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Neubauer Puts Silver Cup Lexus on Misano Race 3 Pole

Silver Cup Lexus driver Thomas Neubauer takes his second overall pole of the wekeend for Race 3…

Photo: Dirk Bogaerts/SRO

Thomas Neubauer scored his second pole of the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup meeting at Misano by topping qualifying for Race 3 this afternoon.

Neubauer, who started from pole in Race 1 yesterday, set a time of 1:31.893 just six minutes into the 20-minute session behind the wheel of Tech 1 Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3.

This was enough to keep the 21-year-old Frenchman on top of the leaderboard for the remainder, while Tomasso Mosca rose to second in the No. 55 Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo with 30 seconds left on the clock.

Mosca came just 0.039 seconds shy of Neubauer’s marker, which acted as the target for the rest of the 21-car field to chip away at throughout the session.

However, nobody managed to beat the time set by the No. 15 Silver Cup class Lexus, which Neubauer is sharing with Aurelien Panis.

Third on the grid for Race 3 will be the No. 25 Sainteloc Racing Audi of Arthur Rougier and Christopher Haase while the No. 32 WRT Audi that won yesterday’s race starts fourth.

Charles Weerts produced a time of 1:32.013 to qualify on the second row, ahead of the two Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos of Giacomo Altoe and Mikael Grenier.

Timur Boguslavskiy was seventh in the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo that is starting Race 2 later this morning from pole position.

Boguslavskiy and Raffaele Marciello’s car will share the fifth row of the grid with the CMR Bentley Continental GT3 of Jules Gounon and Nelson Panciatici, which finished third yesterday.

The field has been reduced down to 21 cars after the second Toksport WRT Mercedes failed to appear in qualifying following an incident at the start of Saturday’s contest.

Toksport had already withdrawn one of its Silver Cup AMGs from the weekend because of a fire during practice.

Race 2 is set to begin at 11:20 a.m. CEST (5:20 a.m. EST) while Race 3, for which Neubauer will start on pole, is scheduled for 3 p.m. CEST (9 a.m. EST). 

RESULTS: Qualifying 3

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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