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CMR Alpine and AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG at front of the grid for final races of 2021

9 October 2021

The #30 CMR Alpine and the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG will start the final two races of the 2021 GT4 European Series from the front of the grid, having set the fastest times during the two qualifying sessions at the 4.675km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

  • CMR Alpine and Sainteloc Racing Audi take final Silver Cup poles of 2021
  • Sainteloc Racing Audi on Pro-Am Cup pole for race 1; AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG takes race 2 pole
  • Am Cup poles for Team Fullmotorsport Audi and SVC Sport Management Toyota.

QUALIFYING 1

Loris Cabirou gave the #30 CMR Alpine its first GT4 European Series Silver Cup pole position in a qualifying ession disrupted by two red flags.

A spin into the gravel by Gregory Faessel in the #21 Sainteloc Racing Audi brought out the red flags with 13:53 to go and the session was truncated when Eric Clement in the #77 Team Fullmotorsport Audi went into the wall at Turn 16.

Cabirou had already put in the fastest lap before the first interruption and managed to improve that time to a 1m54.842 before the Team Fullmotorsport Audi’s crash brought an early end to the session.

Clement Seyler qualified his #14 Sainteloc Racing Audi on the front row with a time of 1m55.098, with Allied Racing’s Joel Sturm (#22 Porsche) and Cesar Gazeau (#27 AGS Events Aston Martin) locking out a Silver Cup top four overall.

Fastest in the Pro-Am Cup was Fabien Michal in the #42 Sainteloc Racing Audi, who will line up on the third row of the grid alongside Am Cup pole sitter Christophe Hamon in the #69 Team Fullmotorsport Audi. Lluc Ibanez (#15 NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG) and Ruben del Sarte (#55 Mirage Racing Aston Martin) will start from seventh and eighth on the grid respectively.

Silver Cup title contender Antoine Potty qualified the #8 CMR Toyota in ninth place on the grid, seventh in class, while points leader Bailey Voisin will start from 18th place.

Completing the top three in the Pro-Am Cup were Alexander Hartvig in the #26 Allied Racing Porsche and Luca Bosco in the #34 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG, with Markus Lungstrass (#18 Hella Pagid – racing one Aston Martin) and Nicolas Gomar (#89 AGS Events Aston Martin) taking second and third in the Am Cup.



QUALIFYING 2

Jim Pla clinched the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMGs fourth Pro-Am Cup pole position of the 2021 campaign, setting the fastest time in a qualifying session that was also marred by red flags.

The second qualifying was halted after seven minutes as Andrea Benezet in the #3 CMR Toyota suffered a huge crash into Turn 1. Benezet got out of the car under his own power, but the session was suspended for over 20 minutes for barrier repairs.

When the red flags came out, Tom Canning in the #55 Mirage Racing Aston Martin had posted the fastest lap (1m55.161s). Despite heavy traffic lap times did improve and by the time the red flag came out again, it was Jim Pla in the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG who had clocked the fastest lap. Gregory Guilvert in the #42 Sainteloc Racing Audi was second fastest, ahead of teammate Roee Meyuhas in the Silver Cup entered #14 Audi.

With 4 minutes and 35 seconds left on the clock the session was restarted, with the provisional top three opting to remain in the pits as others rushed out to try and improve their times. However, Bastian Buus in the #22 Allied Racing Porsche was the only one to make it work. The young Dane improved enough to start from the second row on the grid, next to Silver Cup pole sitter Roee Meyuhas.

Thijmen Nabuurs (#17 V8 Racing Chevrolet) and Tom Canning qualified fifth and sixth, with Hugo Chevalier (#2 CD Sport Mercedes-AMG) and Gael Castelli (#222 Mirage Racing Alpine), second and third in Pro-Am, completing the top eight for tomorrow’s final race.

Fastest in the Am Cup was Antoni Chodzen in the repaired #33 SVC Sport Management Toyota, ahead of Paul Theysgens (#7 Street Art Racing Aston Martin) and Olivier Esteves (#25 Sainteloc Racing Audi).

Charlie Fagg qualified the Silver Cup points leading #23 United Autosports McLaren in 17th place on the grid, with Stephane Lemeret taking 20th place in the #8 CMR Toyota.

Race 1 will be streamed on the GT4 European Series Facebook page, the GTWorld and GT4World Français YouTube channels and the GT4 European Series website

RESULTS: QUALIFYING 1 | QUALIFYING 2