Rast puts WRT Audi on FIA GT pole

Rast puts WRT Audi on FIA GT pole


Rast puts WRT Audi on FIA GT pole


Rene Rast claimed pole position for the WRT Audi squad for the first of this weekend’s two FIA GT Series races at the Slovakia Ring.

The German driver set a best time of 2m01.717s in the Audi R8 LMS ultra he shares with Niki Mayr-Melnhof, which put him just over two tenths clear of Mike Parisy in the fastest of the two Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren MP4-12Cs.

“This is my first time at the Slovakia Ring, so I needed a bit of practice,” Rast said. “We improved the car session by session and it seemed to work out. I must say my lap was good; I didn’t make any mistakes.”

Audi claimed its first FIA GT pole since the opening weekend of the season at Nogaro after WRT reverted its trio of R8s to 2012 specification. The move followed the failure of the FIA to alter the Balance of Performance in the wake of the Spa 24 Hours Blancpain Endurance Series round, in which the Audis were off the pace by more than a second a lap.

Rast’s Nogaro pole was also set with his Audi in 2012-spec after delays homologating this year’s version of the R8.

Alvaro Parente was third fastest in the second of the Loeb McLarens with a time less than a tenth slower than teammate Parisy. The Portuguese finished up just ahead of Laurens Vanthoor in the second WRT Audi.

Local driver Stefan Rosina was fifth fastest in the best of the Reiter-run Lamborghini Gallardo LP560s.