All-Inkl Lamborghini continued their fine start to the season as the No.37 Murcielago of Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli set the pace in Pre Qualifying at the Algarve.
The duo, pole sitters in both Abu Dhabi and Zolder, rose to the fore with just five minutes remaining of Pre Qualifying – their time of 1m41.763s proving the fastest GT1 time set round the Portimao track.
Schwager’s late effort demoted previous pacesetters Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr in the No.23 JRM Nissan GT into second.
With thirty minutes of the session to go Krumm had put the Nissan top with a storming effort more than a second clear of the rest of the field, but they were eventually pipped by Lamborghini and forced to settle for second – missing out by just 0.083s.
Luhr and Krumm’s sister car, the No.22 JRM of Richard Westbrook and Peter Dumbreck, finished fourth fastest, behind the No.21 Sumo Power GT of Jamie Campbell-Walter and David Brabham – leaving Nissan with three representatives inside the top four.
Nicky Catsburg and Mike Hezemans finished fifth fastest in the No.11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette, ahead of the No.38 All-Inkl Lamborghini of Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng and the final Nissan, the No.20 Sumo Power GT of Ricardo Zonta and Enrique Bernoldi.
Alex Muller and Tomas Enge finished as the highest placed Aston Martin, guiding the No.7 Young Driver DB9 to eighth fastest as the chequered flag fell.
Marc Hennerici and Bas Leinders meanwhile were the top Ford in the No.40 Marc VDS GT, although the duo were only able to complete nine laps – their session starting late and then being brought to a premature end following an incident through turn seven/eight complex.