Spinelli-Giraudi (AKM Motorsport) heroes of the day after the storm

11.07.2021

It was a crazy Race 2 at the Hungaroring as a summer storm right after the pit stops reshuffled the cards and brought unexpected emotion. Eventually, Loris Spinelli and Gianluca Giraudi, after their good show in Race 1, were rewarded with a deserved maiden win. The Mercedes of San Marino’s AKM Motorsport, which also took Pro-Am glory, beat the Inception Racing McLaren of Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy and the VSR Lamborghini of Frederick Schandorff-Michele Beretta, who added 2 points to their championship lead, finishing right ahead of their top rival, the Lechner Racing Porsche of Andy Soucek, here exceptionally paired with Ben Barker. Giuseppe Cipriani took his third success of the season in the Am class.

THE RACE – Christian Klien signed a brilliant pole with the JP Motorsport McLaren, beating Basz (Olimp Mercedes) by a mere 0s022. The Pole took a slight advantage at the start, with Klien challenged on the other side by Barker. At the end of the first lap, Basz is in the led ahead of Klien, Barker, Foley, Beretta, Seyffert, Iribe, and the first two in Am, Korzeniowski and Antonelli. Gaps are minimal in the first 10 laps, with the first five covered by 6 seconds only.

The window for driver changes opens in lap 14, with Iribe, Moller and Giraudi being the first ones to stop. The leaders, Basz and Klien, will do it in lap 19. As they come out, the rain starts to fall, with Marcin Jedlinski spinning and stopping for wets, followed by Krupinski and then all the others. Stanislaw Jedlinski also spins and hits the wall, followed soon after by Antonelli,  which prompts the safety-car out.

In the lead is Spinelli, ahead of Schandorff, Soucek, Millroy, Krupinski, Dinan and Tweraser. At the restart, in lap 27, Spinelli and Schandorff fly away, while Soucek with the Porsche seems in trouble and will be passed by Millroy. Magdzierz and Krupinski collide at first corner, both spinning.

Fight for the win ends when the two VSR Lambos receive a 10-second penalty for not serving the entire handicap during pit stop, which drops Schandorff to third behind Ollie Millroy, who takes second b0oth overall and in Pro-Am win after having passed Soucek, who finishes fourth ahead of Dinan and Paverud, third in Pro-Am. Ciprian wins again in Am ahead of Antonelli and Díaz-Varela.