Maxi Götz said pole position for the British GT Championship’s Silverstone 500 was a culmination of the all the work he and team-mate Kevin Tse has been putting in to finding the ideal setup for their 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3.


The pair have been getting steadily faster all weekend so far, with second and eighth in the practice sessions building to a pole position based on Tse’s mega lap in the Am side of GT3 qualifying which saw him finish almost half-a-second clear of the pack behind – allowing Götz to confirm the top spot without as much pressure to perform.

He said: “It was a great session, a clear session without any traffic or interruptions. So it was really good. The balance was nice.

“Always in Silverstone with track limits at turn one you are a bit cautious in the first lap. In the second lap I improved two-tenths, but then I ran out of rear tyre a bit in the last sector, which is normal. So in the end, I just want to secure our position and I just wanted to put a good lap in,  to be safe. And yeah, it was enough in the end.”

Having tested before the weekend, and used Friday’s official test sessions to fine tune the setup on the Mercedes-AMG, the pair are happy to be starting on pole for the three-hour race. With rain forecast, the German is pleased to be in a relatively safer position at the front of the field and build on the performances they’ve put in already at the opening round of the season earlier in April.

“We’ve been always also strong in Oulton Park, but we were out of out of luck actually.” Götz said.  “Today, we brought everything together. The car felt good, we did steps in setup o I think we developed the car over the weekend. We’ve been testing here as well, which helped for sure.

“But now it’s good to have pole position for such a big race. For the race it’s going to be rain, so it’s good to start from front row to actually to have a bit of margin.”

Pulling the setup in the right direction for the pair was a point confirmed by Tse, who was pleased with how the car felt despite the challenge of constantly changing weather conditions over the course of the weekend.

Tse added: “It’s been tricky the last two days, rain and dry and sunshine and rain, but, yeah, we managed to find a good setup for the qualifying session. The team did a mega job. Of course, Max, he knows the car so well that every setup change we made was in the right direction for the last two days. So that really helped us and yeah, our pace shows today.”

The Silverstone 500 gets underway at 12.30pm UK time, and you can watch all the action on GT REPORT. 



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