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AKKA ASP Mercedes Sweep Misano Qualifying

Nicolas Jamin and Raffaele Marciello secure Blancpain GT Sprint Cup poles at Misano…

Photo: Dirk Bogaerts/SRO

AKKA ASP will start from pole in both of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup races at Misano this weekend after sweeping qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

The French team had its Mercedes-AMG GT3s set the quickest lap times in both of the 20-minute sessions with Nicolas Jamin and Raffaele Marciello setting the pole-winning times.

Jamin will start this evening’s Race 1 from pole in the No. 87 Mercedes he shares with Denis Bulatov, while Marciello will lead the field in Sunday’s Race 2, co-driving the No. 88 Mercedes with Michael Meadows.

Meadows provisionally scored pole for the first race but had his quickest lap time cancelled after the session for track limits abuse. 

This moved fellow AKKA ASP driver Jamin into first with a time of 1:33.961, while also giving the Silver Cup pole to the Frenchman.

Alex Riberas will line up alongside him to start Race 1 from second position in the No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT car while Nico Bastian (AKKA ASP) and Norbert Siedler (Emil Frey Lexus Racing) qualified third and fourth.

Marciello’s best time in Qualifying 2 was a 1:33.212, good enough to put him 0.089 seconds clear of second-placed Franck Perera in the No. 82 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

WRT’s Christopher Mies will start Sunday’s race from third, alongside Mirko Bortolotti.

Sheldon van der Linde took the No. 17 WRT Audi to the Silver Cup pole for Race 2, while Christian Malcharek and Markus Winkelhock secured the Pro-Am poles.

Malcharek’s Audi Sport Slovakia car will head the Pro-Am field in Race 1 while Winkelhock will be out front in the three-car class on Sunday, driving the No. 26 Sainteloc Racing Audi.

Race 1 will get underway at 7:40 p.m. local time and will be streamed live on the series’ website and GT World YouTube channel.

RESULTS: Qualifying 1
RESULTS: Qualifying 2

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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