Nissan JR Motorsport pairing Richard Westbrook and Peter Dumbreck emerged triumphant in an extremely tight battle in pre-qualifying which saw the top four separated by less than one tenth of a second.
The No 37 All-Inkl Lamborghini of Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli had held top spot after 30 minutes of running, but were demoted at the halfway stage as the Nissan of Westbrook and Dumbreck made its charge - edging out the Lamborghini by just 0.038s.
Basseng and Winkelhock then came under pressure from the No 41 Marc VDS Ford GT of Maxime Martin and Frederic Makowiecki, breaking into the top three for the first time this weekend. Martin fell agonisingly short however, finishing little more than three thousandths of a second down the road in third.
All-Inkl's second Lamborghini, piloted by Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, then completed an extraordinarily close top four as they recorded a 1:52.858s best - meaning eight hundredths of a second covered the first four runners.
The No 8 Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner, pacesetters in free practice, finished fifth fastest ahead of Corvette Exim Bank Team China, meaning all five marques were represented in the top six finishers.
There was bad news for the no 40 Ford GT Marc VDS of Bas Leinders and Marc Hennerici, which was unable to complete a lap after the team opted to change the engine following free practice. Aston Martin's No 4 Hexis car was also unable to register a lap during the 80 minutes.
Info: FIA GT1 World Championship/.Acreditated and Autorized Media Press.
|1||22||GT1||Peter Dumbreck / Richard Westbrook||Nissan GT-R||01:52.777||24||70|
|2||37||GT1||Nicky Pastorelli / Dominik Schwager||Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S||01:52.815||21||0.038||71|
|3||41||GT1||Maxime Martin / Frederic Makowiecki||Ford GT Matech||01:52.846||27||0.069||71|
|4||38||GT1||Markus Winkelhock / Marc Basseng||Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S||01:52.858||25||0.081||70|
|5||8||GT1||Stefan Mücke / Darren Turner||Aston Martin DB9||01:53.082||16||0.305||70|
|6||11||GT1||Mike Hezemans / Nicky Catsburg||Corvette Z06||01:53.170||19||0.393||69|
|7||7||GT1||Alex Müller / Tomas Enge||Aston Martin DB9||01:53.308||18||0.531||70|
|8||20||GT1||Enrique Bernoldi / Ricardo Zonta||Nissan GT-R||01:53.373||23||0.596||69|
|9||23||GT1||Lucas Luhr / Michael Krumm||Nissan GT-R||01:53.585||28||0.808||71|
|10||5||GT1||Karl Wendlinger / Peter Kox||Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S||01:53.668||24||0.891||70|
|11||21||GT1||David Brabham / Jamie Campbell-Walter||Nissan GT-R||01:53.815||24||1.038||70|
|12||47||GT1||Michael Rossi / Jaime Camara||Corvette Z06||01:54.389||23||1.612||67|
|13||3||GT1||Clivio Piccione / Stef Dusseldorp||Aston Martin DB9||01:54.685||20||1.908||70|
|14||10||GT1||Martin Matzke / Milos Pavlovic||Ford GT Matech||01:54.921||19||2.144||69|
|15||6||GT1||Max Nilsson / Jiri Janak||Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S||01:55.199||28||2.422||68|
|16||9||GT1||Antoine Leclerc / Fabien Giroix||Ford GT Matech||01:55.564||28||2.787||68|