Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands takes up the first race of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup in Istanbul from pole position. Bleekemolen needed just one flying lap to secure the fastest time with 1:58.477 minutes. This marks the 25-year-old ex-DTM pilot’s fourth pole position so far this season. On Sunday he starts from the front of the field for the third time in succession.
Behind Bleekemolen a head-to-head fight for grid positions took place. A total of 18 drivers qualified their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars within one second of the pole-setter. The fight for position two on the front row was particularly thrilling.
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Damien Faulkner from Ireland posted the second fastest time after just two fast laps, only to be ousted by Patrick Huisman (Netherlands). But the quadruple champion was also shunted from this post. With twelve minutes left Stefan Rosina (Slovakia) snatched the number two position beside Jeroen Bleekemolen and with this achieved his best qualifying result so far this year.
Occupying row two of the grid are Damien Faulkner, currently ranking second in the overall classification, ahead of the 40-year-old Porsche stalwart Uwe Alzen (Germany), who travels to Istanbul sitting third overall in the rankings. Phil Qauife from Great Britain planted his GT3 Cup on fifth position, with Patrick Huisman starting from sixth. Taking up Sunday’s race in seventh and eighth respectively are Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands) and Jiri Janak (Czech Republic). The reigning Supercup champion and current points leader Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) qualified his Porsche for the 13-lap race on ninth.