Toyota driver Marcel Lenerz sets fastest time in ADAC GT4 Germany at Nürburgring – Tight field with cars from four brands in top 5
In qualifying for Saturday’s ADAC GT4 Germany race at the Nürburgring, things got really exciting: Shortly before the end of the session, Marcel Lenerz (Piro Sports) secured first place on the grid in a Toyota GR Supra GT4. He lapped the 3.629-kilometre circuit in the Eifel in exactly 1:32.044 minutes.
For Lenerz there was more than one reason to be happy. It is not only his personal first pole position in the ADAC GT4 Germany, but also the first pole for a Toyota in the ADAC sports car series. In addition, the Hessian is celebrating his 25th birthday today.
“I gave myself a present with the pole position. There’s no better way to start a birthday,” cheered Lenerz, who shares the car with Cedric Piro. “Qualifying was nevertheless difficult. With the cool temperatures, the tyres took a little longer to come up to temperature. When the peak was reached, I unfortunately had some traffic. But then I had found a gap in the full field once again. That was pole. “
By driving the fastest qualifying lap, Lenerz received the Pirelli Poleposition Award and in this context was presented with a tyre voucher. Second in qualifying was the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 of Nicolaj Möller Madsen and Finn Zulauf. Möller Madsen, who contested the qualifying, was 0.205 seconds off the top in the final.
Third place went to the Porsche of Vincent Andronaco and Leo Pichler (Allied-Racing), 0.329 seconds behind. Fourth went to Hugo Sasse and Mike David Ortmann (Prosport Racing), 0.358 seconds back in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
The Top 5 was completed by Jan Philipp Springob and Robin Falkenbach (Team ZVO) in the Mercedes-AMG GT4. This meant that cars from four brands were in the top five places.
“Every driver who drives a race wants to win, of course. That is also the goal this time. We definitely have the right car for it and also the pace. That’s why I’m very positive about the race,” says pole-setter Lenerz, who is optimistic about the seventh round of the 2022 ADAC GT4 Germany season.
The first race of the ADAC GT4 Germany will start on Saturday at 15:30 and will be broadcast live on sport.de and on adac.de/motorsport.