GRT complete dominant weekend
Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán-duo Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart completed a perfect weekend at Brands Hatch with a clear win in the Main Race of the third round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. The Lamborghini drivers led from light to finish, eventually finishing ahead of the Team WRT and Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audis. With Franck Perera and Maxi Buhk finishing sixth, Bortolotti and Engelhart are now the new leaders in the Blancpain GT Series driver standings.
David Fumanelli and Lewis Williamson claimed the Silver Cup win in the Strakka Motorsport McLaren 650 S GT3, with Daniel Keilwitz and Alexander Mattschull again pocketing full points in the PRO-AM Cup with their Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.
Just like in the Sunday morning Qualifying Race, Engelhart and Bortolotti dominated in front of 11.000 spectators as the GRT Lamborghini crossed the line with almost 20 seconds in hand. After taking the win in the 3 Hours of Monza two weeks ago, when they shared the car with Andrea Caldarelli, Bortolotti and Engelhart again proved to be unbeatable. For Engelhart, who made his debut in the 2016 endurance race at the Nürburgring, this means he has won three of the four Blancpain GT Series rounds in which he has taken part.
A broken driveshaft prevented the other Lamborghini of Norbert Siedler and Ezequiel Perez Companc from going any further. Will Stevens and Robin Frijns fought over second place, but with fresher tyres the Dutchman managed to overtake the Brit, claiming second, together with co-driver Stuart Leonard.
From the pitbox Markus Winkelhock saw how co-driver Stevens held on to third, although he was put under pressure by Fabian Schiller in the HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG. Schiller, sharing the car with Jules Szymkowiak, had started the Qualifying Race from dead last. After gaining 27 positions over the two races, Schiller and Szymkowiak crossed the line in fourth. But because of a contact with the ISR Audi at the beginning of the race the duo was given a 30-second penalty after the race, which not only saw them drop to 17th overall, but handed the Silver Cup win to Strakka Motorsport McLaren pairing David Fumanelli and Lewis Williamson. Thanks to the fact that the latter claimed the Silver Cup pole positions in both Misano and Brands Hatch, Williamson now leads the Silver Cup standings by two points over Schiller and Szymkowiak.
In the PRO-AM Cup, Rinaldi Racing Ferrari duo Keilwitz and Mattschull again claimed full points. The latter made his Brands Hatch debut and although he had a rough opening stint of the race, he managed to hold on to the lead. Keilwitz finished the job, crossing the line with a ten-second advantage over the Kessel Racing TP12 Ferrari of Piti Bhirombhakdi and Carlo Van Dam. In turn, they held off the AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG of Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jules Gounon, who had started Sunday morning Qualifying Race from pole position.
The next round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series takes place this coming weekend at Silverstone, that hosts the second race of this year’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.