Climate was the deciding issue within the 20-car Prime Qualifying 2 shootout on the Nordschleife, with the Eifel area being subjected to heavy rainfall.
Race management determined to begin the second part about half an hour later than deliberate, however the observe situations have been nonetheless treacherously slippery in locations.
Yelloly, who claimed victory within the 24 Hours final 12 months alongside Alexander Sims and Nicky Catsburg, powered to the highest spot within the #1 Rowe BMW M6 GT3 he shares with Catsburg, John Edwards and Philipp Eng with a 10m01.619s lap.
“It wasn’t straightforward in any respect, you may see within the onboard that I needed to work very laborious for it,” stated Yelloly. “Actually, it was fully loopy. I had aquaplaning in all places!”
That prevented a sensational pole from the #19 Konrad Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo which had lapped quickest with Axcil Jefferies on the wheel in qualifying follow three.
Jeffries, sharing with Michele di Martino, Tim Zimmermann and Alex Fontana, had gambled by pitting for contemporary wets after his outlap and thus solely had one alternative to submit a time.
On contemporary rubber, the Zimbabwean managed a time of 10m03.927s, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to dislodge Yelloly because the Brit improved on his second lap.
Manuel Metzger, the 2016 N24 winner, was the final driver to set a time within the #four Haupt Racing Crew Mercedes-AMG GT3 and posted a time ok for third, demoting Jesse Krohn’s Schubert BMW to fourth and team-mate Nico Bastian within the sister #6 Mercedes to fifth.
#1 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3: Nick Catsburg, John Edwards, Philipp Eng, Nick Yelloly
Photograph by: Andreas Beil
GetSpeed Mercedes twins Raffaele Marciello and Moritz Kranz held sixth and seventh positions forward of reigning World Endurance Championship GT title-winner Nicki Thiim’s #11 Phoenix Audi.
Julien Andlauer’s #three Rutronik Porsche and Max Hesse within the #77 RMG BMW junior crew entry accomplished the highest 10.
The FFF Lamborghini that topped the qualifying follow 2 occasions on Thursday elected to not run to keep away from gathering harm after manufacturing facility driver Marco Mapelli progressed by way of Prime Qualifying 1, which began in dry situations earlier than the rain arrived.
The race begins at three:30pm native time on Saturday, following a one-hour warm-up scheduled for 11.30am.