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Blancpain – Calado seals pole in a close battle for Spa 24 Hours

The #55 Kaspersky Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 from pole position for the 2017 Spa 24 Hours, after James Calado clinched the first spot by just six hundredths of a second, from Mirko Bortolotti in the #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan.

After Thursday’s qualification, the twenty fastest cars proceeded through to a Friday evening ‘Superpole’ qualifying session. This was a 30 minutes affair, and this coupled with little traffic, added up to an electrifying battle for the starting order, with the whole 20 cars covered by just one second after the chequered flag.

The Ferrari completed a lap time of 2.17.390, with the best the Huracan could manage being a 2.17.447, for an all Italian front row. Third is the Audi Sport Team WRT R8 of Frederic Vervisch, who’s fastest time was two and a half tenths off pole with a 2.17.630.

Former Audi man Laurens Vanthoor, racing in his home event, in the Team75 Porsche #117 nearly pipped the Audi in front, with a 2.17.674.

The Mercedes, which had dominated qualifying in dubious circumstances in 2016, could only manage a best grid spot of 7th, with Franck Perera in the HTP Motorsport AMG #84, nearly half a second off pole.

In Pro-Am, the #97 Aston Martin of Jonny Adam scored the class pole with fifth place, however was demoted two positions after the session for running outside of its allocated time slot.

Last years winner Philipp Eng starts from just outside the top-10, in 11th, in the #99 Rowe BMW, with the white M6 unable to get below the 2.18 second barrier.

The race starts tomorrow, at 16:30 CET (15:30 GMT). Fan information for following the race can be found here (http://www.jongraingeronmotorsport.com/blancpain-spa-24-hours-fan-information/)

Full qualifying order-

 

 

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