Nurburgring 24h: Farfus takes provisional pole for BMW

BMW works driver Augusto Farfus set the fastest time in the first qualifying session for the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours, claiming provisional pole for the #43 Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

Nurburgring 24h: Farfus takes provisional pole for BMW

With a final effort of 8m22.307s, DTM regular Farfus managed to beat the #38 Abt Sportsline Bentley Continental GT3 of Christian Mamerow by 0.948s.

However, with another qualifying session and the top-30 shootout to follow on Friday, Farfus remains realistic about what has been achieved in Thursday's first qualifying session.

"It doesn't count for much, really. We managed provisional pole-position with our #43 car which is okay for the moment. However, we need to make sure to get the car into the top 30 qualifying shootout in order to be able to fight for pole-position," Farfus said.

The Brazilian is scheduled to drive both the #43 and the sister #42 Schnitzer car, which was classified in third, 1.5s down on the overall pace-setting M6.

Kelvin van der Linde was fourth-fastest in the #29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS, while Daniel Keilwitz made it four different marques in the top five in the #22 WTM Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.

Reigning champion squad Black Falcon Racing was sixth, with Manuel Metzger ending up 2.762s off the pace in the #1 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Times are expected to drop dramatically during Friday's second qualifying session which will take place in the morning and on a much cleaner track.

During the first qualifying session, drivers repeatedly complained about dirt on the racing line, traffic and people still trying to find their way around the treacherous Nordschleife.

Top 10 qualifying results:

1 43 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
brazil Augusto Farfus 
germany Timo Scheider 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
BMW M6 GT3 8'22.307  
2 38 south_africa  Jordan Pepper 
germany Christer Jöns 
germany Christian Mamerow 
Bentley Continental GT3 8'23.255 0.948
3 42 brazil Augusto Farfus 
germany Marco Wittmann 
united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist 
germany Martin Tomczyk 
BMW M6 GT3 8'23.872 1.565
4 29 germany Markus Winkelhock 
united_states Connor de Phillippi 
germany Christopher Mies 
south_africa Kelvin van der Linde 
Audi R8 LMS 8'24.601 2.294
5 22  Jochen Krumbach 
germany Daniel Keilwitz 
germany Georg Weiss 
germany Oliver Kainz 
Ferrari 488 GT3 8'24.737 2.430
6 1 germany Maro Engel 
united_kingdom Adam Christodoulou 
 Yelmer Buurman 
germany Manuel Metzger 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'25.069 2.762
7 99 belgium Maxime Martin 
germany Marc Basseng 
austria Philipp Eng 
united_kingdom Alexander Sims 
BMW M6 GT3 8'25.128 2.821
8 12 germany Robert Renauer 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Otto Klohs 
france Mathieu Jaminet 
Porsche 911 GT3 R 8'25.131 2.824
9 5 germany Mike Rockenfeller 
germany Frank Stippler 
denmark Nicolaj Madsen 
germany Dennis Busch 
Audi R8 LMS 8'25.566 3.259
10 911 france Romain Dumas 
austria Richard Lietz 
france Patrick Pilet 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 GT3 R 8'26.234 3.927
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