Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG hits form as Stolz goes quickest in Hungary

6 September 2019

Luca Stolz led FP2 at the Hungaroring to put Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe title contenders Black Falcon on top ahead of a crucial Saturday.

Stolz delivered a 1m43.487s aboard the #4 Mercedes-AMG he shares with Maro Engel to edge out long-time pace-setter Felipe Fraga (#90 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG). The Brazilian driver looked unbeatable for much of the session but was eventually knocked off the top by just 0.084s. It was nevertheless an excellent conclusion to the day for Silver Cup ace Fraga, who also finished P2 overall in this morning's opening session.

Stephane Ortelli was third quickest in the #24 Sainteloc Racing Audi, concluding a solid day for the veteran Monegasque and new teammate Dorian Boccalacci. Dries Vanthoor completed the top-four in his #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT entry, while Diego Menchaca was an impressive fifth overall in his Silver Cup class Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini.

The Pro-Am runners were led by Phil Keen in the sister #519 FFF Lamborghini, though the car would encounter problems late in the session when Hiroshi Hamaguchi hit the turn 11 barriers. This would bring out the only red flag of the 80-minute run, effectively concluding proceedings early.

The tension will step up a gear on Saturday, with qualifying (10.30) and the opening race (15.10) taking place at the Hungarian venue. Both sessions – as well as Sunday's season-closing race – will be streamed live on the Blancpain GT Series website and social media channels.

> FP2 Results