Marciello takes his third pole of the Sprint Cup season – Sportscar365
Raffaele Marciello claimed his third pole of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup season ahead of Sunday’s 60-minute race at Zandvoort.
The Akkodis ASP driver posted a time of 1:32.093, the fastest lap of the weekend so far, in the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo he shares with Timur Boguslavskiy.
He chased a 100% qualifying record for Marciello in the Sprint Cup this season, with the factory AMG rider leading the three sessions he has entered so far.
Marciello and Boguslavskiy are aiming to bounce back from their zero point score at Zandvoort on Saturday, when Team WRT winning duo Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor moved up to the top of the Sprint Championship standings.
Vincent Abril brought the #112 JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3 to the front row of the grid with a 1:32.660 effort, leaving Marciello just over half a second clear of the lead.
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo IIs will occupy the second row for Sunday afternoon’s 60-minute race, with Dennis Marschall taking third place in qualifying for Attempto Racing.
The #66 Audi driver was one of the few competitors to improve after a red flag came three minutes from the end of the session, after Garage 59’s Ethan Simioni pushed his McLaren in the gravel of turn 9.
Marschall edged out Vanthoor, who qualified fourth in the no.32 Audi WRT that took maximum points on Saturday.
Dean MacDonald earned an impressive fifth overall in the #188 Garage 59 McLaren on Pro-Am pole position with a time of 1:32.808.
The GT4 race winner narrowly beat JP Motorsport’s Christian Klien for class pole by 0.051 seconds as three 720S GT3s cracked the top six.
Christian Engelhart finished seventh for the Porsche Dinamic Motorsport team, ahead of Jim Pla driving the #88 Mercedes-AMG Akkodis ASP which finished second in Race 1.
The two Audi Tresor by Car Collections qualified by works drivers Christopher Haase and Mattia Drudi moved into the fifth row and completed the top 10.
The Silver Cup pole sitter could find himself 13th thanks to Nicolas Schoell’s time of 1:33.195 at the wheel of the n°66 Attempto Racing Audi.
His closest competitor on the grid will be AF Corse Ferrari driver Pierre-Alexandre Jean, who qualified 15th behind No.46 WRT Audi driver Frederic Vervisch.
The second race of the Zandvoort meeting, and sixth race of the Sprint Cup season, is due to start at 2:00 p.m. CEST (8:00 a.m. ET).
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