BMW Team Schnitzer secured pole position for the second race of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series with a late flyer by Augusto Farfus. The veteran BMW works driver was the only one to break into the 8 minutes with a time of 7:59.580 around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Qualifying began with a big crash of the #23 GetSpeed Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3. Approaching the braking zone for the Hohenrain chicane, John Shoffner lost control of his Mercedes-AMG GT3. On his way to the wall the American hit the #4 Falken Motorsports Porsche 991.2 GT3R and took off the right-front corner of the Porsche. Both cars are not expected to make the start of the race today (Update 11:55: Schnabl Engineering managed to repair its Falken Porsche in time for the start of the race).
Early pace setters Manuel Metzger in the #16 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Christian Krognes in the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 almost went under the 8-minute mark but fell just short. Krognes came closest with a 8:00.059.
With two Code 60 zones out on the Nordschleife it looked like Krognes’ time would not be bettered anymore. Augusto Farfus, however, had other plans: despite the timing monitors showing two yellow flag zones, the Brazilian steered his #42 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3 to a time of 7:59.580 and with it took pole position.
Walkenhorst Motorsport lines up on the grid in second, while the #16 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT car and its #17 Haupt Racing Team sister car share the second starting row. The #2 Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3 and #7 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 share the third row.
Watch all the action of the second race of the 2020 VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series season live on GT REPORT. The 60. ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen starts today at 12:00 CET (11:00 BST).