GT World Challenge Europe
Paul Ricard test kicked-off GT World season

Paul Ricard test kicked-off GT World season

The 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS started with the two test days at Circuit Paul Ricard.

The test also featured a trio of new teams that will join the championship this season. Allied Racing was present with its Porsche, which will undertake the full schedule in the Pro-Am class. Iron Lynx will chase overall Endurance Cup honours with a pair of Ferrari entries, while Winward Racing will also contest the long-distance championship with a Mercedes-AMG in the Silver Cup.

One of the series’ longest-serving teams emerged fastest at the conclusion of the test, with Jules Gounon making the perfect start to his new challenge at AKKA ASP. The French driver posted a 1m52.960s in the #88 Mercedes-AMG, making the most of optimum track conditions on Friday morning. This represents the second year in succession that the team has topped pre-season testing after Raffaele Marciello posted the best effort in 2020.

Gounon edged out the Audi of Alexandre Cougnaud, who showed impressive pace on his first outing with Sainteloc Racing. The Frenchman secured the second-best time, while the sister car of Frédéric Vervisch was fastest on Thursday and third across both days. The closing session on Friday afternoon saw Dinamic Motorsport go quickest with its #54 Porsche. Matteo Cairoli was at the wheel for the lap, placing the Italian squad fourth overall for the test days.


Paul Ricard official test / 4th session, 26 March 2021

1. Matteo Cairoli-Christian Engelhart (Porsche 911 GT3-R / Dinamic Motorsport) 1:53.479
2. Konstantin Tereschenko-Thomas Drouet-Simon Gachet-Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / AKKA ASP) 1:53.536
3. Frederic Vervisch-Finlay Hutchison (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Sainteloc Junior Team) 1:53.648
4. Chris Goodwin-Valentin Hasse Clot-Nicolai Kjaergaard (Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 / Garage 59) 1:53.738
5. Russel Ward-Philip Ellis-Lucas Auer-Ricky Collard Jr. (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Winward Racing) 1:53.797
6. Raffaele Marciello-Daniel Juncadella-Jules Gounon (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / AKKA ASP) 1:53.837
7. Alessandro Pier Guidi-Nicklas Nielsen-Come Ledogar (Ferrari 488 GT3 / Iron Lynx) 1:53.917
8. Stuart White-Nelson Panciatici (Bentley Continental GT3 / CMR) 1:53.944
9. Davide Rigon-Antonio Fuoco-Callum Ilott (Ferrari 488 GT3 / Iron Lynx) 1:53.999
10. Duncan Cameron-Matt Griffin (Ferrari 488 GT3 / AF Corse) 1:54.138
11. Mauro Ricci-Thomas Drouet (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / AKKA ASP) 1:54.172
12. Sam de Haan (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Ram Racing) 1:54.196
13. Mattia Drudi-Alex Aka-Tommaso Mosca (Attempto Racing / Audi R8 LMS GT3) 1:54.223
14. Ezequiel Perez Companc-Max Hofer-Rik Breukers (Madpanda Motorsport / Mercedes-AMG GT3) 1:54.253
15. Mario Farnbacher-Barr Reece (Honda NSX GT3 EVO / JAS Motorsport) 1:54.267
16. Miguel Ramos-Henrique Chaves-Adrian Amstutz (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo / Barwell Motorsport) 1:54.309
17. Louis Machiels-Andrea Bertolini (Ferrari 488 GT3 / AF Corse) 1:54.426
18. Ricardo Feller-Alex Fontana-Rolf Ineichen (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo / Emil Frey Racing) 1:54.442
19. Jack Aitken-Kontsta Lappalainen-Arthur Rougier (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo / Emil Frey Racing) 1:54.481
20. Miklas Born-Jordan Love-Yannick Mettler (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / SPS Automotive Performance) 1:54.647
21. Albert Costa-Norbert Siedler (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo / Emil Frey Racing) 1:54.648
22. Oscar Tunjo-Juuso Puhakka-Paul Petit (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Toksport WRT) 1:54.665
23. Benjamin Hites-Patrick Kujala-David Perel (Ferrari 488 GT3 / Rinaldi Racing) 1:54.899
24. Jan Kasperlik-Nicolas Schöll-J Apotheloz (Porsche 911 GT3-R / Allied Racing) 1:54.963
25. Thomas Neubauer-Erik Johannsen (BMW M6 GT3 / Walkenhorst Motorsport) 1:55.346
26. Karim Ojjeh-Jens Klingmann-Yann Zimmer-Jens Liebhauser (BMW M6 GT3 / Boutsen Racing) 1:55.463
27. Ronald Hölling-Jan Seyffert-Gerhard Tweraser (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo / HP Racing International) 1:55.543
28. Raffaele Giammaria (Lamborghini GT2 / Lamborghini) 1:55.616
29. Valentin Perburg-Florian Scholze-Dominik Baumann (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / SPS Automotive Performance) 1:55.700

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