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Klien Pips Mailleux in Red Bull Ring Second Practice

Christian Klien fastest in practice two at the Red Bull Ring…

Photo: ELMS/Adrenal

Photo: ELMS/Adrenal

Newblood by Morand Racing’s Christian Klein topped the time charts in Saturday’s second free practice session at the Red Bull Ring.

The No. 43 Morgan Judd, driven in Austria by Klien, Gary Hirsch and Pierre Ragues, set the fastest time just a couple of minute from the end of the 90-minute session, with Klien lapping the track in 1:24.145.

Race Performance driver Frank Maileux was just 0.008s adrift in the No. 34 Oreca Judd, with the No. 46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan of Pierre Thiriet, Ludovic Badey and Tristan Gommendy taking third place, 0.064s behind Mailleux.

In GTE it was Andrea Bertolini in the No. 72 SMP Racing Ferrari in first place, completing his fastest lap around the Red Bull Ring in 1:29.746. Matt Griffin was second fastest in the No. 55 AF Corse Ferrari he shares with Duncan Cameron and Michele Rugolo. Pierre Kaffer was third fastest in GTE.

GTC was an all-Russian affair at the front, with the No. 71 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 setting the fastest time in the category. Kirill Ladygin was the quickest driver in 1:31.665, ending the session 0.223s ahead of the Team Russia by Barwell BMW Z4 GT3.

RESULTS: Practice 2

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