Double pole position for Ekris Motorsport at the Nürburgring
16 September 2017
Ricardo van der Ende and Max Koebolt dominated qualifying for the final round of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup this afternoon. Koebolt secured pole position for today’s race and Van der Ende followed that up with pole position for tomorrow’s race.
It was sunny but cold for the first qualifying session and with 37 cars out on track it was all about finding a clear lap. Koebolt put in a 2:04.828 early in the session and he proved to be unbeatable in the first session.
Initially Csaba Mor was second, but then the Reiter Young Stars set some fast times. RYS Team InterNetX driver Mads Siljehaug demoted Mor to third, but the Norwegian was soon pushed down to third himself when RYS Team KTM’s Reinhard Kofler improved. The Austrian was unable to beat Koebolt’s time, finishing the session 0.403s behind the Dutchman.
August Macbeth (#54 RYS Team Pankl) was the fastest Pro-AM qualifier, finishing fifth overall. Alain Ferté (#4 Energy by ART) was second fastest in class, followed by the #222 TFT Racing Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 of Niki Leutwiler. Pro-AM points leader Razvan Umbrarescu (#111 RN Vision STS) qualified fourth in class, with Jan Kasperlik (#22 Allied Racing) in sixth and Luc Braams (#9 Las Moras Racing) in ninth, after suffering technical issues.
Giuseppe Fascicolo (#77 Scuderia Villorba Corse) claimed pole position in the AM class, ahead of the #21 Allied Racing Porsche of Joachim Bölting and the #76 Autorlando Sport Porsche of AM points leader Giuseppe Ghezzi.
Qualifying 2 started with the two McLaren 570S GT4s of Finlay Hutchison and Duncan Huisman setting the pace, but soon after it was Matthew George who put the #144 GenerationAMR SuperRacing Aston Martin on provisional pole. Behind him second to fourth were separated by just 0.004s.
Ricardo van der Ende then put in a 2:04.635 on his second timed lap, which turned out to be fast enough for pole position. With four minutes left in the session, Marc Basseng put #13 Schwede Motorsport Porsche on the provisional Pro-AM pole and first row overall, but the former FIA GT1 World Champion was unable to beat the fastest time set by Van der Ende in the #8 Ekris M4 GT4. George finished third overall and second in Pro-AM, ahead of the TFT Racing Porsche of Ander Vilarino.
Hendrik Still qualified the #111 RN Vision STS Porsche he shares with Razvan Umbrarescu in fifth place, with Las Moras Racing driver Duncan Huisman right behind him. Jörg Viebahn ended the session in 19th place.
In AM Manuele Mengozzi put the #76 Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT4 on pole position, ahead of the #22 Allied Racing Porsche and the #111 Sofia Car Motorsport SIN R1 GT4.
The first race of the Nürburgring weekend will start at 16.55 CEST. The race will be streamed live on the series website, Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as SRO’s GT World YouTube channel. Commentary will be available in English and French.