Ekris Motorsport sweeps Nürburgring qualifying
31 August 2019
Ekris Motorsport’s Euan McKay and Ricardo van der Ende claimed the pole positions for the final GT4 European Series round at the Nürburgring.
Ekris Motorsport beats RN Vision STS to race 1 pole position
McKay secured pole position for today’s opening race by setting a best time of 2m05.055s. This put the #8 Ekris M4 GT4 just 0.018s clear of the #111 RN Vision STS BMW of Marius Zug, who claimed pole in the Pro-Am class.
The #66 Bullitt Racing Mercedes of Romain Monti was third fastest, ahead of Patric Niederhauser in the #16 True Racing KTM. The #1 Phoenix Racing Audi of Cedric Freiburghaus and #18 PROsport Performance Aston Martin of Akhil Rabindra were fifth and sixth.
First of the Silver Cup title contenders was Daniel McKay in the #14 Equipe Verschuur McLaren. McKay qualified his car in seventh place, while Max Koebolt qualified the championship-leading #4 Leipert Motorsport Mercedes in tenth place. Simon Knap was 11th for MDM Motorsport.
The Pro-Am championship-leading #4 Leipert Motorsport Mercedes finished qualifying 13th in class, with Luci Trefz taking third in class behind Zug and the #718 Centri Porsche Ticino Porsche of Ivan Jacoma - who qualified eighth overall. The drivers were close to each other in Q1, with Trefz’ fastest time just 0.756s of the overall pole time.
Dominik Olbert qualified the #99 razoon - more than racing KTM on Am pole on its return to the series. He beat Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes drivers Jean-Luc Behets and Bob Herber. Behind the two Selleslagh cars it was championship leader Pascal Bachmann in fourth place.
Fastest time of the weekend for Van der Ende in Q2
In qualifying two Ricardo van der Ende claimed his third Nürburgring pole in as many years. On his first flying lap, the Dutchman lapped the 5.1 km German track in 2m03.922.
RN Vision STS’ Gabriele Piana qualified his BMW in second place, at 0.299s from the overall pole time. Benjamin Lessennes qualified the Equipe Verschuur McLaren in third, at 0.548s. Behind the Belgian driver, MDM Motorsport’s Alec Udell edged out PROsport driver David Griessner by 0.021s to take fourth on the grid.
Reinhard Kofler (True Racing KTM), Mike David Ortmann (PROsport Aston Martin), Nicolaj Møller-Madsen (Phoenix Racing Audi) and Mark van der Aa (MDM Motorsport) completed the Silver Cup top eight.
Problems for Jan Kisiel in the championship-leading Leipert Motorsport Mercedes resulted in the Polish driver finishing the second qualifying session in 13th place overall and tenth in class.
Dominik Schraml was second fastest behind Gabriele Piana in Pro-Am. The Schwede Motorsport drier beat fellow Mercedes driver Marcus Paverud, with Allied-Racing’s Nicolas Schöll taking fourth in the ten car strong Pro-Am field.
Clement Seyler will start the final race of the season from pole in the Am category, with Johan Vannerum’s second place a perfect starting position for his battle to claim third in the championship. David Dermont qualified third in class.
Euan McKay, #8 Ekris Motorsport Ekris M4 GT4: "This is really good. We were a bit unlucky with yellow flags on the second lap, so I had to cool down and push again on my third lap. The car is great and the guys at Ekris have done a great job, so really happy to bring it home for them."
Ricardo van der Ende, #8 Ekris Motorsport Ekris M4 GT4: "I'm over the moon. Three years in a row that we're on pole here. This one was on the edge. I knew it was possible, as Euan also qualified on pole. I took a lot of risk, it was great. We had a lot of bad luck this year and to take two poles is great for the Ekris team."
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