Continuing on from BMW’s recent dominance at the Nürburgring, 2020 race winners Rowe Racing topped the charts in the first qualifying session for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. The Thursday afternoon session saw John Edwards in the #98 BMW M4 GT3 set an 8m17.540s before co-driver Nick Catsburg put down another quick lap and improve the fastest time to 8m14.771s.
Christian Krognes gave BMW a (very) provisional front-row lock-up by lapping the Nordschleife in the #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 in 8m15.936s.
Both BMWs’ quickest times came just after one hour of qualifying in the session planned for 90 minutes. Qualifying 1 was curtailed 18 minutes before the end to repair the barriers after an accident of the #131 Mühlner Motorsport Porsche 992 GT3 Cup.
Luca Stolz was third quickest, putting the #12 Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein near the top-end of the timesheets with an 8m18.599s. The German led a long group of cars that set early fast times but never improved on them.
The top five was completed by Julien Andlauer in the #27 Toksport WRT Porsche 991.2 GT3R (8m19.265s) in fourth and Maro Engel in the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed in fifth place with a fastest lap of 8m19.300s.
Night qualifying starts tonight at 20:30 CEST with the chequered flag at just before midnight at 23:30 CEST. You can watch all qualifying sessions and the race live on GT.REPORT/live.
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