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Götz Leads Mercedes-AMG Sweep in Super Pole at Spa

Mercedes dominates Super Pole for 24H Spa…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport will start tomorrow’s Total 24 Hours of Spa from the overall pole, with Maxi Götz leading an impressive Mercedes-AMG sweep of the top six positions in Friday’s Super Pole at Spa-Francorchamps.

The German DTM driver, who was second quickest last night in the No. 86 Mercedes-AMG GT3, put in his quickest time on his second lap while the final sector was under yellow for the stranded No. 58 Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3 of Shane Van Gisbergen.

His time is currently under investigation.

Götz reeled off a best lap of 2:17.651, smashing last year’s pole time by almost half a second and keeping the sister No. 85 HTP Mercedes of Clemens Schmid 0.374s behind.

Felix Rosenqvist’s No. 88 AMG-Team AKKA ASP Mercedes was third quickest, ahead of the No. 00 AMG-Team Black Falcon Mercedes of Maro Engel and the No. 84 HTP Mercedes of Maxi Buhk in fifth.

Dani Juncadella claimed pole in the Pro-Am Cup with the No. 56 Black Falcon AMG GT3, completing the 1-2-3-4-5-6 for Mercedes.

Audi was best of the rest, with Laurens Vanthoor qualifying the No. 28 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 in seventh, 0.854s off the pace, followed by Franck Perera’s No. 74 Pro Am Cup-entered ISR Audi.

The No. 16 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Mirko Bortolotti and No. 8 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 of Maxime Soulet completed the top-10.

Yesterday evening’s pace-setting Garage 59 McLaren ran into mechanical troubles on its first flying lap and wasn’t able to put in a time. Shane van Gisbergen was stranded on the side of the track, as Götz drove by.

Nicola Cadei already secured class pole in the Am Cup during night qualifying, with the No. 888 Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia set to start 35th overall.

Several cars are still under investigation for exceeding track limits.

The Total 24 Hours of Spa gets underway Saturday at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.


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