HRT’s Scholze leads opening session of 24H Spa – Sportscar365


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Haupt Racing Team’s Florian Scholze led the Mercedes-AMG teams 1-2-3 in the opening track session of preparation for this weekend’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa .

Scholze was fastest overall in Tuesday’s three-hour Bronze event with a time of 2:18.290 in the #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo he shares with Arjun Maini, Gabriele Piana and HRT team owner Hubert Haupt.

The German beat Winward Racing driver Jens Liebhauser into first place by a quarter of a second, while Sky-Tempesta Racing’s Jonathan Hui took third place to put a trio of AMGs ahead of the times.

Tuesday afternoon’s session gave bronze-ranked drivers and some silver-ranked drivers a chance to rack up some miles on a less crowded Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

24 cars took part, while a total of 66 GT3s will take part in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli round.

Among the Bronze test participants was ST Racing’s BMW M4 GT3, which makes its debut at Spa in the Silver Cup category. Additionally, only one of Walkenhorst Motorsport’s BMWs completed laps on Tuesday after both were entered on the session entry list.

Liebhauser was the first point guard in the bronze test, but was replaced by Scholze shortly after the one hour mark.

The top three cars all belong to the Gold Cup category, while the top Pro-Am contender finished fourth thanks to a time of 2:18.864 from AF Corse Ferrari driver Louis Machiels.

Ralf Bohn completed the top five for the Porsche Herberth Motorsport team, ahead of Miguel Ramos in the #188 Garage 59 McLaren 720S GT3.

There were two brief red flags during the final hour of racing.

The first, lasting 12 minutes, was caused by a fall in the gravel of Boutsen Racing Audi driver Karim Ojjeh.

The second, which happened just four minutes after the green flags were produced, came after Arnold Robin ran his #33 WRT Audi off the road at Les Combes.

The 66 cars competing in the 24 Hours of Spa are due to take part in the next track session, which is free practice at 10:50 a.m. CEST (4:50 a.m. ET) on Thursday.

Results to follow

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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