Nurburgring 24h: Marciello tops first qualifying for Mercedes

Mercedes driver Raffaele Marciello posted the fastest time in the first qualifying session for the 47th edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours. 

Nurburgring 24h: Marciello tops first qualifying for Mercedes

After a free practice session on Thursday afternoon cut short by barrier repairs and severe rainfall, most of the field got their first representative running of race week in first qualifying, and for most of the session the pace was set by Mercedes drivers. 

With just over half an hour left, Marciello posted what turned out to be the fastest time of 8m24.801s in the #48 Team HTP Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Christian Hohenadel, Lance David Arnold and Maximilian Gotz.

Other competitors didn’t have the chance to post faster times in the remainder of the session because of an incident between two slower cars and a lengthy slow zone.

Rene Rast was the fastest of the Audis in second place after a poor start to the session. The former DTM champion was in the end just 0.211s slower than Marciello at the wheel of the #14 Car Collection Motorsport R8 LMS.

Nico Bastian did the fastest time in the third-placed #6 Black Falcon Mercedes, 0.544s off the pace, with the best of the Manthey Racing Porsches, the #911, in fourth. ROWE Racing's #98 M6 GT3 headed the BMW assault in fifth.

The #2 Black Falcon Mercedes of Maro Engel was sixth-fastest, marginally faster than Nicky Catsburg in the #99 ROWE Racing BMW.

Jan Seyffarth was the fastest of the drivers in the #16 GetSpeed Mercedes and finished in eighth place, while the Ring Police Porsche 911 and the #101 Walkenhorst BMW completed the top 10.

Thursday night qualifying was the first of two sessions to determine the field for Top-Qualifying, with a new system in place to determine the 36-car field for the Friday evening pole shootout.

Seventeen cars have already been granted an entry, while the rest of the GT3 cars will be judged with the use of theoretical lap times, taken from the best individual sector times during qualifying.

Session results (top 10):

Pos. # Drivers Car Time Gap
1 48 Germany Christian Hohenadel 
Germany Lance David Arnold
Italy Raffaele Marciello 
Germany Maximilian Gotz 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'24.801  
2 14 Germany Markus Winkelhock 
Germany Christopher Haase 
Switzerland Marcel Fassler 
Germany Rene Rast 
Audi R8 LMS 8'25.012 0.211
3 6 Germany Patrick Assenheimer 
Germany Nico Bastian 
Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 
Italy Gabriele Piana 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'25.345 0.544
4 911 New Zealand Earl Bamber 
Denmark Michael Christensen 
France Kevin Estre 
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor 
Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 II) 8'28.054 3.253
5 98 Austria Philipp Eng 
United States Connor de Phillippi 
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 
Denmark Mikkel Jensen 
BMW M6 GT3 8'28.414 3.613
6 2 United Kingdom Adam Christodoulou 
Germany Maro Engel 
Germany Manuel Metzger 
Germany Dirk Muller 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'29.017 4.216
7 99 Netherlands Nicky Catsburg 
Germany Marco Wittmann 
Finland Jesse Krohn 
United States John Edwards 
BMW M6 GT3 8'29.545 4.744
8 16 Netherlands Renger van der Zande 
France Tristan Vautier 
Germany Jan Seyffarth 
Germany Kenneth Heyer 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 8'29.835 5.034
9 8 Germany Jan-Erik Slooten 
Germany Lucas Luhr 
Germany Adrien de Leener
Luxembourg Steve Jans 
Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 II) 8'30.859 6.058
10 101 Germany Christian Krognes 
United Kingdom David Pittard 
Spain Lucas Ordonez 
United Kingdom Nick Yelloly 
BMW M6 GT3 8'31.255 6.454
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