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After an average first lap around the infamous Nordschleife, American racer Jeff Westphal took the #704 SCG003C to a lap of 8m15.427s, the biggest surprise of the weekend so far.
"This lap was at the limit," Westphal said. "I had a lot of oversteer in the car. But for us it was about all or nothing today. My first lap was okay already but I had a few corners I knew I could do better."
This earned team boss James Glickenhaus the "Glickenhaus Trophy", an award Glickenhaus himself had brought about in 2016.
"The Nurburgring 24h is like Woodstock," he said. "It's a festival of motorsports. I'm proud that by achieving this pole position our team is now part of the myth."
Westphal beat Connor de Phillippi in the #29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS only by 0.675 seconds.
Robin Frijns in the #9 WRT Audi rounded off the top three, another tenth down on the surprise polesitter.
"Maybe I should have saved my tyres for a second flying lap," de Phillippi said.
Frijns added: "I didn't want to crash so I brought the car home safely. Our starting position is nice but there's a 24h race ahead of us. And we all know a lot can happen during the race."
The #22 WTM Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, the sole car of its make in the 157-strong field and the pacesetter in Friday's second qualifying session, lines up fourth on the grid in front of the #10 WRT Audi.
Reigning champion Maro Engel and the best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Black Falcon will start from seventh, with Sven Muller and the fastest Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey Racing starting from eighth.
The #43 Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, which led Thursday night's first qualifying session in the hands of Augusto Farfus, had to settle for 10th place, nearly three seconds off the pace.
|1||704|| Franck Mailleux |
Felipe Fernandez Laser
|2||29|| Markus Winkelhock |
Connor de Phillippi
Kelvin van der Linde
|Audi R8 LMS||8'16.102||0.675|
|3||9|| Robin Frijns |
|Audi R8 LMS||8'16.174||0.747|
|4||22|| Jochen Krumbach |
|Ferrari 488 GT3||8'16.365||0.938|
|5||10|| René Rast |
|Audi R8 LMS||8'16.937||1.510|
|6||5|| Mike Rockenfeller |
|Audi R8 LMS||8'17.228||1.801|
|7||3|| Maro Engel |
|8||59|| Sven Müller |
|Porsche 911 GT3 R||8'18.110||2.683|
|9||28|| Pierre Kaffer |
Connor de Phillippi
|Audi R8 LMS||8'18.149||2.722|
|10||43|| Antonio Felix da Costa |
|BMW M6 GT3||8'18.335||2.908|
Nurburgring 24h: Farfus takes provisional pole for BMW
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