The final regular qualifying session for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring saw the #98 Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3 stay on top with the #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 following in second.
Nick Catsburg’s Thursday afternoon time of 8m14.771s remained the benchmark throughout Friday’s one-hour Qualifying 3 while Christian Krognes’ Q1 time of 8m15.936s was unthreatened as well.
Several teams took stabs at the #12 Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein, pushing the Haupt Racing Team-run Mercedes-AMG GT3 down to fifth at the end of the session. Best of them all was Mathieu Jaminet who got the #27 Toksport WRT Porsche 991.2 GT3R from ninth on Thursday to third going into the Top Qualifying on Friday evening with an 8m15.967s.
The local team – based inside of the Nürburgring in the town of Quiddelbach – beat the #55 Mercedes-AMG Team Landgraf team by as little as 0.093s. Responsible for Mercedes’ Pro-Am team’s fourth place was Patrick Assenheimer.
Left in fifth place, the #12 Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein was still faster than Alessio Picariello in the #44 Falken Motorsports Porsche 991.2 GT3R who managed an 8m16.260s early in the session.
Seventh went to the #5 Scherer Sport Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS GT3 that jumped all the way from 25th on Thursday to inside the top 10 on a day later thanks to Ricardo Feller’s lap of 8m16.418s.
Coming in from all the down in 30th, Jordan Pepper placed the #7 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on eight position, improving almost a whole 10 seconds to set an 8m16.449s.
Once again, it was Tim Heinemann who turned heads as the German lapped the Nordschleife in his #116 True Racing KTM X-Bow GT2 in a staggering 8m16.829s to put the SPX class car in ninth position.
The top 10 was rounded out by the #22 Audi Sport Team Car Collection. Although improving their time by a few tenths, Christopher Haase’s 8m17.392s could only bring it back into the top 10, not reclaim fourth place.
Top Qualifying starts at 17:50 CEST where the top 20 of the combined qualifying sessions will hot lap for pole position and the rest of the first twenty positions on the grid.
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