Valentino Rossi’s Audi starts P25 at Spa / MotoGP

Valentino Rossi’s Audi starts P25 at Spa / MotoGP


In his first 24-hour car race, Valentino Rossi got a starting position in the middle of the field. Qualifying 25th, “Il Dottore” and his teammates Frederic Vervisch and Nico Müller missed out on the Super Pole.

Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Business-Francorchamps took place on the night from Thursday to Friday. Valentino Rossi was also there. As is known, the nine-time motorcycle world champion switched from two to four wheels during the winter and will start with the 585 hp Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II from the WRT team. In the classic in the Belgian Ardennes, he shares the wheel with two official Audi drivers, Frederic Vervisch and Nico Müller. The trio finished 25th on the grid.

Graduation in Business is divided into several sections. Each pilot has a 15 minute time slot to provide a fast lap time. At the end, an average value is created for each car, which is used to calculate the qualifying results. Rossi lapped the 7.004 km circuit in 2:18.618 minutes, Vervisch spent 2:18.407 minutes and Müller 2:17.633 minutes. Together, this meant 2:18.219 minutes.

However, with the 25th position in qualifying, the three missed the qualifiers to enter the so-called Super Pole. This event takes place this Friday evening from 7:00 pm and is reserved for the 20 fastest qualifying cars only. In each of these 20 cars, a driver competes in Super Pole, who has two laps to draw a grid position within the top 20 (and thus also a pole position).

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3, five Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3, one BMW M4 GT3, four Lamborghini Huracán GT3, four Mercedes-AMG GT3, three Porsche 911 GT3 R and two Ferrari 488 GT3 will participate in Super Pole. The Ferraris are two Iron Lynx cars with Antonio Fuoco, Daniel Serra and Davide Rigon (2:16.920 minutes) and Miguel Molina, James Calado and Nicklas Nielsen (2:17.098 minutes), which set the classification in qualifying for the lead. The qualifying results are listed here.

As a result, the Audi of Rossi/Vervisch/Müller will have to skip Super Pole and will only compete in the 30-minute race on Friday, which is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. The start of the Spa-Francorchamps race is then Saturday at 4:45 am.