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Bortolotti keeps Belgian Audi Club Team WRT on top in second Imola test session

24 July 2020

Mirko Bortolotti was fastest again in this afternoon's second test session at Imola as the Italian driver continued his fine start to life with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

Having topped this morning's session, Bortolotti once again led the way in the #31 Audi with a lap of 1m42.497s. He edged the #4 Haupt Mercedes-AMG of Maro Engel by 0.083s following a strong session from the German squad.

There was also an impressive showing from debutant Frederik Schandorff, who placed third in his Barwell Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo graduate was quickest overall for a spell and ended the session as the top Silver Cup runner, just 0.204s shy of Bortolotti's best. The #99 ROWE Racing Porsche was next, followed by the Silver class Tech 1 Lexus in fifth spot. 

Sixth overall, and the best of the Pro-Am runners, was the #93 SKY Tempesta Racing Ferrari, which showed good speed with Eddie Cheever III at the wheel. Indeed, the #93 crew was 17 places clear of the next Pro-Am car. The #108 CMR Bentley, which will run in the Am Cup, was 43rd fastest.

The session began with a wet track following several heavy rain showers, but lap times tumbled throughout as the surface dried. After half an hour of running the best effort was nearly 10s shy of Bortolotti's morning pace, but the Italian eventually got to within just seventh tenths of his own benchmark. 

The next on-track activity will be this evening's Bronze Test, which is scheduled to get underway at 18.00 CET. From Saturday, all sessions will be streamed live. Coverage begins with free practice at 09.00 CST, followed later in the day by pre-qualifying (13.10) and qualifying (17.30). The main event gets underway at 13.30 on Sunday afternoon. Fans can follow the action on a variety of platforms, including the GT World Challenge Europe website and Facebook page and the GT World YouTube channel.