Qualifying in Spa: BMW starts from fifth and seventh on the GTE Pro grid.
In qualifying for round two of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) in Spa-Francorchamps (BR), BMW Team Schnitzer secured solid grid positions. Augusto Farfus (BR) clocked a personal best time of 2:21.460 minutes at the wheel of BMW M3 GT number 55, finishing fifth in the GTE Pro category.
Andy Priaulx (GB) was on duty in the second BMW M3 GT (no. 56), setting a lap time of 2:22.219 minutes. This put the triple world touring car champion in seventh on the timesheets. Ferrari’s Jaime Melo (BR) claimed pole position, after lapping the “Circuit de s” in 2:20.743 minutes.
The 1,000-kilometre race at the 7.004-kilometre track sees BMW Team Schnitzer make its maiden ILMC appearance this year. At the season opener in Sebring (US), BMW Team RLL flew the flag for BMW and scored an impressive one-two in the GT class. The second round of the ILMC will get underway on Saturday at 14:05hrs local time (13:05hrs BST). Then Farfus will alternate with Jörg Müller (DE) at the wheel of car number 55, while Priaulx will be teaming up with Uwe Alzen (DE).
Charly Lamm (Team Manager): “We only went out with both cars towards the end of the session, as we wanted to make full use of the improved track conditions. Conditions were okay when Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus did their flying laps. In the qualifying session for a six-hour race it’s crucial to place at the front-end of the grid. We achieved this with fifth and seventh respectively. Andy locked his wheels, which cost some time. Augusto’s lap wasn’t perfect either. We still have some room for improvement. Therefore, we are quite satisfied with our first ILMC qualifying of the year.”
Augusto Farfus (Car number 55): “Our package worked well in qualifying. Fifth is a solid grid position. Everyone knows that grid positions don’t have the same importance in endurance races as is the case in sprint races. We are in touch with the front-runners and heading in the right direction, so I’m confident for Saturday’s race.”
Andy Priaulx (Car number 56): “My first lap wasn’t perfect. The second attempt would have been quicker, but then I locked my wheels entering the Bus-Stop chicane and spun. However, the car feels good, and I look forward to an exciting and successful race.”