Schubert Z4 on pole for 12H Hungary 2008
A 90-minutes' qualifying session was held late this afternoon to determine the grid positions for tomorrow's first edition of the 12H Hungary at the Hungaroring. Pole position was taken by the No. 52 Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 M Coupe. Stian Sorlie's lap time of 1:51.439 minutes around the 4.381-kilometres circuit was fast enough to set an average speed of nearly 142 km/h. Sorlie's accomplishment was a bit of an upset as in the earlier practice session, two of the Porsches appeared quicker. However, neither the No. 5 ARC Bratislava 996 nor the similar car of Jetalliance Racing were faster than the BMW when it really mattered.
It was especially welcome for Sorlie as he had rolled his car into the barriers at Nurburgring at his last race. "Yes, that was quite my fault as I went too fast at Hatzenbach," said the young Norwegian driver. "But here I like the undulations of this circuit and it should be good for us."
Slovakian driver Andrej Studenic set the best time for the No. 5 Porsche that will start alongside the BMW. Although he was more than 1.5 seconds slower, he was still optimistic. "Our set-up is now good and we are not worried about being the fastest at the start."
Third will be Austrian veteran, Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer, team owner of the No. 14 Jetalliance Porsche. "We were actually faster earlier in the day so we still have some work to do." Next up is the fastest car in the SP2 class, which contains a variety of high-powered and unusual cars. In this case it was the unique Audi C-R8. Driver Jaap van Lagen noted that the C-R8 had lost some 150 kilos since its last appearance in the TOYO TIRES 24H of Dubai. "However, we have only had about a one-hour test since then and we need more."
The other Schubert Motorsport entry, the No. 99 BMW 120d, was also a pole winner, taking top spot in the all-diesel D1 class. Hungary's Csaba Walter set a time of 2:00.594 minutes, an average of nearly 131 km/h. A bit further back comes the quickest in the A2 class, reserved for the smallest cars in the starting field. The all-Hungarian team of Bovi Motorsport are fastest in A2 with the No. 70 Suzuki Swift.
Following qualifying, teams had one more opportunity to take to the track today, a two-hour session for night practice. They will return in the morning for one last opportunity to practice and then comes the start of the 1st 12H of Hungary at 10:00.