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United Autosports McLarens set the pace in Nürburgring qualifying

4 September 2021

United Autosports drivers Bailey Voisin and Dean Macdonald will start this weekend’s GT4 European Series races at the Nürburgring from first on the grid.

  • United Autosports McLarens take Silver Cup pole positions in both races
  • Allied Racing Porsche on Pro-Am pole for race 1; AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG to start race 2 from pole
  • Hellla Pagid - racing one Aston Martin secures race 1 pole; CMR Toyota quickest in qualifying 2

Qualifying 1

After capturing his first pole position in Qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, Voisin took his second pole position of the season at the Nürburgring. On his second timed lap the United Autosports driver put in a fastest time of 2m04.017s.

That initially led to a United Autosports 1-2, but ultimately Gus Bowers slipped to fourth place, as Thijmen Nabuurs in the #17 V8 Racing Chevrolet and Jan Marschalkowski in the #13 Team Zakspeed Mercedes-AMG improved their times and qualified in second and third respectively.

Silver Cup title contender Stéphane Lémeret qualified the #8 CMR Toyota in fifth place, ahead of Joel Sturm in the #22 Allied Racing Porsche. Cem Bolukbasi (#12 Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW), Roee Meyuhas (#14 Saintéloc Racing Audi), Ruben del Sarte (#55 Mirage Racing Aston Martin) and Edouard Cauhaupe (#2 CD Sport Mercedes-AMG) completed the overall and Silver Cup top ten in Q1.

Markus Lungstrass in the #18 Hella Pagid - racing one Aston Martin was 11th fastest overall and quickest in the Am Cup. The German posted a 2m04.939s, just 0.051s quicker than Christophe Hamon in the Am Cup-entered #69 Team Fullmotorsport Audi. Third in class went to Moritz Wiskirchen in the #20 Allied Racing Porsche.

Wiskirchen’s teammate Alexander Hartvig qualified the #26 Allied Racing Porsche on pole position in the Pro-Am Cup. The Danish driver resisted a best lap of 2m05.051s, which puts him in 15th place overall. Moritz Kranz qualified the #35 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG second in class, ahead of teammate Luca Bosco in the #34 Mercedes-AMG.

Qualifying 2

In Qualifying 2 the times tumbled on the monitor non-stop until Dean Macdonald in the #32 United Autosports McLaren went below the 2m04s-mark. His best lap time of 2m03.507s ultimately proved too much for the rest of the field, with Jim Pla qualifying the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG in second place on the grid, 0.521s behind Macdonald.

Pla’s best time not only resulted in a front row start, but also pole position in the Pro-Am Cup. Charlie Fagg qualified the #23 United Autosports McLaren in third place and he will line up alongside Theo Nouet in the #13 Team Zakspeed Mercedes-AMG.

Sébastien Baud qualified the #74 CD Sport in fifth place overall and fourth in Silver Cup, ahead of Nicolaj Møller-Madsen in the #22 Allied Racing Porsche. Seventh overall and second in Pro-Am was Grégory Guilvert (#42 Saintéloc Racing Audi), ahead of Tom Canning (#55 Mirage Racing Aston Martin) and Lluc Ibanez (#15 NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG). Maxime Soulet in the #34 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG qualified in 16th place, completing the Pro-Am Cup top three for race 2.

Pole position in the Am Cup went to Andrea Benezet in the #3 CMR Toyota. Benezet’s first lap was fast enough to beat his fellow competitors. Paul Theysgens qualified the #7 Street Art Racing in second place, with Benjamin Ricci taking third in the #61 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG.

Race 1 is set to get underway at 17:15 local time. The race will be streamed live on the GT4 European Series website, the GT4 European Series Facebook page and the GTWorld and GT4World Français YouTube channels.