International GT Open
Emil Frey Lexus prevails in Race 1
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Emil Frey Lexus prevails in Race 1

The Emil Frey Lexus RC F driven by Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler claimed another Race 1 win at Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of Teo Martín Motorsport BMW M6 of Victor Bouveng and Fran Rueda, who secured their maiden podium, and the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 of Mikkel Mac and Miguel Ramos.

Jordan Racing celebrated the first PRO-AM win for the Bentley Continental GT3, which sported on its doors the hashtag #Manchester in support to the victims of the recent terrorist attack. Jordan Witt and Michael Meadows finished ahead of the McLaren 650 S GT3 of Rob Bell and Shaun Balfe and the Drivex Mercedes of Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khoadair. In the GT-AM category, it was a successful return for the Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev and Davide Rizzo.

With 24 cars on the grid, the only one to miss the start was the Sports&You Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Marcio Basso and Nonô Figueiredo damaged in a Friday’s accident. Costa took the lead from the pole position. In the third lap Martin Konrad missed the breaking point at La Source and hit the Aston Martin of Franceso Sini, bringing out the safety car.

The race resumed two laps later, but was again neutralized shortly after as Jules Szymkowiak‘s Mercedes and Côme Ledogar‘s McLaren collided at the Combes chicane. At the second restart Costa maintained the lead ahead of Mac, Rob Bell and Andrea Caldarelli, with Rueda on fifth position, while the other Lexus of Mario Farnbacher stopped with a technical problem.

As the pit window opened, Rueda was the first to stop, while Szymkowiak got a drive through penalty for the earlier incident. After the changes, Frommenwiler led with nine seconds on Bouveng and 17 on Ramos. Vito Postiglione and Marco Cioci fought for the fourth place, while Nelson Piquet overtook Balfe and Meadows to take the sixth position. Edoardo Liberati kept behind him Tomas Enge and Giovanni Venturini. With 10 minutes to the flag both Cioci and Enge suffered a puncture. Eventually Balfe and Postiglione took a 5-second penalty for track limits, with the latter losing P4 to Piquet.

Costa and Frommenwiler now lead the championship standings.

Results

  Driver Team Time Download Results
Race 1 Costa/Frommenwiler Emil Frey/Lexus RC-F GT3 1h12:18.279 / 28 laps »
Race 2 Farnbacher/Farnbacher Farnbacher Racing/Lexus RC-F 1h01:49.930 / 22 laps »
Qualifying 1 Albert Costa Emil Frey/Lexus RC-F GT3 2:16.815 »
Qualifying 2 Vito Postiglione Imperiale/Lamborghini Huracán GT3 2:37.780 »
Free Practice 1 Songyang/Caldarelli SF Racing/Ferrari 488 GT3 2:19.196 »
Free Practice 2 Perazzini/Cioci AF Corse/Ferrari 488 GT3 2:18.208 »
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