Mads Siljehaug and Jan Kisiel secure Misano pole positions
29 June 2019
Mads Siljehaug (Valvoline - True Racing) and Jan Kisiel (Leipert Motorsport)secured pole positions for the two GT4 European Series races at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Siljehaug came out on top in the first of the two 20-minute sessions, with the fastest time of the weekend, while Kisiel set the pace in the second qualifying session.
Hot conditions at the Misano World Circuit made qualifying more difficult for the drivers. The True Racing KTM drivers immediately found the right pace and put in the fastest lap times of the weekend on only their second lap in the session.
Driving the #24 KTM X-Bow GT4, Mads Siljehaug was the first driver to get into the 1m42s when he lapped the 4.226 km circuit in 1m42.508. Some 20 seconds later Patric Niederhauser put the #16 KTM in second place, just 0.121s shy of the fastest time.
The rest of the field was unable to match the pace of the two KTMs. CMR’s Stephane Lemeret was the only driver to get within a second of one of the KTMs, but the Alpine driver’s fastest time of 1m43.613 was 1.105s slower than the pole time of Siljehaug.
Romain Monti in his #66 Bullitt Racing Mercedes posted the fourth time in the final minutes of the session, taking advantage of an almost empty track. Euan McKay (Ekris Motorsport), Benjamin Lessennes (Equipe Verschuur) and Max Koebolt (Leipert Motorsport) completed the top seven.
Marius Zug qualified the #111 RN Vision STS BMW on pole in the Pro-Am category, ahead of Red Bull Racing Esports driver Cem Bolukbasi in the #12 Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW. Luci Trefz in the Pro-Am points leading Leipert Motorsport Mercedes qualified in third place, with Jan Kasperlik putting the #22 Allied Racing Porsche fourth on the Pro-Am grid.
In the Am category it was Dominik Olbert who was the fastest driver in the #99 razoon – more than racing KTM, ahead of Johan Vannerum (Selleslagh Racing Team) and Laurent Coubard (Rédélé Comeptition) Alpine.
The second session saw Jan Kisiel taking two attempts to claim pole position for race 2. After his first lap time was deleted for exceeding track limits, the Leipert Motorsport driver pushed for one more lap, edging out Ricardo van der Ende (#8 Ekris Motorsport). Kisiel’s fastest time of 1m43.266 was just 0.018s quicker than the time set by the Dutchman in the Ekris M4.
After being forced to retire from qualifying 1, V8 Racing repaired the #69 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in time for Duncan Huisman to take it out in the second session. The Dutchman managed to put in a fast lap with three minutes left on the clock, resulting in the third fastest time in the session.
Gabriele Piana handed RN Vision STS its second Pro-Am pole of the weekend by qualifying the #111 BMW fourth overall, 0.048s ahead of Lluc Ibanez in the NM Racing Team Ginetta. Behind Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Alec Udell, Dominik Schraml was eighth fastest overall and third in Pro-Am. David Loger claimed pole position in the Am category, with Önder Erdem and Jean-Luc Behets setting the second and third fastest times.
Mads Siljehaug, #24 Valvoline – True Racing KTM X-Bow GT4: “We prepared to do one quick lap. We know when we have some temperature in the car that we don’t have the highest performance. We had a proper cool down, high tyre pressure and that was good for one lap. I got the most out of it, was lucky with no traffic and that completed the lap. Really happy with this.”
Jan Kisiel, #4 Leipert Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT4: “After my first lap was cancelled, I was quite scared as I used half of the peak of the tyre. I cooled the car down a little, then I tried my best and you can see it worked. We didn’t expect this at the beginning of the weekend. But thanks to hard work from the Leipert Motorsport mechanics we found the right setup.”
RESULTS QUALIFYING 1 (PROVISIONAL)
RESULTS QUALIFYING 2 (PROVISIONAL)