Team Lazarus Bentley claims maiden win
Yannick Mettler and Fabrizio Crestani brought to the victory the Team Lazarus Bentley Continental GT3 in the first race at Monza, giving the British maker its first-ever overall victory in the International GT Open. It was a perfect day on its home soil for the Italian team, which came back after missing the last round. The hiatus was used to reset a number of things and it worked, as nobody could challenge the black and blue car. Mettler took pole and he and team mate Crestani led the race from lights to flag.
“We knew that we could do well in Monza, but everything worked beyond expectations”, commented Mettler.
“I am so happy for the team after the ups-and-downs we have had”, Crestani added.
Second after a furious final charge by Charlie Eastwood was the TF Sport Aston Martin the Irishman shares with Salih Yoluc, with the outfit proving still being under the boosting effect of their GTE Am success at Le Mans last week.
Third overall and Pro-Am winner after a great race were Nick Moss and Joe Osborne, with the McLaren 720S of team Optimum Motorsport, ahead of Marcelo Hahn-Allam Khodair (TMM McLaren), with Hahn retaking alone the lead in the class standings, and the other Optimum 720S of Brendan Iribe-Ollie Millroy.
In the Am class, Alex Moiseev and Alexey Nesov took their second win of the season for AKM Motorsport, reducing to 3 points their gap in the standings with respect to thei Mercedes rivals Jens Liebhauser-Florian Scholze (GetSpeed Performance).