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Molina Leads Night Practice After Sky Merc Times Deleted

Miguel Molina puts Iron Lynx top after Loris Spinelli flyer gets deleted for track limits…

Photo: SRO/Jules Beaumont

Miguel Molina led the way for Iron Lynx in the night practice session for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa after a series of fast laps from Loris Spinelli were deleted for repeated track limit violations.

Molina posted a best lap of 2:18.718 behind the wheel of the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020, but initially sat behind the No. 93 Sky-Tempesta Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo driven by Spinelli.

The Italian held the top spot in the session for a significant portion of the session after posting a 2:18.677 aboard the Gold Cup-entered car that is run by HRT.

However, the Sky-Tempesta squad had all of its lap times removed after repeated track limit violations, dropping it towards the bottom of the order.

According to the event regulations, a third infraction, given for a further violation after a black and white warning flag, results in the deletion of all lap times prior to and including the time of the infraction.

Kelvin van der Linde ended the session second aboard the No. 32 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, 0.058 seconds behind Molina.

Audi runners occupied the majority of the top three, with Ricardo Feller third for Audi Sport Team Attempto ahead of Davide Rigon, fourth aboard the No. 71 Iron Lynx Ferrari with a late flying lap.

Lucas Legeret took fifth for Audi Sport Team Sainteloc car, ahead of Marco Mapelli in the Orange1 K-Pax Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo with the No. 5 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Arjun Maini seventh.

Maximilian Buhk came eighth in the AMG Team GruppeM Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, leading the KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R of Dennis Olsen in ninth place.

The top ten was rounded out by Alessio Picariello in the No. 24 Herbert Motorsport Porsche, which led the Pro-Am Cup field.

The 90-minute session was carried out under full green flag conditions, with no red flag stoppages.

Track action at Spa continues with the Superpole session, held on Friday at 7 p.m. CEST (1 p.m. ET).

RESULTS: Night Practice

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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