Despite BMW dominance all throughout the regular qualifying sessions for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and despite Octane126’s complaints about the Ferrari’s Balance of Performance, Luca Ludwig surprised everyone with pole position for the #26 Octane126 Ferrari 488 GT3.
Ludwig’s exceptional pole lap of 8m09.469s came on the first of two laps – with his second lap of 8m10.406s good enough for pole as well.
A second-lap assault by Jordan Pepper in the #7 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 looked to pose a threat in the first sectors, but the South African could not maintain the same pace throughout the rest of the lap, eventually claiming third place on the grid with an 8m10.788s, just a tenth behind Augusto Farfus in the #99 Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3. The Brazilian lines up next to Ludwig with an 8m10.640s.
With father Klaus Ludwig leading the record books in number of pole positions with six, Luca Ludwig’s first pole makes it seven for the Ludwig family.
Slotting in in fourth place next to the Lamborghini will be the #22 Audi Sport Team Car Collection. Christopher Haase put down an 8m11.210s, just ahead of Jakub Giermaziak. The Pole checked in an 8m11.554s aboard the #5 Scherer Sport Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS GT3 for fifth place.
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