First Free Practice Session at Misano shows strong form for Mercedes-AMG

First Free Practice Session at Misano shows strong form for Mercedes-AMG
  • #15 NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG leads all-German top 5

  • fastest Pro-Am also for Mercedes-AMG (#20 EastSide Motorsport Bulatov/Mayer)

  • Am Cup led by #10 AVR-Avvatar Porsche (Varutti/Piguet) and 8th quickest overall

During the first half hour of Free Practice 1, which was only very briefly interrupted for an oil spill clean-up, various teams and brands shuffled the top 3 lap times between them. For a good length of time, that saw the #17 V8 Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R (Herremans/Rappange) running in the top 5, showing some of their quickest pace this season.

As the session passed the halfway mark, the #15 NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG had already put a strong 1'41.343 on the board, and that would remain the quickest lap of the session right until the end.

The #3 Team Speedcar Audi R8 LMS GT4 (Lariche/Consani) was second quickest at that point, and that position as well would prove final until the chequered flag. That left just the final spot in the top 3 up for grabs, which also seemed a given for the #20 EastSide Motorsport Mercedes-AMG. However, a strong push in the final stages by the #22 Allied-Racing Porsche (Hartvig/Schaap) saw the leading Pro-Am Mercedes-AMG drop to fourth overall.

Despite some strong British efforts by the #5 Mirage Racing Aston Martin (Day/Del Sarte) and the #48 GPA Racing Vantage AMR GT4 (Voisin/Heyerdahl), the top 5 would eventually become entirely German when the #12 Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 (Edgar/Besler) took fifth overall. Both Aston Martin entries finally claimed 6th and 7th, just before the Am championship leading #10 AVR-Avvatar Porsche (Varutti/Piguet) in 8th overall.

Next up is Free Practice 2, this Friday afternoon at 17.30 CEST. As of Saturday, July 15, the action from Misano goes all live with qualifying at 10.00 CEST, followed by Race 1 at 17.30 CEST. Race 2 concludes the racing action at Misano on Sunday, July 16 at 10.25 CEST.

Both qualifying and the races will be streamed live in English, French and German via the GT4 European Series website and the GTWorld YouTube channel.


Misano – Free Practice 1 - Results