It was celebration time Saturday evening at the Casino de Madrid, as the 2018 Champions of the International GT Open and the Euroformula Open were honoured during the traditional Awards Ceremony of GT Sport, presided by RFEdA Vice President Joaquín Verdegay.
The evening had a high-class culinary touch, as guests were treated with a cooking show and gastronomic dinner by Michelin two-starred chef Paco Roncero, from La Terraza del Casino, one of the internationally-acclaimed masters of avant-garde Spanish cuisine. It was a perfect closing to the Gastronomy Experience that Michelin promoted in the paddock throughout the season, as part of a close partnership that will continue and will be enhanced in 2019, as anticipated by Greig Coull, Michelin Customer Racing Director.
In his address, Jesús Pareja, CEO of GT Sport, explained how important the 2019 season will be: “With further growth of the International GT Open, the launch of the new GT Cup Open and the expansion of the Euroformula Open, which will be the only single-seater formula except F.1 offering three different motorizations, we will reach a turning point, and we are aiming at all these exciting developments.”
The International GT Open Champion Mikkel Mac received the series’ top honours, alongside the winners of the class trophies: Valentin Pierburg-Tom Onslow-Cole (Pro-Am), Andrzej Lewandowski (Am, who represented also his team mate Giulio Borlenghi), and Imperiale Racing, represented by Luca Di Grasso. Overall vice champion Fran Rueda and Márcio Basso (3rd in Am) also collected personally their trophies. Team principals Amato Ferrari, Michael Luzich, Teo Martín and Vincenzo Sospiri were among the many guests.