BMW takes provisional pole for 24 Hours of Spa

Mat Coch

Friday 27th July, 2018 - 11:16am

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The #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW

Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW has claimed provisional pole position ahead of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

The BMW squad headed a pair of Audis to take provisional pole in the five-part qualifying session, which booked their spots in Friday’s SuperPole session.

A new qualifying format for the event this year sees the average lap time of all drivers in a car determine the grid during qualifying on Thursday.

The top 20 cars then progress to SuperPole, which finalises the first 10 rows for the 24 hour race.

The Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW trio of Tom Blomqvist, Christian Krognes, and Philipp Eng set an averaged best of 2:19.988s.

It proved just over three tenths quicker than the Markus Winkelhock, Frederic Vervisch, and Christopher Haase driven Audi Sport Team Saintloc entry.

New Zealander Earl Bamber will take part in SuperPole after the KUS Team75 Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3 R he’s sharing with Timo Bernhard and Laurens Vanthoor finished up eighth fastest.

Kenny Habul, the only Australian in the race, ended qualifying 30th in the 62 car field, the second fastest Pro-Am Cup entry.

SuperPole is set to take place at 0310 AEST on Saturday morning ahead of the race beginning in the early hours of Sunday morning (0030 AEST), with a livestream available throughout the race on Speedcafe.com.

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