Mirko Bortolotti set the fastest time in night qualifying for the ADAC 24h Race at the Nürburgring. The driver of the #63 Hankook FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo was the last in a long line of drivers who grabbed the top position during the three-hour long session.
The expected thunderstorms stayed away, opening the door for teams to improve their times on the drying track – and improve their times they did.
As the sun slowly set behind the horizon and the ominous clouds that covered the Eifel, temperatures dropped and speeds began to rise on the damp and drying track. One after another driver bumped the new leader down a spot.
First to set a new benchmark was Christian Krognes. The Norwegian piloted the #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 to a time of 8:22.373, replacing the #6 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo that was fastest after the first session, at the top of the timing sheets. That time, however, was quickly improved upon by Julien Andlauer in the #3 Rutronik Racing Porsche 991.2 GT3R who set an 8:21.420. He was followed in the top position by Klaus Bachler (#33 Falken Motorsports Porsche 991.2 GT3R, 8:20.237) and finally Mirko Bortolotti who with 13 minutes remaining crossed the line in 8:18.575 and is now the quickest driver this weekend so far.
Sneaking into third place, behind Bachler, was Matteo Cairoli who put the #911 Manthey Porsche 991.2 GT3R on third place courtesy of 8:21.001 lap time.
BMW Team Junior held on to fourth, while Rutronik Racing finished the session in fifth.
Qualifying continues Friday with the last regular session starting at 13:25 CEST followed by the session we’re all waiting for: The Top 30 Qualifying at 17:50 CEST where the 30 fastest cars go head-to-head in a shoot-out for pole position. Tune in to GT.REPORT/live for the livestreams of all session and the race.
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