Race 2 of the season, at the Circuit Paul Ricard, saw the Lamborghinis take their revenge from yesterday, as the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing conquered a relatively unexpected 1-2, with Frederick Schandorff-Michele Beretta winning ahead of team mates Yuki Nemoto-Baptiste Moulin, after a quite lively race. Porsche came back to the podium thanks to the Lechner Racing car of Andy Soucek-Al Faisal Al Zubair, who led for most of the race.
With today’s success, VSR leads the Teams’ standings and Beretta-Schandorff the Drivers’ rankings, tied with Race 1 winners Ivan Peklin-Jordan Pepper, in the Team Lazarus Bentley, today fifth.
In Pro-Am, Patryk Krupinski-Christian Klien (JP Motorsport McLaren), fourth overall, won in Pro-Am and found some consolation after yesterday’s drama, beating Brendan Iribe-Ollie Millroy (Inception McLaren) and Markus Sattler-Nico Bastian (Winward Mercedes). In Am also Lamborghini won, with the car of Il Barone Rampante and Giuseppe Cipriani.
THE RACE – At the start, poleman Adam Carroll gets out-powered and passed by Soucek, who takes the lead, Millroy and Nemoto, with Paverud in fifth ahead of Beretta, Krupinski, Peklin (who has cur a bit in the first chicane) and Liebhauser, first in Am.
Positions are quite stable in the initial laps, with the biggest battle being for 7th, between Krupinski, Peklin and Liebhauser. In lap 10, as the leaders take a first lap to the GT Cup contenders, Soucek has an hesitation and Millroy attempts a move to get past. There is a slight contact between the two and it’s Nemoto, diving in the inside, who pips everybody and becomes the new leader. In the meantime, Peklin has dropped to 9th.
In lap 13, the window for driver change opens and after all pit stops, Al Zubair is still in the lead, with a 3-second gap on Schandorff, 4 on Moulin and 7 on Iribe. Follow Balfe, Moller, Klien and Pepper. Change of leader comes in lap 23, as Schandorff passes Al Zubair, while Moulin is now third ahead of Iribe, Klien, Pepper and Moller. The greatest fight is between two McLarens, for fourth, with Iribe conceding the position three laps from the end lap after a great resistance. The last feat sees Moulin passing Al Zubair to take second and secure VSR’s 1-2. In the closing laps, Scholze stops and Giuseppe Cipriani takes the win in Am.