #2 CD Sport car finished the session in eighth, the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG was ninth and last year’s runners-up NM Racing Team were tenth fastest.
French drivers Christophe Hamon and Michael Blanchemain were the fastest pairing in the Am Cup, with Hamon setting the fastest time of the session in the #69 Team Fullmotorsport Audi. The #18 Hella Pagid - racing one Aston Martin was second-fastest, with the #76 Autorlando Sport Porsche rounding out the Am Cup top three.
There was a brief Full Course Yellow towards the end of the session, when one of theThe cars will be back out later again during the second free practice session at 14:20 (CET).