- Ben Barnicoat sends out # 38 McLaren to the top in Q1, Maro Engel edges Q2 in # 6 Mercedes-AMG
- Mercedes-AMG sweeps Silver Cup posts many thanks to Toksport WRT and AKKA ASP
- SPS Automotive Efficiency sparks Pro-Am title battle with double pole for # 20 Mercedes-AMG
Mercedes-AMG was the brand to defeat in qualifying at Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia after earning 5 lead from a feasible six, yet it will be the # 38 JOTA McLaren that leads the field away for Sunday’s initial Sprint Mug competition many thanks to a scorching lap from Ben Barnicoat.
The British ace took pole in the dying mins of the opening session, knocking long-time leader Luca Stolz (# 6 Mercedes-AMG Group Toksport WRT) off top place by 0.073 s thanks to a 1m32.711 s lap. This was the second succeeding Sprint Mug certifying led by Barnicoat: the # 38 McLaren also covered Q1 at Brands Hatch yet was punished for weaving throughout the session as well as inevitably aligned third.
The second row will be shared by a pair of Silver Cup staffs. Óscar Tunjo safeguarded a fine third in the # 6 Toksport WRT Mercedes-AMG after the Colombian published a 1m32.820 s, simply a few tenths timid of teammate Stolz. Dennis Marschall gave the # 99 Attempto Racing device its best starting spot of the period in 4th, while likewise uploading the best result for an Audi in either qualifying session.
2 even more Mercedes-AMG runners were following on the timing screens: Timur Boguslavskiy took fifth in the # 88 AKKA ASP machine, while Ezequiel Perez Companc was 6th quickest in the # 90 Madpanda Motorsport car. The brand name’s Q1 success continued thanks to Valentin Pierburg, that put the # 20 SPS Automotive Efficiency Mercedes-AMG on top of the Pro-Am category. The German delivered an outstanding lap that was within 1.1 secs of Barnicoat’s criteria, and also gained an incentive factor that might verify important in the battle for the class championship.
Maro Engel nabbed his 2nd general pole of the period by narrowly covering Q2. The # 6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT driver was simply 0.007 s free from Jules Gounon (# 89 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG), that generated his ideal certifying efficiency of the season to reserve a spot on the front row for race 2. Jim Pla qualified the sister # 87 AKKA ASP maker in 3rd setting to gain Silver Cup post, while Dominik Baumann took top area in Pro-Am with a stellar lap in the # 20 SPS Automotive Efficiency.
Baumann will certainly begin 4th overall, 11 places free from his nearby class competitor, while his effort likewise earned one more bonus offer factor for the SPS team. Having actually protected both poles, the Pierburg/Baumann pairing have transferred to 2nd in the Pro-Am standings and also are currently within 13 factors of the course lead.This
quartet of Mercedes-AMG drivers was followed by Christian Engelhart, who got on great kind at the wheel of the # 54 Dinamic Motorsport Porsche. He will share the third row with Albert Costa, the Spanish ace showing to be the most effective of the Lamborghini runners in 6th setting. Ferrari was also stood for in the top-10 thanks to Skies Tempesta Competing after Eddie Cheever III certified ninth general as well as 4th in the Silver Mug course.
The second session saw the top-24 autos split by less than one second and also produced a number of shocks. The title-winning # 32 Group WRT Audi was only 13th with Dries Vanthoor at the wheel, while qualifying expert Raffaele Marciello was a lowly 23rd in the # 88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG. The Italian had actually a lap terminated throughout the initial 10 minutes for track limitations offenses and also did not run in the latter stages, consigning one of the pre-event favourites to an uphill struggle in the second contest.
The 2021 Sprint Cup season will wrap up on Sunday with a set of 60-minute races, the secondly of which will note the 100th given that the series was formed in 2013. With the overall titles already safeguarded by Group WRT and its # 32 pairing of Weerts/Vanthoor, the focus will certainly be on who can capture the Pro-Am and Silver Cup titles. Both are currently led by Lamborghini teams, however with the Valencia circuit seeming to favour Mercedes-AMG the fight is far from over. Both races will certainly be streamed reside on the official series internet site as well as social networks platforms, in addition to the GTWorld and GTWorld Français YouTube networks.