RN Vision STS and Academy Motorsport will start from pole position in the first two rounds of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup, following a hectic qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
Pavel Lefterov put in a strong performance in the opening 15-minute session to take pole in the No. 112 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR of RN Vision STS, setting a lap time of 1:42.650 around the Misano World Circuit.
The Bulgarian driver will start from pole in Race 1 under the floodlights on Saturday evening, before handing over to John-Louis Jasper midway through the 60-minute opening round.
Duncan Huisman and Luc Braams’ McLaren 570S GT4 run by Las Moras Racing will line up alongside the RN Vision STS car.
The session was ended prematurely with the Sofia Car Motorsport SIN R1 GT4 in the gravel. This came after a brief yellow flag had been called for the No. 71 Scuderia Villorba Corse Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 which had gone off track.
The second 15-minute session, to decide the Race 2 grid order, was a lot more hectic, with running halted by two separate red flags.
Ultimately, Will Moore ended up on top in the No. 62 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, but the disrupted running meant the Academy Motorsport driver’s lap time was over one second slower than Lefterov’s.
Lennart Marioneck and Jonathan Cecotto will start Sunday’s race from second in the RYS Team Kiska KTM X-Bow GT4.
The first red flag was called for the Sofia Car Motorsport SIN which once again found itself in the gravel trap.
The session was brought to a halt once again a few minutes later when the Selitte Racing Team Maserati had a lock-up which sent it into the barrier at high speed.
With less than five minutes on the clock as the session got back underway, most teams were unable to set many flying laps.
Morgan Moulin-Traffort looked set for pole in the CD Sport Porsche but his times were soon deleted as he was found to be one of many drivers with track limits infringements, thus promoting Moore to the top.
Race 1 will take place at 10 p.m. local time Saturday evening.