Matteo Rossi would secure his second pole position of the season for Gulf Racing AMR at the Round of France Qualifying session at Paul Ricard.
The factory Aston Martin driver would be nearly a tenth clear of the fastest car throughout the two practice sessions in the Fabian Rei and Ryota Wong Lister Storm. This pole position comes as a boost to the team after they suffered a heartbreaking retirement from second place at their home round in Silverstone. He would be the only driver to break into the one minute forty-six second barrier in the twenty minute session.
Within the top five would be cars from five different Manufacture’s Trophy teams, with runner up from Silverstone Evgeny Restov sharing the second row with Joey Alliot and Chris Winter rounding out the top five for Racing Team Solvalou. Starting alongside the Solvalou Lamborghini on the third row is Gia van Dycke. The leading Independent Class qualifier also looking to bounce back from a retirement at the RAC Tourist Trophy.
The top nine qualifiers were all within a second of the pole time set by Rossi, with James Douglas being the first driver more than a second out, qualifying tenth and third of the Independents. A further three tenths behind Douglas would be the race winner from last time out in Silverstone in Li Qi, starting thirteenth and nine tenths off the pace set by teammate Joey Alliot. The Chinese driver lead a group of five drivers who all set times that were within half a tenth of a second apart from each other, with Russian Alexi Melvanov sharing the seventh row with Qi putting in a time eight thousandths behind the factory Chevrolet driver.