Pole position for Frikadelli Racing in Kyalami
Frikadelli Racing will start the 9 hours of Kyalami after a highly dramatic qualifying from pole position. Nick Tandy, who shares the cockpit with Mathieu Jaminet and Dennis Olsen, drove with the Porsche 911 GT3 R in the top-10 shootout a fabulous time of 1:52.825 min. It was four thousandths of a second faster than the competition.
"We are really happy about this great start. Of course, we were a bit lucky when Nick Tandy hits the barrier on a wet track in the third qualifying stage, but that's also part of motorsport. The team did a great job and the car was perfect. We are now looking forward to tomorrow's 9h race", explains team boss Klaus Abbelen.
In the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the unofficial world championship for GT3 vehicles, qualifying is divided into three sections. While in the first two sessions of Mathieu Jaminet & Dennis Olsen predominantly dry conditions prevailed, heavy rain made the third part, which ended the hunt, difficult. Nick Tandy fell victim to the conditions here and slid off the track with the Frikadelli-Porsche 911 GT3 R. Despite a crash, the vehicle remained almost undamaged.
"Fortunately, it was only a few scratches and a mirror, which is why I was able to continue the journey. We then qualified for the top 10 shootout with the seventh best average time from the three training sessions," said the Brit, whose hour was supposed to strike afterwards. So he went to the absolute limit in the top 10 shootout and was rewarded with pole position.
What the pole position brings will be seen tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. The starting shot for the 9h race (live stream at: www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com) is given at 12:00 German time.