Niederhauser completes Friday sweep for Saintéloc as Audi dominates Pre-Qualifying at Misano

Niederhauser completes Friday sweep for Saintéloc as Audi dominates Pre-Qualifying at Misano

Saintéloc Junior Team completed a Friday sweep at Misano in a Pre-Qualifying session dominated by Audi runners. 

Patric Niederhauser posted a 1m31.694s in the #25 entry to finish on top and follow in the footsteps of teammate Aurélien Panis, who paced this morning's Free Practice.

Niederhauser led an Audi sweep of the top-four positions, with Dries Vanthoor second fastest in the championship-leading #32 Team WRT car. Tresor by Car Collection showed well on home turf to place third and fourth, Christopher Haase earning intra-team bragging rights over Mattia Drudi by 0.001s. 

The #888 LP Racing Lamborghini was fifth overall and quickest in the Silver Cup courtesy of Jonathan Cecotto. The car was initially entered in Pro-Am but will now compete for Silver honours at Lamborghini's home circuit. Class rival Ulysse De Pauw was sixth overall in the #53 AF Corse Ferrari. 

Norbert Siedler put the #111 JP Motorsport McLaren on top of the Pro-Am classification. The experienced Austrian, who is back in Fanatec Sprint action this weekend deputising for Christian Klien, posted a 1m32.627s in the car he shares with Patryk Krupinski. 

This was 0.001s faster than the #89 Akkodis ASP Mercedes-AMG, which found itself in an unfamiliar 15th spot. Having finished second quickest this morning, Raffaele Marciello was almost a second shy of the overall benchmark in the afternoon run, though this was still the best of the Mercedes-AMG contingent. 

Pre-Qualifying completes Friday's GT3 track activity and sets up a competitive Saturday at Misano. Qualifying will take place at 09:30 CEST, setting the grid for the weekend's opening race at 15:00. Starting tomorrow morning, all of the action will be shown live on the GT World YouTube channel and across social media. 

Qualifying 1 - 09:30 LIVE
Race 1 - 15:00 LIVE

Qualifying 2 - 09:00 LIVE
Race 2 - 14:45 LIVE