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ARTA NSX-GT ROOKIE FUKUZUMI TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT SUPER GT POLE POSITION

The qualifying for the FUJIMAKI GROUP SUZUKA GT 300km RACE, Round 6 of the 2020 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series took place at Suzuka circuit in Mie Prefecture on October 24 (Sat). In the GT500 class, Fukuzumi drove the No. 8 ARTA NSX-GT (Tomoki Nojiri/Nirei Fukuzumi) to take his second straight pole position. In the GT300 class, Sakaguchi drove the No. 96 K-tunes RC F GT3 (Morio Nitta/Sena Sakaguchi) to win pole position. These two cars will start at the front of their respective classes in tomorrow’s race starting at 1:00 in the afternoon.

RATON RACING SNATCHES AM CLASS POLE POSITION FOR THE 24 HOURS OF SPA

Team Raton Racing will start today the 24 Hours of Spa from the Am pole position. Making its return to the International GT in the most spectacular and prestigious race, the squad of Roberto Tanca has secured top spot of its class on Thursday’s qualifying with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo of regular drivers Stefano Costantini and Christoph Lenz, shared with Michael Petit and Silver racer Lucas Mauron.

BEST PORSCHE 911 GT3 R STARTS THE 24 HOURS OF SPA FROM POSITION SIX

Porsche customer teams have secured solid starting positions for the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In the Super Pole, a shootout over two flying laps of the 20 fastest cars from the qualifying, the Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining was fastest at the wheel of a 911 GT3 R. The 22-year-old Austrian lapped the 7.004-kilometre Ardennes circuit in 2:32.990 minutes and takes up tomorrow’s race from the sixth grid spot in the No. 40 vehicle of GPX Racing. Preining shares the cockpit of the 500+hp GT3 racer with the French works driver Romain Dumas and Louis Delétraz from Belgium.

THIRD WIN GIVES GILARDONI THE LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT SPA

 Oregon Team’s Kevin Gilardoni recorded his third straight Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe victory to move into the lead of the points standings after an action-packed opening race at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian circuit offered up thrills and spills throughout the 50-minute encounter, with the pole-sitting #7 GSM Racing Lamborghini Huracán of Jonathan Cecotto – shared with Patrick Liddy – led the first stint with relative ease.

GRT GRASSER RACING TEAM OUTLINE PLANS FOR 2021: EIGHT LAMBORGHINI HURICAN GT3 EVOs TO COMPETE WORLDWIDE

The 2020 motorsports season is fast approaching its climax for the GRT Grasser Racing Team. In the ADAC GT Masters, the Austrian outfit has three Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVOs in contention for both the team and the Junior titles. And in November, the IMSA team GRT Magnus will be going all out to defend its title in the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring as round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.

K-PAX RACING FORCED TO SIDELINE No. 9 ENTRY FOR REMAINDER OF THURSDAY SESSIONS AT SPA

K-PAX Racing, which has quickly shown its speed in its first laps around the Total 24 Hours of Spa circuit, has momentarily shifted its focus leading into one of the year’s most anticipated races to making repairs on one of its two Bentley Continental GT3 entries. The No. 9, piloted by Álvaro Parente, Andy Soucek and Rodrigo Baptista, will undergo an engine change following pre-qualifying, sidelining the car for Thursday afternoon’s qualifying sessions, as well as the evening practice.

A START ACCORDING TO PLAN FOR MERCEDES-AMG AT THE SPA 24-HOURS

On Thursday morning, action for the Total 24 Hours of Spa got underway with a good performance by Mercedes-AMG. In first free practice, three Mercedes-AMG GT3s ended up in the top ten. Maro Engel (GER) of the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry posted the third-fastest time in the GT3 field of 56 cars. In total, ten GT3s from Affalterbach will be participating at the circuit in the Ardennes and will be competing for the outright win as well as success in the Pro-Am and Silver classes in the next three days. Seven teams are running the cars, all of them excellently prepared and highly motivated for the endurance racing classic with their 36 drivers in total. Like in the Nürburgring 24-hour race, the efforts of the Mercedes-AMG Performance teams at Spa-Francorchamps will again benefit the ‘Passion for Good’ initiative by the Laureus Sport for Good foundation.

OREGON TEAM AIMS AT LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO EUROPE TOP SPOT AT SPA

Two weeks after ending the round at the Circuit of Montmeló with a double victory, Oregon Team is set for the Spa-Francorchamps campaing. In Spain the Italian squad claimed its first success in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe with the Dorian Boccolacci and Kevin Gilardoni duo, who moved up to second in the Pro drivers’ standings following their first podium finish of the season at the Nürburgring, last September. 

THREE BMW M6 GT3s IN ACTION AT THE 24 HOURS OF SPA

Roughly four weeks after the highly-acclaimed victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER), the BMW M6 GT3 is now set for the second major endurance highlight of the season this weekend: the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). Walkenhorst Motorsport travels to Belgium with bags of confidence, following the one-two at the 8 Hours of Indianapolis (USA). After winning the Spa classic in 2018, the team now has its sights set firmly on another podium finish. A host of top-class GT drivers will be at the wheel of the two cars. In the Pro-Am class, the Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3, sporting a design by artist Peter Halley, promises to be a real eye-catcher.

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