Alvaro Parente claimed pole position for the Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren squad for the third round of the FIA GT Series at Zandvoort.
The McLaren factory driver took pole with a 1m37.923s lap aboard the lead Loeb MP4-12C, which put him just six one hundreths ahead of Andreas Simonsen in the fastest of the Gravity Charouz Mercedes.
Parente admitted surprise that he had qualified on pole after his car had languished down in 10th and eighth positions in the two free practice sessions on Friday.
“After yesterday, we weren’t very confident,” said the Portuguese, who shares the McLaren with rally legend Sebastien Loeb. “We were surprised to do that lap time. The lap went very well – I think I got the maximum out of the car.”
Simonsen took pole in the Pro-Am class in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG he shares with Sergei Afanasiev. The Swede edged out WRT Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor by a further one hundredth.
Fourth place when to Alon Day in the Gravity Charouz Pro class car, with Rene Rast fifth in the second of the trio of WRT Audi R8 LMS ultras.