Axcil Jefferies sets the fastest time in qualifying for Saturday's Prototype Cup Germany race at the DEKRA Lausitzring. Behind his Ginetta G61-LT-P3, four Duqueine D08s follow in a rainy session.
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Premiere in the Prototype Cup Germany: Axcil Jefferies (28/ZWE) won the qualifying for race one at the DEKRA Lausitzring in the Ginetta G61-LT-P3 of Konrad Motorsport. It is the first time ever that an LMP3 of the British brand has won a session in the Prototype Cup Germany. "I'm happy not only for myself but especially for the team," beamed Jefferies, who shares the cockpit with Maximilian Hackländer (32/Rüthen), about the time of 1:33.765 minutes. "There are not many Ginetta LMP3s in the world. But Konrad Motorsport relies on the vehicle. We had a lot of work. That has now paid off."
In contrast to the previous sessions, qualifying at the DEKRA Lausitzring took place in wet track conditions, so rain tyres were fitted throughout the field. "This was completely new for us," Jefferies continued. "We had no experience in the wet yet. So I didn't take too many risks in qualifying. In the race, we want our first win of the season. But even if it should be dry then, we have a good chance."
With a gap of 0.221 seconds, Sebastian von Gartzen (29/Butzbach, Racing Experience) set the second fastest time in qualifying in the Duqueine D08. "I'm very happy about that. We didn't expect a place on the front row of the grid. I really enjoy driving in the rain," explains von Gartzen, who is competing together with Gary Hauser (30/LUX). "It would probably have been even a little faster. But on my last lap I ran into a competitor and had to abandon the attempt. The goal for the race is to get on the podium."
Overall, the qualifying was very successful for Duqueine. This is because places three to five also went to cars from the French brand. Third place was secured by Matthias Lüthen (41/Hamburg) and Donar Munding (20/Stuttgart, both Mühlner Motorsport) with a gap of 0.802 seconds. They were followed by Duqueine brand colleagues Jesse Salmenautio (21/FIN) and Sebastian Arenram (39/SWE, both Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport) as well as Oscar Tunjo (26/COL) and Mateo Villagomez (20/ECU, both Rinaldi Racing).
For Saturday's race of the Prototype Cup Germany, the lights at the Lausitzring will go green at 15:35. The race action will be broadcast in a free livestream on youtube.com/adac, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/24hseries.