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Schiller Leads AMG-Dominated 24H Spa Prologue

Mercedes-AMG teams dominate as two-day Prologue ahead of 24H Spa wraps up…

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Fabian Schiller set the fastest time across two days of running for the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa Prologue, spearheading a top-five lockout for Mercedes-AMG.

The German steered the No. 2 Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to a best lap of 2:17.405, outpacing the No. 48 Mercedes-AMG Team Winward entry of Maro Engel by 0.150 seconds.

Running for the Prologue event, which served as preparation for the Centenary edition of the Belgian endurance classic next month, took place across four sessions spread over Tuesday and Wednesday.

Most of the fastest times in the overall top ten came during the fourth and final session on Wednesday afternoon.

GetSpeed, meanwhile, swept both sessions during the second day of running, with Jules Gounon going quickest in the morning with a 2:17.965.

While the Andorran’s effort was later improved on by co-driver Schiller, it still would have been quick enough for a spot in the top five that was entirely comprised of Mercedes-AMG squads.

Winward Racing’s Silver Cup entry ended the Prologue third overall and fastest in class, with Colin Caresani reeling off a 2:17.739 aboard the No. 57 car.

The Dutchman went narrowly quicker than the 2:17.973 posted by the No. 888 Triple Eight JMR Mercedes-AMG in the hands of Alexander Sims.

Martin Kodric completed the top five aboard the No. 60 2 Seas Motorsport car that was quickest in Gold Cup.

Team WRT went quickest on the opening day of running, with Sheldon van der Linde’s fastest time of 2:18.091 aboard the No. 32 BMW M4 GT3 good for sixth in the overall standings.

The South African, along with team principal Vincent Vosse, then traveled from Spa to Paris to attend the unveiling of the BMW M Hybrid V8 Art Car that he will drive in next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Roee Meyuhas went seventh fastest and second on Silver Cup for Boutsen VDS, just ahead of the No. 77 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes-AMG of Jusuf Owega.

Bronze Cup was led by the No. 74 Kessel Racing Ferrari 296 GT3 in the hands of Chandler Hull in ninth, while Ricardo Feller rounded out the overall top ten aboard the No. 99 Tresor Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.

RESULTS: Session 1/Session 2/Session 3/Session 4

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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