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Gounon keeps AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG on top in pre-qualifying

18 June 2021

Jules Gounon kept AKKA ASP on top in pre-qualifying at Zandvoort, shading the sister Mercedes-AMG of Raffaele Marciello by just 0.001s.

The Frenchman led the majority of the session after posting a benchmark time of 1m35.297s. Marciello came as close as possible to matching his stablemate, continuing the team's fine form after Jim Pla topped this morning's free practice in the #87 machine. 

Pierre-Alexandre Jean was third in the #107 CMR Bentley, providing an excellent confidence boost following a tough morning session for the French squad. The Bentley also led the Silver Cup classification, closely followed by the #90 Madpanda Motorsport Mercedes-AMG driven by Ezequiel Perez Companc.

Christopher Haase was the fastest Audi runner in the #25 Saintéloc Racing machine, followed by Magny-Cours winners Toksport WRT (#6 Mercedes-AMG) and Team WRT (#32 Audi). Morning pace-setter Pla was eighth overall and third among the Silver runners. 

Jonny Adam put Garage 59 on top in the Pro-Am class. The #188 Aston Martin was 19th overall, 0.029s and two places clear of Dominik Baumann's #20 SPS Mercedes-AMG. The full session results can be viewed here

In contrast with free practice, pre-qualifying ran in dry conditions and without interruption. The weekend's weather is expected to be mixed, with sun and rain forecast at the Dutch track. Live coverage begins on Saturday morning with qualifying (09:00) and then the opening race at 13:30; the same format will be repeated on Sunday, with qualifying at 09:00 and the second race at 14:30. All of the action will be streamed live across a variety of platforms, including the GT World YouTube channel.