Team Germany secured a second successive GT qualifying contest victory to cement pole position for this afternoon's medal-deciding race.
Team France started from pole with Simon Gachet at the wheel of the #81 Mercedes-AMG and led the entirety of the first stint, though Fabian Schiller was never more than a second behind in the German-entered #20 Mercedes-AMG. These two were the class of the field, pulling well clear of Karol Basz in the Team Poland Audi throughout the opening 30 minutes.
Team France extended its advantage during the mid-race pit stops as Gachet ran two laps longer than Schiller, which gave Eric Debard a six-second lead at the head of the field. But once Valentin Pierburg took over the German car he began to hunt down his rival, ultimately making a pass with seven minutes left on the clock.
He did not pull away, however, with Debard staying close and even half-attempting a move on the last lap. But ultimately Pierburg held firm and ensured a perfect start to the event for Team Germany. They will share the front row of the medal race with Team France, which finished second in both qualifying races.
Team Poland (Audi) finished third ahead of Team UK (Mercedes-AMG), a reversal of yesterday's result. The UK entry, driven by Ian Loggie, made a forceful move on Team Switzerland (Mercedes-AMG) to secure fourth during the closing stages. The Swiss came home fifth followed by Team Ukraine (Aston Martin).
This afternoon's medal race kicks off at 14:15 CEST and will air live on the FIA Motorsport Games YouTube channel.