SRT Zolder 24H qualifying notes

SRT clinch a third consecutive pole in the 24 Hours! ZOLDER. For the third year in a row the Williams-Corvette will be on pole position for the upcoming 24 Hours of Zolder. It was the promising young Belgian Maxime Soulet who in a...

SRT clinch a third consecutive pole in the 24 Hours!

ZOLDER. For the third year in a row the Williams-Corvette will be on pole position for the upcoming 24 Hours of Zolder. It was the promising young Belgian Maxime Soulet who in a final effort snatched the pole for the SRT team. Patrick Selleslag's team will once again be in the limelight for this 24 Hours event on Saturday afternoon. The foursome comprised of Tom Cloet / Marc Duez / David Hart / Maxime Soulet experienced a flawless run-up to the Mediagroep Van Dyck Belcar Original major event of the season. .

For a while it seemed as though Wednesday's qualifying sessions would be decisive for the grid set-up. It remained dry and it was therefore of major importance to register a good lap time as soon as possible. Marc Duez initially clocked up a second best time and somewhat later during the session Maxime Soulet improved on the time, without however removing GLPK from the pole spot. A final time of 1.30.696 therefore meant a second best time.

On Thursday afternoon Maxime once again showed his prowess. He lapped the circuit in 1.29.031; and with that clinched pole position for the 24 Hours of Zolder.

"I am really delighted with my team's performance and more especially with our promising young talent Maxime Soulet. Maxime has shown great maturity and has adapted to the GT1 faster than lightning. We mustn't forget that this is only his third endurance race and his second at the wheel of a powerful GT1. If he carries on in the GT world I reckon that a great future could await him", Patrick Selleslagh told us after the session.

But the other drivers also proved their worth. David Hart and Marc Duez took care of the set-up, indispensable for the qualifying sessions. And Tom Cloet was allocated sufficient driving time in order to accustom himself to the Corvette C5-R. "Perhaps I'm still somewhat overcautious, however in the context of an endurance competition it can't do any harm; obviously I'll have to find the right rhythm which blends with that of the team. For the rest all I can say is that this is a wonderful experience within a well organised team. I've now got to grasp the trust placed in me and in the light of this performance I mustn't lag behind. The main task now is to cash in on this pole position and to take the chequered flag on Sunday around five o'clock in first place."

The race starts on Saturday at 17:00hrs and can be followed live on Kanaal 2.

-credit: srt

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Series Road racing
Drivers David Hart , Marc Duez , Maxime Soulet , Tom Cloet
Teams Williams