After a tentative first hour of driving, drivers started to push stronger through the 17 corners of the 4.5 km Baden-Württemberg circuit. That resulted, just before the session's halfway-point, in a strong 1'46.674 lap for the SRS Team Sorg Rennsport #94 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS CS of Ekelchik/Möller-Madsen. A lap that would remain on top of the boards until the end of the session.
Two other Porsches would claim second and third overall: the #23 Overdrive Racing (Bostandjiev/Lefterov) and the #30 W&S Motorsport (Still/Kronberg), the latter being quickest of all Pro-Am entries in this first Hockenheim session.
Just shy of the top 3, season regular front-runners #3 Team Speedcar Audi R8 LMS GT4 (Lariche/Consani) lapped fourth quickest overall, and the #74 Racing Spirit of Léman Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 (Weyrich/Villagomez) settles for P5, a mere 0.3 seconds slower than the leading Porsche.
The #77 Elite Motorsport with Entire Race Engineering McLaren Artura GT4 (Rattican/Emson) showed some good form to claim the sixth quickest time of the day, just in front of the #18 TSR Team Spirit Racing Aston Martin of Stegmann/Lungstrass at P7 overall and second quickest in Pro-Am Cup.
Fastest Am crew were the championship leaders Piguet/Varutti in the #10 AVR-Avvatar Porsche at 17th overall, and the #442 W&S Motorsport Porsche in 18th place, in the hands of Gustavo Xavier and Charles Dawson, who returns to the series after missing out on the previous rounds.
The GT4 European Series Powered by RAFA Racing Club grid now looks forward to a busy schedule for the upcoming Hockenheim weekend. First action on Friday comes in the form of Free Practice, scheduled for 12.10 CEST. From 17.00-18.00 CEST on Friday, one hour of track time for the grid serves as Pre-Qualifying.
On Saturday morning, Qualifying sessions start at 11.05 CEST, and Race 1 follows Saturday afternoon at 16.55 CEST. Race 2 at Hockenheim wraps up the action on Sunday at 11.30 CEST.
Hockenheim – Official Paid Test Session - Results