#94 SRS Team Sorg Rennsport Porsche hits fastest overall lap in final stages
extremely close session, keeping half of the field within one second up to midway point
#44 Porsche leads Pro-Am, #72 Aston Martin fastest in Am Cup
The GT4 European Series Powered by RAFA Racing Club always delivers when it comes to close and exciting track action, but even seasoned spectators had to double-check the rankings halfway through Friday's Pre-Qualifying. After 30 minutes of track time, a whopping 24 cars, more than half of the entire field, posted lap times within a single second on the boards.
In that first half, different Porsche crews had been out in front, but only a handful of cars had been able to break the 1'48''-barrier. That remained the case until a red flag caused by an incident between two competitors at Turn 16 interrupted the session briefly. But when lights went back to green with just over 10 minutes left on the clock, the afternoon sun had warmed the track enough to allow for some blistering final laps.
Nicolaj Möller-Madsen took the best advantage of those favorable conditions and managed a lightning quick lap in the #94 SRS Team Sport Rennsport Porsche, putting himself and codriver Ivan Ekelchik firmly in the lead. The #3 Team Speedcar Audi R8 (Lariche/Consani) and the #77 Elite Motorsport McLaren Artura (Rattican/Emson) also converted a frantic last minute push into top three finishes.
Fastest Pro-Am lap was put on the board by another Porsche: the #44 Allied-Racing 718 Cayman GT4 RS CS of Kristensen/Wallace (5th overall), leading their category ahead of the #30 W&S Motorsport Porsche (Still/Kronberg, 8th overall) and Pro-Am Cup leaders Guilvert/Hamon in the #42 Saintéloc Junior Team Audi (9th overall).
Am honours went to the #72 GPA Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 (Grizaud/Jimenez) from P13 overall, well ahead of the #10 AVR-Avvatar Porsche of Piguet/Varutti (24th overall) and the #442 W&S Motorsport Porsche of Dawson/Xavier in 26th place.
As things quiet down around Hockenheim, time to start focusing on the business end of the weekend. First live session on Saturday will be Qualifying at 11.05 CEST, to decide on Pole Positions for both races. Race 1 starts at 16.55 CEST on Saturday, and the final hour of live racing action from Hockenheim follows on Sunday with Race 2, going green at 11.30 CEST.
Hockenheim – Pre-Qualifying – Results