Dominik Baumann set the fastest lap of Free Practice for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season finale at Barcelona as Mercedes-AMG entries placed first, second, third and fourth on Saturday morning.
Baumann put the No. 20 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, which races in the Pro-Am class, at the head of the overall leaderboard with a 1:45.468 effort set 15-minutes into the 90-minute session.
The Austrian driver was backed up by a group of three more Mercedes-AMGs led by the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Pro car piloted by Felipe Fraga.
Baumann beat Fraga’s early benchmark by 0.136 seconds, while Simon Gachet ended up third in the Silver Cup entry from the AKKA-ASP squad.
Marvin Dienst slotted into fourth aboard the Toksport AMG, which is also racing in the Silver category.
The top non-Mercedes was Emil Frey Racing’s No. 114 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, just under seven-tenths off the pace set by Baumann.
Jack Aitken, who is returning to action after a ten-week absence due to injury, initially put the Emil Frey car eighth with a 1:46.425 before his co-driver Arthur Rougier shaved that number down to a 1:46.362.
Rougier slotted ahead of Giacomo Altoe in the sister No. 163 Pro-class Emil Frey Lamborghini, while Dinamic Motorsport’s No. 54 Porsche 911 GT3 R was seventh.
The points-leading N0. 51 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 ranked 30th in the 46-car field, one place behind the guesting BMW M4 GT3 which is running as an Invitational entry. Audi’s 2022-spec R8 LMS GT3 Evo model posted the 20th-best time.
RESULTS: Free Practice