Blancpain GT Sports Club points leader Pons quickest in FP2; De Pundert claims Iron Cup bragging rights

24 June 2017 Blancpain GT Sports Club points leader Pons quickest in FP2; De Pundert claims Iron Cup bragging rights

Blancpain GT Sports Club Overall points leader Anthony Pons stormed to the top of timesheets in Saturday’s second free practice held at Paul Ricard, logging a 2:09.348 flyer just before the 30-minute session was shortened by a red flag. In the Iron Cup, Willem Paulys de Pundert went quickest ahead of FP1 pacesetter Stephen Earle.

Driving the #72 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG, Pons recovered from an early spin to edge AF Corse’s Patrick van Glabeke, who had held the top spot for most of the contest in the #488 Ferrari 488 GT3. The Belgian ace eventually finished second, 0.788s adrift of the Frenchman.

Pons’ team-mate Mauro Ricci went third fastest in the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3, pipping Boutsen Ginion’s Karim Ojjeh and the #2 BMW M6 GT3 by a mere 0.055s. After dominating the proceedings in FP1, AF Corse’s Alex Demirdjian slotted into fifth ahead of Autovitesse Garage R.Affolter’s Cedric Leimer and the #963 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

In the Iron Cup category reserved for drivers aged 60 and over, Willem Paulys de Pundert denied Stephen Earle a clean sweep of practice sessions. The Dutch racer hoisted the #39 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 ahead of the Texan’s #111 Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Up next in the pecking order were Artega Rennsport’s Klaus Dieter Frers (#3 Ferrari 488 GT3) and AF Corse’s Louis-Philippe Soenen (#50 Ferrari 488 GT3).

This afternoon’s qualifying session, which will determine the grid for Sunday’s Qualifying Race, starts at 15:30, Paul Ricard time. The all-important session will once again be shown live on our official website and Facebook page with commentary in both English and French.