Ferrari team Iron Lynx finished first and second in qualifying for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, which determined the 20 participants in Friday’s Superpole shootout.
Antonio Fuoco, Daniel Serra and Davide Rigon combined for the best average time of 2:16.920 over three 15-minute sessions, with the No. 71 Ferrari trio beating their teammates Miguel Molina, James Calado and Nicklas Nielsen by 0.178 seconds.
Fuoco set the fastest lap in the first session for the Pro teams, which took place after a 15-minute first run for entries in other categories with lineups of four drivers.
Serra then finished second, 0.134 seconds behind Calado, in the next race, while the No. 71 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 remained at the top of the standings despite Rigon placing three tenths behind Nielsen in the sister car No. 51 during Q4.
Jordan Pepper, Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli provisionally qualified third for Lamborghini squad Orange1 K-PAX Racing with an average of 2:17.237.
Luca Ghiotto, Christopher Haase and Mattia Drudi finished fourth in the best Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II of Audi Sport Team Tresor, which is run by Car Collection.
The top five was completed by the No. 32 Audi Sport Team WRT crew of Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde and Charles Weerts.
Notable entries to miss the Superpole included the Porsche 911 GT3 Rs from KCMG and EMA Motorsport, as well as Aston Martin team The Heart of Racing and McLaren outfit JOTA.
KCMG was unable to set three laps after center driver Nick Tandy encountered a braking problem entering La Source meaning the Hong Kong-based team will start near the back of the 66-car grid.
EMA Motorsport’s Rolex 24 at Daytona class winners Felipe Nasr, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet qualified 22nd, one place behind the BMW Junior Team, the highest-placed car to fail the shootout.
Teammate No. 98 ROWE Racing BMW M4 GT3 finished well within the top 20 in sixth place, ahead of Audi Sport Team Attempto and the factory-supported Mercedes-AMG entries from GetSpeed Performance, Akkodis ASP and GruppeM Racing.
Porsche’s Pro class shootout representatives include Dinamic Motorsport, Toksport WRT and 2019 Spa winner GPX Martini Racing, who placed 19th.
Beechdean AMR’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 also made it, as did Audi Sport Team Sainteloc and three Emil Frey Racing Lamborghinis.
Emil Frey saw both his Pro cars and the No. 14 Silver Cup entry reach the top 20. the no. 30 WRT Audi and the No. 777 Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG were the other Silver contenders to progress, adding a class battle to the Superpole mix.
Pole position for the Gold Cup was determined during Thursday’s qualifying, with Barwell Motorsport taking first place with its Lamborghini in 29th overall.
Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam De Haan, Alex MacDowall and Sandy Mitchell recorded an average time of 2:18.325 to take first pole of the 24 Hours of Spa for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup’s new category.
Barwell narrowly beat class rival Winward Racing, who led the final session courtesy of Lucas Auer who set the second best time, behind only Fuoco.
The number 52 AF Corse Ferrari series of Stefano Costantini, Louis Machiels, Andrea Bertolini and Alessio Rovera led Pro-Am by a clear margin, with seven cars from other categories in between and second-placed Herberth Motorsport-Porsche number 24.
SPS Automotive Performance defeated Walkenhorst Motorsport in the two-car battle for the Bronze Cup pole.
The first and second qualifying session were interrupted by red flags. The first was paused with eight minutes to go when the Porsche 911 Herberth stopped in a compromised position near Pouhon.
The break in the opening moments of Q2 came after Tyler Cooke Leipert Motorsport’s Silver Cup Lamborghini spun into the tire barriers at Raidillon.
RESULTS: Qualification (combined)