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Juncadella scores Silverstone pole for AKKA ASP Mercedes

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Juncadella scores Silverstone pole for AKKA ASP Mercedes
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Former DTM driver Daniel Juncadella claimed pole position for Mercedes ahead of today's Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

The Spaniard took the top spot aboard his Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a 1m59.072s on his second run during the final 15-minute period of qualifying.

That vaulted him ahead of Mirko Bortolotti's Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3, which ended up just over two tenths behind in second position on a 1m59.506s.

Juncadella said: "The car is great to drive in the high-speed corners, very close to a DTM car, and that's why it felt so good.

"My first lap wasn't perfect, so we changed out strategy [to make another run] because pole should be important here - it's difficult to overtake in our car because we are missing a bit of straightline speed."

Third place went to HTP Mercedes driver Franck Perera, whose 1m59.506s was a further two tenths back, while Davide Rigon posted a 1m59.535s to end up fourth in his SMP Racing Ferrari 488 GTE.

Jules Gounon headed the times initially in the best of ASP's Pro-Am entries and ended up with fifth position and the class pole courtesy of a 1m59.541s lap.

Ferrari GT works driver Alessandro Pier Guidi, who took pole at Monza last month, claimed sixth position for AF Corse.

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