Fagg and Kisiel claim Monza pole positions
13 April 2019
Team GT and Leipert Motorsport claimed the first pole positions of the new GT4 European Series season at Monza today. Charlie Fagg was fastest in the first qualifying session, while Jan Kisiel topped the charts in the second session. Allied Racing drivers Nicolas Schöll and Jan Kasperlik secured pole positions in the Pro-Am class, while David Loger and Jean-Luc Behets were fastest in the Am qualifying sessions.
FAGG CLAIMS POLE ON SERIES RETURN, SCHÖLL SECURES PRO-AM POLE
On his series return with Team GT, Charlie Fagg claimed pole position for race 1 in a fiercely contested qualifying session. Driving the #55 Team GT McLaren 570S GT4, Fagg beat Daniel McKay as McLaren secured a front-row sweep.
Fagg and Equipe Verschuur driver McKay were separated by just 0.007s at the end of the first 20-minute segment of qualifying. Fagg’s fastest time of 1:57.787 was - at that point - the fastest time of the weekend.
Behind the two McLaren 570S GT4s it was Allied Racing’s Nicolas Schöll who set the third-fastest time in the #22 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR. With that time the young Austrian also claimed pole position in the Pro-Am category.
Schöll will start alongside series newcomer Alec Udell, who put the #25 MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 third in class in his first qualifying in the GT4 European Series. Dominik Schraml (Schwede Motorsport) was fifth fastest and second in Pro-Am, with Pierre-Alexandre Jean completing the overall top six with his CMR-entered Alpine A110 GT4.
Gabriele Piana (RN Vision STS), Nicolaj Møller-Madsen (Phoenix Racing), Patric Niederhauser (True Racing) and Andy Meyrick (Bullitt Racing) will line up on rows four and five later this afternoon. Pole position in the Am class went to the CMR Alpine of David Loger.
DEBUT POLE FOR JAN KISIEL, KASPERLIK AND BEHETS TAKE CLASS POLES
Jan Kisiel gave Leipert Motorsport its first pole position of the season when he set the pace in Qualifying 2. Kisiel’s time in the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT4 was 0.141s faster than Olivier Hart in the #69 V8 Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.
Initially it was Equipe Verschuur’s Benjamin Lessennes who had set the fastest lap, with Michael Benyahia following him by 0.009s. The session was briefly interrupted when Phil Hill spun his KTM into the gravel trap, but soon after the restart Kisiel moved to the top of the charts, followed by Hart.
Behind them drivers improved, but with just over five minutes remaining the session was stopped again as Guillaume Roman went off into the barriers. After his damaged Alpine A110 GT4 was recovered the session was restarted.
In the remaining minutes none of the other drivers was able to beat Kisiel’s time. Kisiel and Hart will start from the front row, Benyahi and Lessennes qualified on row two, with Schouten and Kofler taking the third row.
Like his Allied Racing teammate in Qualifying 1, Jan Kasperlik claimed pole in the Pro-Am class for Race 2. Kasperlik was a couple of hundredths of a second quicker than German youngsters Luci Trefz and Marius Zug. Jean-Luc Behets secured the pole position in the AM class.