Font Casas had been a late addition to the 26-strong entry list but perfectly demonstrated his local knowledge by setting a best lap of 1m50.675s with a third of the session gone. It was a time that would go unchallenged over the remaining 20 minutes.
Kessel Racing’s Michal Broniszewski, who wrapped up the Overall title last time out at Spa-Francorchamps, couldn’t improve on his initial benchmark and eventually finished 0.875s adrift of Font Casas in second. He was also just 0.004s faster than Mario Cordoni’s AF Corse Ferrari, which won a hard-fought battle for third in the session’s dying moments.
Selleslagh Racing Team’s thundering GTE-spec Corvette driven by Nicolas Vandierendonck was never outside the top-five and ultimately finished fourth. He was 0.4s shy of Cordoni but almost three tenths clear of another debutant, Cedric Leimer, whose X Bionic Lamborghini Huracan was making its first Blancpain GT Sports Club appearance.
Patrick Van Glabeke’s Ferrari 488 GT3, the CMR-run 458 GT3 driven by Eric Cayrolle and Maurice Ricci’s AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 completed the top-eight, while Jean-Michel Baert’s first run aboard his brand new Audi R8 LMS resulted in the ninth fastest time.
Elsewhere, the first skirmish in the battle for Iron Cup championship honours was won by current points leader and reigning class champion Martin Lanting. The Monegasque had trailed arch rival Stephen Earle throughout the session before a lap of 1m53.855s – set well after the chequered flag had fallen – bettered the American’s time by just 0.1s.
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