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Mortara Takes Pole in Hard-Fought Macau Qualifying

Edoardo Mortara takes hard-fought pole for FIA GT World Cup qualifying race at Macau…

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Edoardo Mortara has taken pole position for the FIA GT World Cup qualifying race in a close-fought qualifying session dominated by Mercedes-AMG GT3s at Macau on Friday afternoon.

The Mercedes-AMG Team Driving Academy driver posted a time of 2:17.565 in the closing stages after battling with Daniel Juncadella, Raffaele Marciello, Augusto Farfus and Robin Frijns throughout the 30-minute session.

Juncadella will line up alongside Mortara after setting a lap time 0.282 seconds slower than the five-time Macau winner.

The top four grid positions were secured by Mercedes-AMG drivers.

Maro Engel and Marciello will start from third and fourth in their GruppeM-run Mercedes, with Audi Sport Team WRT’s Nico Mueller the best non-AMG entrant in fifth.

Frijns looked set to take a strong grid position after topping Free Practice 2 earlier in the day but a collision with the barrier took him out of contention for much of the session.

As a result, the No. 1 Audi R8 LMS will take the start of the qualifying race from 17th.

The qualifying race will get underway at 12:25 p.m. local time on Saturday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. juneracer

    November 17, 2017 at 7:37 am

    http://www.mstworld.com/results/series/macau/16001/gtc/2017

    timing results and a link to live timing. Macau is +8 UTC

  2. gtgianlu

    November 17, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Before someone talks before knowing,the AMG Gt,is by far the heaviest car,the R8 is 75kg,less,the Gt3R,80kg,the Huracan 60kg,Nsx and 488 50kg,the M6 ‘just’15kg. R8 and Huracan have 38mm restrictors,the Gt3R 41,5,Bmw and Nsx max boost pressures around 2.0 bar,the 488 1.6/1.7. So just a better car,at least at Macau,and very good drivers.Anyway the best eight are inside 1sec

    • gtgianlu

      November 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

      The Amg Gt is 1330kgx2x36mm,sorry

    • ebbandflow

      November 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Your memory is at least not longer than one year… Last year, Maro Engel (who else…) was complaining massively, but it was still the same car.

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