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AGS Events and NM Racing Team seal GT4 European Series poles at Misano

8 August 2020

Theo Nouet and Lluc Ibanez will start from pole positions for this weekend’s GT4 European Series races at the Misano World Circuit.

First overall GT4 European Series pole for AGS Events
AGS Events driver Theo Nouet claimed his first pole position in the series in qualifying for the opening race this afternoon, with Ibanez securing the top spot for tomorrow’s final race.

Driving the #27 AGS Events Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4, Nouet was quick right from the moment the session went green. The young Frenchman was the first into the 1m42s, before putting in a 1m41.078s.

Behind Nouet, V8 Racing’s Thijmen Nabuurs and NM Racing Team’s Xavier Lloveras were battling for the final front row spot, but both drivers were unable to match the pace of the Aston Martin.

Halfway through the session Nouet improved to a 1m40.734s, which turned out to be 0.670s quicker than Nabuurs’ fastest time. Lloveras claimed third place on the grid with a time of 1m41.513.

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport’s Cem Bölükbasi was the fastest Pro-Am driver in the session in fifth overall, closely followed by the #89 AGS Events Aston Martin of Gilles Vannelet in sixth place overall. Seventh overall and second in Pro-Am was the #718 Centri Porsche Ticino entry of Ivan Jacoma, while Allied-Racing's Jan Kasperlik was scored as tenth overall and third in class.

With his time of 1m42.012s Vannelet was not only sixth fastest, but it also earned AGS Events the pole in the Am class. Bob Herber qualified the Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes in second place, ahead of teammate Jean-Luc Behets.

Ibanez edges out Hasse-Clot to claim pole for race 2
Valentin Hasse-Clot followed the example of teammate Nouet in the second session and early in the session the AGS Events driver put in a 1m41.018s.

But it was far from over as the #15 NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG of Lluc Ibanez was on a mission. The Spanish driver initially missed out on pole by just 0.050s, but with just under five minutes left Ibanez found just enough to move up into first place.

Ibanez’ time of 1m40.997 was 0.021s quicker than Hasse-Clot, who had no opportunity to counter the attack. Behind Ibanez and Hasse-Clot, Gabriele Piana secured third place on the grid for tomorrow’s race, with Nicolaj Møller-Madsen setting the fourth-fastest time.

Allied-Racing restored the order in Pro-Am, claiming the top spots, with Bastian Buus qualifying his Porsche in second position behind Møller-Madsen. Kay van Berlo was third quickest, followed by Joel Camathias in the #718 Porsche.

Paolo Meloni used his knowledge of the track to claim pole position in the Am class, albeit with a very small margin. The Sammarinese driver was just 0.034s faster than AGS Events’ Nicolas Gomar. Johan Vannerum (Selleslagh Racing Team) took third place in the Am category, at 0.092s from the pole sitter.