George and Knap share pole positions at Circuit Paul Ricard
1 June 2019
Matthew George and Simon Knap secured the pole positions for the GT4 European Series races at Circuit Paul Ricard in qualifying this morning. Simon Knap's laptime in the second session was the fastest time of the weekend.
Generation AMR SuperRacing driver Matthew George scored a pole position for the fifth race of the 2019 GT4 European Series, which will take place later this afternoon.
On his team’s first outing with the new Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 the British driver was the fastest driver at the end of the first 20-minute session, in which provisional pole swapped changed hands repeatedly.
Halfway through the first qualifying session Ricardo van der Ende’s Ekris Motorsport M4 GT4 was on provisional overall pole, but on his sixth lap Matthew George demoted Van der Ende to second by putting in a 2:12.193.
That time was good enough to claim pole position overall and in Pro-Am, whilst Van der Ende’s time earned him the pole in the Silver Cup.
Of the drivers in the top five, only Mads Siljehaug improved on his final attempt, putting his Valvoline - True Racing KTM X-Bow GT4 in fourth, just behind Alec Udell’s MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.
Florian Thoma (PROsport Performance) was fifth fastest overall, followed by Patric Niederhauser (True Racing) and Lluc Ibanez (NM Racing Team). Second in Pro-Am was Nicolas Schöll in the Allied Racing Porsche, just ahead of Max Busnelli in the Centre Porsche Ticino Porsche.
In the AM class it was David Loger who notched another pole position in the Alpine A110 GT4. He beat Maciej Marcinkiewicz in the eSky WP Racing Maserati and Michael Blanchemain in the IMSA Performance Audi.
Matthew George, #44 Generation AMR SuperRacing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4: “First weekend with the new car, we’ve been trying a lot of things and I hadn’t done a huge amount in the car. We kind of all pulled it together. We actually made a complete new setup for qualifying, one we hadn’t even tried before. But it worked, so really happy!”
In Qualifying 2 it was more of the same with lap times dropping and provisional pole changing hands several times.
Ten minutes into the session Jan Kisiel put his Leipert Motorsport Mercedes on provisional pole, but one minute later MDM Motorsport driver Simon Knap successfully improved his time, edging Kisiel by four-tenths of a second.
True Racing’s Reinhard Kofler claimed third overall - and in the Silver Cup - with Equipe Verschuur driver Benjamin Lessennes completing the second row of the grid. Euan McKay was fifth fastest in the Ekris M4 GT4.
The W&D Racing Team BMW of Paolo Meloni scored the Pro-Am pole for tomorrow’s race, finishing the second session fifth overall. Marius Zug qualified his RN Vision STS BMW second in class, ahead of Cem Bolukbasi in the Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW.
Clement Seyler put the Street Art Racing Aston Martin on pole for race 2. Dominik Olbert in the razoon - more than racing KTM was second fastest, followed by Lukas Kreski in the Maserati.
Simon Knap, #25 MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4: “No lap is perfect, but this one was pretty close. It turned out to be enough. We’re really happy with this pole. It’s really nice after the first two attempts.”