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Porsche Coanda, R8G Esports claim Le Mans Virtual Series pole positions at Monza

Porsche Coanda, R8G Esports win Le Mans Virtual Series qualifying pole positions at Monza

Le Mans Virtual Series Qualifying for the 4 Hours of Monza concluded on Friday with the No. 20 Porsche Coanda LMP and No. 888 R8G Esports GTE taking poles.

The second leg of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series is set to take place on Saturday (8th October 2022) at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Before that, the 40 teams spread across the LMP and GTE classes had to hold their pair of qualifying sessions on Friday following the Le Mans Virtual Cup event.

With the GTEs out first, the No. 888 R8G Esports Ferrari 488 GTE took the pole position with pro driver Alexander Smolyar behind the wheel. The factory Ferrari, the No. 51 SF Velas Esports Team took the outside pole with Jordy Zwiers putting up the second best time.

When it moved over to the LMP class, it looked early on that Team Redline would be the ones to beat yet again. They were, and the No. 1 and No. 2 entries were split by the No. 20 Porsche Coanda LMP driven by Mitchell deJong taking the pole and teammate Joshua Rogers wheeling the No. 23 in between the Team Redline entries, finishing third.

LMP: DEJONG GRABS MONZA POLE IN CLOSING MOMENTS

There was drama in the closing moments at Monza as Mitchell deJong put his No. 20 Porsche Coanda LMP2 to the top of the pole out of virtually nowhere. The No. 20 spent the majority of the 20-minute qualifying session outside the Top 10 as other heavy hitters were trading spots near the top throughout.

Team Fordzilla’s No 966 with pro driver Luke Browning put a flying lap up early, but would fall quite far after a ton of later movement, not even making the Top 10. Team Redline’s No. 1 LMP took control with Maximilian Benecke constantly improving their lap at the top of the board throughout the period.

In the closing minutes, Diogo Pinto brought the No. 2 Team Redline LMP up to second and as time was set to expire, it looked like that’s how it would end up. The No. 101 GR Vector eSport started the chaos with driver Mattia Crupi breaking up the top two, and many others would follow suit.

Porsche Coanda, R8G Esports win Le Mans Virtual Series qualifying pole positions at Monza

The other Porsche Coanda entry, the No. 20 driven by Joshua Rogers, looked to have a shot at the pole, but missed out by 0.018 seconds. While nobody was looking, deJong snuck in and stole the pole with a blistering lap, 0.065 seconds faster than Benecke, who could not defend as he’d taken the checkers.

The No. 20 Porsche Coanda LMP will start on the pole alongside the No. 1 Team Redline LMP, with the No. 23 Porsche Coanda team in third, the No. 2 Team Redline team in fourth, and in fifth, R8G Esports ended their day with another positive effort, with Ulas Ozyildirim taking the No. 18 to fifth.

MONZA LMP QUALIFYING TOP 10

POSCAR #TEAMDRIVERTIME
120Porsche CoandaMitchell deJong1:32.695
21Team RedlineMaximilian Benecke1:32.760
323Porsche CoandaJoshua Rogers1:32.778
42Team RedlineDiogo Pinto1:32.876
518R8G ESPORTSUlas Ozyildirim1:32.883
64Floyd Vanwall-BurstJernej Simončič1:32.889
763AMG Team Petronas EsportsJames Baldwin1:32.895
836Alpine EsportsTom Lartilleux1:32.941
9101GR Vector eSportMattia Crupi1:32.949
108R8G ESPORTSMarcell Csincsik1:32.976

GTE: FERRARI FRONT ROW AT MONZA WITH R8G, SF VELAS

Porsche Coanda, R8G Esports win Le Mans Virtual Series qualifying pole positions at Monza

The ‘Pro’ driver for R8G Esports took the No. 888 Ferrari to the top of the pylon to kick off Monza qualifying on Friday. Early on, it looked like the No. 71 BMW Team Redline M8 driven by Kevin Siggy might be tracking towards another pole, but the session got crazy in the second half.

With just under eight minutes to go, the No. 77 Proton Coanda Esports was tracking towards the pole while towing their Porsche teammates in the No. 88. Strangely, Charlie Collins pulled it into the pits before completing the lap.

All of a sudden, Ferrari came out of nowhere and started taking over the control of the top. Jordy Zweirs put the No. 51 SF Velas Esports Team Ferrari on top first, but it was professional driver Alexander Smolyar, in the No. 888 R8G Esports Ferrari who would take the top.

Siggy was able to pick up to third best after falling as low as sixth, they’ll start next to another BMW M8 in the No. 89 BMW Team BS+COMPETITION machine, which was qualified by Ibraheem Khan. Patrick Schindler rounded out the Top 5 wheeling the No. 66 SIMMSA Esports Ferrari.

MONZA GTE QUALIFYING TOP 10

POSCAR #TEAMCAR (GTE)DRIVERTIME
1888R8G ESPORTSFerrari 488Alexander Smolyar1:44.296
251SF Velas Esports TeamFerrari 488Jordy Zwiers1:44.363
371BMW Team RedlineBMW M8Kevin Siggy1:44.428
495Prodrive FYRA EsportAston Martin VantageLasse Sørensen1:44.472
589BMW Team BS+COMPETITIONBMW M8Ibraheem Khan1:44.477
666SIMMSA EsportsFerrari 488Patrick Schindler1:44.490
777Proton Coanda EsportsPorsche 911 RSRCharlie Collins1:44.555
826SIM MaranelloFerrari 488Christian Malghera1:44.595
988Proton Coanda EsportsPorsche 911 RSRKevin van Dooren1:44.626
1064Satellite RacingAston Martin VantageJimi Nisula1:44.684

RACE DETAILS

The Le Mans Virtual Series 4 Hours of Monza will start on Saturday 8th October at 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 05:00 PT / 08:00 ET. The broadcast will start around 30 minutes earlier for the start of pre-race coverage.

There will be multiple ways to watch, but we hope you watch it with us here on the Traxion.GG YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels.

The 24 Heuers du Mans, FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series YouTube channels, plus the Facebook pages for the FIA WEC and the titular Le Mans Virtual will also carry the event live.

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