Round 1 Monza
16 April 2011
Free Practice and Pre Qualifying
Ferrari Lead the Way in First Practice Sessions in Italy
The nr50 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Matt Griffin and Jack Gerber was the fastest car at Monza in the first ever session of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Ireland’s Griffin recorded a time of 1:49.603 in the Pro-Am Cup entry, 0.886s faster than the nearest car, the Pro Cup Class AutOrlando Sport Porsche 997 GT3 R of Paolo Ruberti, Gianluca Roda and Raffaele Gianmaria and a further 0.265 ahead of the Pro-Am Blancpain-Reiter Lamborghini of Peter Kox and Marc A. Hayek.
The fastest car in the GT3 Citation Cup was the Lamborghini of Gregory Guilvert and Georges Cabennes in 18th overall and 5.452 seconds behind the AF Corse Ferrari and 2.3 seconds and 2 places ahead of their nearest class rival, the Sport Garage Ferrari 430 of Philip Shearer, Armande Foulard and Lionel Comole.
The GT4 class was headed by the nr70 Lotus Evora of Eduardo Piscopo, Leo Mansell and Greg Mansell, 0.7 seconds ahead of the RJN Motorsport Nissan 370Z of Jordan Tresson, Chris Ward and Alex Buncombe.
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In the afternoons Pre Qualifying session the Black Bull Swiss Racing Ferrari 430 of Tommaso Maino, Andrea Invernizzi and Mirko Venturi was 0.5 seconds faster than the other 32 cars on track with a time of 1:49.910. The Pro-Am Cup entry finished the 60-minute session ahead of the De Lorenzi Racing Porsche 997 GT3 R of Gianluca De Lorenzi, Alessandro Bonetti and Stefano Borghi. The top Pro Cup Class car was the Hexis AMR Aston Martin DBRS9 of Henri Moser, Giles Vannelet and Frederic Makowiecki in 3rd overall, three hundredths of a second ahead of the Belgian Audi Club Audi R8 of Bert Longin, Stephane Ortelli and Felipe Alburquerque.
The George Cabannes Lamborghini Gallardo was the fastest GT3 Citation Cup entry in 19th overall and the Eduardo Piscopo (Lotus Italia) Lotus Evora was the fastest GT4 entry thanks to a lap of 1:59.771 posted by Greg Mansell.
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Qualifying will take place at 9:40am (CET) tomorrow morning and Round of 1 of the Blancpain Endurance Series will get underway at 2pm. The sessions can be seen live at www.blancpain-endurance-series.com