Pulcini-Hites (Oregon Lambo) take pole for tomorrow’s endurance race at Spa

18.06.2022

A great show is served for tomorrow’s special endurance race of the International GT Open at Spa-Francorchamps: the first three pairs in the standings will start from the top three positions in the grid, although in a different order.

As known, tomorrow’s race will be 2 hours and 20 minutes (+ 1 lap) long and will award double points. The grid is being formed based on the average of the best lap times of each driver, following the two sessions held earlier today. The exercise proved very interesting and yielded a very close competition: eventually, Leonardo Pulcini and Benja Hites, currently second in the standings, prevailed by only 0s024, thanks to a great lap by Pulcini in session 2 (2.17.104) in the Lamborghini Huracan of Oregon Team. Points leaders Nick Moss and Joe Osborne, driving the McLaren 720 of Optimum Motorsport, were second, after Joe Osborne conceded a mere 15 thousandths of a second to Pulcini in the second session.

Third on the grid will be the other Oregon car of Glenn Van Berlo-Kevin Gilardoni (-0s420). It will share row 2 with the Olimp Racing Audi of Marcin Jedlinski-Karol Basz (-0s719), with two Mercedes sitting in row 3, i.e. the cars of Alain Valente-Florian Scholze (Team GT) and of Jordan Love-Frank Bird (HRT).

In session 1, David Fumanelli (Kessel Racing Ferrari) was the fastest (2.17.139), 0s437 ahead of an impressive Max Hofer (Aust Motorsport Audi) and two Mercedes driven by Swiss drivers, Yannick Mettler (SPS) and Alain Valente (Team GT).

In the second session, behind Pulcini, Osborne and Van Berlo, Earl Bamber (Singha Porsche) was fourth-fastest.

No incidents were reported. The hot weather that hit Spa today, with temperatures up to 34 degrees, is expected to continue tomorrow, with the race start at 12:30.