Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blancpain Sprint Series: Laurens Vanthoor gives Audi a great pole position in Slovakia Ring

By Tarek Ramchani

A great Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying session for the Audi brand at the demanding Slovakia Ring. A fine pole position and no less than three cars within the first four positions.

Laurens Vanthoor took a sensational pole position after a thrilling Q3 qualifying session at the Slovakian track. The Audi factory driver was the fastest behind the wheels of the #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

The recent winner of the Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and Blancpain Endurance Series leader set a best time of 1:58.187. The Belgian GT ace finished ahead of Lamborghini's Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Phoenix Racing performed very well too. Markus Winkelhock driving the #6 Audi R8 LMS ultra was third fastest with a best time of 1:58:870. René Rast driving the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT was right behind in fourth place. The other three Audis qualified outside the Top 10.

Slovakia Ring qualifying results (Q3) can be seen here.

The qualifying race will follow at 14:45 GMT with a live stream coverage at

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series