Lamborghini and Audi share Misano qualifying honours as Gvazava and Erhart share pole positions

Lamborghini and Audi share Misano qualifying honours as Gvazava and Erhart share pole positions
  • Dmitry Gvazava gives Target Racing Lamborghini pole on series debut
  • Filip Sladecka tops Pro-Am order for the first time for True Racing KTM
  • LP Racing’s Elia Erhart takes overall qualifying honours in Q2
  • Anders Fjordbach earns maiden Pro-Am pole for the Brabham BT63 GT2

Qualifying for the third double-header event of the 2022 Fanatec GT2 European Series season produced four different class pole position winners across the two 20-minute sessions at a still scorching Misano circuit this evening.

Making his series debut this weekend, Dmitry Gvazava delivered a superb first qualifying session, timing his final charge in the Lamborghini Huracan to perfection to snatch the Am class and outright pole by just 0.021 second from Filip Sladecka in the True Racing KTM X-BOW.

In two of the closest Fanatec GT2 European Series qualifying sessions of the season so far, it was LP Racing’s Elia Erhart that put in the perfect lap to plant his #18 Audi R8 LMS GT2 at the front for the second race of the weekend. He pipped the Brabham BT63 GT2 to the outright top spot by 0.118 seconds, but Anders Fjordbach still earned Brabham Automotive Factory Racing its first Pro-Am pole of the team’s maiden season.

Lamborghini comes to the fore

True Racing by Reiter Engineering’s Filip Sladecka was the first to set the bar in Q1, his initial time putting him nine tenths clear of the rest of the pack for the first half of the 20-minute session. 

PK Carsport’s Nicolas Saelens was the first to take the fight to the #15 KTM X-BOW, cutting Sladecka’s advantage to 0.3s with 10 minutes remaining. LP Racing’s Henry Hassid then joined the fight, pipping Sladecka by two thousands of a second, entering the final minutes. 

But Gvazava saved the best for last, punching in a time of 1:36.687 to snatch Target Racing and Lamborghini’s maiden series pole at his first Fanatec GT2 European Series qualifying attempt by the narrowest of margins. Sladecka held onto second for the Pro-Am pole, with Hassid third and Saelens fourth.

Peter Guelinckx put the PK Carsport #81 Audi fifth fastest while Klaus Angerhofer pushed his KTM to place sixth.

LP Racing takes home pole

With the Pro drivers taking charge for the second 20-minute session, Michael Vergers took the early initiative to put the High Class Racing at the top of the order, but once again the #15 KTM was immediately in the fight, this time with Stefan Rosina at the wheel.

A flurry of fastest laps saw the order change with almost every lap of the Misano circuit, LP Racing boss Luca Pirri joined the fight before Fjordbach took over at the top for Brabham Automotive Factory Racing, to head Vergers by 0.162s with five minutes remaining.

One perfectly timed final flying lap from Erhart in the sister LP Racing Audi, however, spoiled the Brabham team’s plans for outright pole to snatch the position by 0.118s ahead of a red flag stoppage that would conclude the session.

Vergers wound up third, just 0.2s off the pole time, ahead of Stienes Longin’s #11 Audi. After his early session charge, Pirri secured fifth for the team’s second home event of the season to round out the top three Pro-Am qualifiers, while Rosina completed the top six.

Am-class leader, Hassid qualified second in Am, eighth overall, ahead of the race one pole-winning Lamborghini of Demetrios Deverikos for third in class.

The Fanatec GT2 European Series field will tackle two 50-minute races on the Adriatic coast at 10:20 and 18:40 CEST tomorrow, Saturday 2 July, both of which will be streamed live on the series website and GT World YouTube channel.

Qualifying 1 Result

Qualifying 2 Result