Phoenix Racing and HHC Motorsport claim pole positions at Zolder
7 April 2018
Nicolaj Møller Madsen and Will Tregurtha claimed pole positions for this weekend’s GT4 European Series races at the Zolder Circuit. Møller Madsen qualified his car on pole position for the opening race of the season, while HHC Motorsport’s Tregurtha will start tomorrow’s race from first place.
Three from three for Møller Madsen
The two CMR Ginetta G55 GT4s were fast in the first part of qualifying with Pierre-Alexander Jean topping the time sheets at the halfway point. Phoenix Racing’s Nicolaj Møller Madsen’s attempt to beat Jean’s time was successful on the Dane’s fifth lap. With a time of 1:38.047 Møller Madsen put his Audi R8 LMS GT4 on top. After a brief full course yellow period the hunt for pole position was restarted.
In the final minutes Stuart Middleton managed to put his HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 on the second row, ahead of Equipe Verschuur’s Ricardo van der Ende. Reinhard Kofler (True Racing) and Gabriele Piana (RN Vision STS) completed a Silver Cup top six overall.
Street Art Racing’s Julien Darras put the #7 Aston Martin Vantage on pole position in the Pro-AM class, followed by RN Vision STS driver Pavel Lefterov at just 0.028 seconds. Jörg Viebahn completed the Pro-AM top three in the #6 Phoenix Racing Audi. David Loger’s fastest time of 1:38.801 meant he will start from pole position in the AM class, seventh overall on the grid.
HHC Motorsport claims overall pole position for Race 2
Will Tregurtha was on the pace right from the word go in the second qualifying. The HHC Motorsport driver was already on provisional pole when the red flags came out, as a result of the #3 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 stranded on the track. At the same time the #39 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4 returned to the pit with a puncture.
Tregurtha’s fastest time of 1:38.259, set on his fifth lap, was enough to clinch pole for race 2 tomorrow. Finlay Hutchison qualified the Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 in second place, while Racing One’s Patrick Zamparini clinched third overall and pole position in Pro-AM with just three minutes remaining in the session. Behind Zamparini, Simon Knap took third in Silver Cup. The MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 will start from fourth on the grid.
Markus Lungstrass completed a Racing One 1-2 in Pro-AM qualifying, with John-Louis Jasper making it an Audi top three in Pro-AM in his first qualifying session for the Phoenix Racing team. Niki Leutwiler qualified the #222 TFT Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR on pole position for race 2. The Swiss driver, driving solo, will start from tenth overall.