Sunday, May 25, 2014

Blancpain Endurance Series: Top 5 in qualfying for Audi at Silverstone

By Tarek Ramchani

Silverstone is hosting the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series this weekend. The Audi Sport customer racing is very well represented, seven R8 LMS ultra cars are entering the event.

The qualfying session held this morning was a positive one for the Audi camp. Two Pro-Cup Audi R8 LMS ultra cars made it into the Top 10 with very small gaps behind the leading cars.

Best ranked Audi was the #26 car from team Sainteloc Racing. The car driven by Stéphane Ortelli, Gregory Guilvert and Edward Sandström qualified in a strong fifth position with a best time of 2:01.439.

The #1 Audi from the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT qualified in ninth place. Laurens Vanthoor, Cesar Ramos and Marc Basseng set a best time of 2:01.980.

The other Audi R8 LMS ultra cars qualified respectevely in twelfth with #3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT (Pro-Cup), twenty-first with #55 Brothers Racing Team (Pro-Cup), thirty-fourth with #22 Team Parker Racing (Gentlemen Trophy), thirty-eight with #4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT (Gentlemen Trophy) and fortieth with #25 Sainteloc Racing (Gentlemen Trophy).

The overall pole position went to the suprising Pro-Am #93 Porsche 997 GT3 R from Pro GT By Almeras. Second was the #98 McLaren MP4-12C from ART Grand Prix. Third another Pro-Am entry, the #80 Nissan GT-R Nismo from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.

The three-hour endurance event will start at 13:55 GMT with a live stream coverage at

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series