Farnbacher Ferrari F458 Italia qualified on Pole position

For those of you who are just looking to find out who will be starting first in the 2011 ADAC 24h on the Nürburgring, well see the headline! - The Farnbacher racing Ferrari F458 Italia starts on pole, with its quickest time from yesterday (8m23.754) remaining unbeaten.

The order behind the quick fezza has changed quite a lot though. Unlike last year when Audi locked out P1-4 on the grid, now you need to look to row 4 to find the quickest R8 LMS (#14 Audi Sport Team Phoenix - 8m28.555). Similarly the fastest Porsche is beside the Audi in P9 - the Manthey 911 GT3 R #18 (8m28.791).

Mamerow Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 shares the front row, qualified P2

Between the Ferrari and the Audi, are 3 Mercedes SLS AMGs, and the two Factory BMW M3 GTs.
The gap to the Ferrari closed down a lot compared to last night - with the quickest Mercedes (#30 Mamerow/Rowe racing) finishing just 1.8 seconds behind with a 8m25.661.

Of the two BMWs, the #7 'Dirk' car was the quickest - so called because it has Dirk Muller, Dirk Adorf, and Dirk Werner along with Pedro Lamy (who is lucky enough to drive both) in it, edging out the sister car by a few tenths.

BMW's #7 "Dirk" M3 GT (Dirk Werner, Dirk Adorf, Dirk Muller + Pedro Lamy)

The full breakdown of the Top 10 qualifying times is below... but before you go diving into the numbers, there's a couple of things which should perhaps be considered.

Are Manthey hiding their performance?
The Manthey GT3 R only did one lap in qualifying 2, Marc Lieb didn't get a entirely clear run and was held a little in traffic. Last year this car started 7th on the grid, and was in the lead before leaving the GP Strecke.. so it's definitely not game over for Porsche.

Secondly Audi seem to have taken a very different approach to last year - qualifying in a good position for a 24h race is good for the ego, but ultimately it means little - and so I suspect they've been doing some tuning to attempt to improve their tyre wear.

Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS was the quickest of the Audis

Also, it rained mid way through qualifying today, so a number of cars may have had their best laps ruined... really for the big cars, so long as you are in the top 30, so you get the magic blue flashing light (which is supposed to help with over taking), then you're ok.

#76 Schubert BMW Z4 qualified 10th, revised Z4 looks strong

Other notable mentions in qualifying, are the Z4 V8s - the quickest of the 3 Schubert (#76) cars snuck into the top 10 - in 10th position, with an 8m30.198, but all 3 of them, plus the similar Dörr Motorsport one, seem a definite step up from last year in pace.

The Porsche Hybrid (#9) qualified just behind in P11 with a 8m30.851, and also of interest is the #18 Manthey RSR, which qualified P16, using last night's time of 8m32.079.  Today it was frustrated due to the weather compromising Romain Dumas' hot lap, with Timo Bernhard just running some installation laps afterward part charges. The drivers however sound very positive about the car, so it will be interesting to see how the race turns out.
Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid, will do well if its wet, due to psuedo AWD

Will write up a report on some of the other classes, and cars of interest in the morning!

Top 10 overall Qualifying for 39th ADAC 24h Rennen / Nürburgring (2011):

1. Farnbacher/Simonsen/Seefried/Melo (D/MC/D/I), #2 Farnbacher Ferrari F 458, 8:23.764 minutes
2. Mamerow/Hahne/Kaffer (D/D/CH), #30 Mamerow Mercedes-Benz SLS, + 1.897 seconds
3. Heyer/Jäger/Bleekemolen/Seyffarth (D/D/NL/D), #22 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS, + 3.016
4. Müller/Werner/Adorf/Lamy (D/D/D/P), #7 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT, + 3.666
5. Müller/Farfus/Alzen/Lamy (D/BRA/D/P), #1 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT, +4.151
6. Arnold/Margaritis/Brück/
Frankenhout (D/D/D/NL), #32 Heico Mercedes-Benz SLS, + 4.503

7. Basseng/Fässler/Piccini/Stippler (D/CH/I/D), #14 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS, +4.791
8. Lieb/Luhr/Bernhard/Dumas (D/CH/D/F), #11 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 5.027
9. Ludwig/Mies/Jöns/Abt (D/D/D/D), #17 ABT Sportsline Audi R8 LMS, +6.405
10. Sandström/Milner/Larrson/Hürtgen (CH/USA/S/D), #76 Team Schubert BMW Z4 GT3, +6.434