Rossi Earns Fourth Pole in GTSS’s Return To Europe

Matteo Rossi secured his fourth pole position of the season during the qualifying session for the GT Super Series Round of Germany at the Nurburgring.

It leaves the Italian one off of the count for most in a season that is shared by Frank Zimmer in 2o17 and Ricardo Llosa in 2016 at five. He would get clear laps in both of his qualifying runs, and would put his Aston Martin DBR9 three tenths clear of the second fastest qualifier, being championship leader Chris Winter. The American himself would be a further tenth and a half clear of third place qualifier Fabian Rei in his factory Lister Storm.

Behind the Korean driver would be the pair of factory Ferraris, with championship contender Evgeny Restov sharing the second row with Rei. Restov’s time was two tenths off of his main championship rival in Winter and a further three off of the time set by Matteo Rossi. Joining Denis van Walwijk on the third row of the grid is Joey Alliot in the Carson Corvette, completing the lockout of the first three rows by Manufacture Entry cars.

Qualifying seventh and the first of the Independent Class cars was Koyomi Setou on her debut for Best in the World Motorsports in their Lamborghini Murciealago. She was the only Independent driver within one second of the time set by Rossi. Joining the Japanese driver on the fourth row of the grid was Sam Winton driving for his own team.  It was a strong recovery from the Brit after his team scrambled to fix a mechanical issue that plagued his Lister Storm GT on his out lap on the start of the session. His team managed to get his car back on track with five minutes remaining in the session and he put up the second quickest time for an independent on his first flying lap.

Darren Older Jr. returns to the Commonwealth Corvette co-piloted by Independent points leader Valeri Kozar, he starts tenth overall for the race on Sunday in the middle of the second pack of Manufacture entries. In that group is the second Solvalou Lamborghini, both Pagani Zondas and the second Carson Corvette that was qualified by Li Qi.

Qualifying Results – Round of Germany

16MMatteo RossiGulf1:48.468
202MChris WinterSolvalou+0.324
314MFabian ReiGerald Pereria+0.471
428MEvgeny RestovScuderia Italia+0.508
527MDenis van WalwijkScuderia Italia+0.776
663MJoey AlliotCarson+0.924
711IKoyomi SetouBest In The World+0.991
831ISam WintonWinton+1.032
903MMorgan Le FaySolvalou+1.054
1056IDarren Older Jr.Commonwealth+1.087
1164MLi QiCarson+1.092
1225MAnton RobishaudPagani+1.153
1321IGia Van DyckeBelgio+1.240
1424MAmato AgostiniPagani+1.257
1588IHarrison WilkinsonLKM+1.462
162IAkinori KikkawaBoutsen Ginion+1.618
1741MPaul TravesenGerald Pereria+1.643
1855IJames DouglasTom Douglas+1.658
1945IHelena BertinelliEuromotor+1.683
203IMelanie BourneBoutsen Ginion+1.723
2199IDaniel EinfeldtPeople's Republic+1.737
2277INathan ScottMinarae+1.798
2357IIto ShideharaCommonwealth+1.831
2444IDiego VercuisseEuromotor+1.849
25007MJohn MagnusFalken+1.914
26555IAntonio Reyna-SanchezTom Douglas+1.942
2730IPaul JenkinsGlobex Scorpio+2.327
2808IChris WhitingChris Short+2.845
2932IKjeld AxelsenRMR+2.853
3096ISandra YooBest In The World+2.945