The GT4 European Series heads to Belgium this weekend for the fifth and penultimate round of 2020 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The first titles of the season could be decided at the legendary 7.004 km racing venue in the Ardennes.
The GRT Grasser Racing Team arrived for their home fixture at the Red Bull Ring last weekend in resolute mood. After being deprived of a first victory in the 2020 ADAC GT Masters, the team were looking for payback on the fifth weekend of the Super Sports Car League. On the historic Spielberg race track, less than ten kilometres from team headquarters in Knittelfeld, the crews of the three Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVOs once again showed indomitable spirit.
Henrique Chaves, with Miguel Ramos, achieved last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps his second win of the season and goes to the last round of this International GT Open season in the Drivers’ Standings lead.
International travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 will prevent the 2021 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour from taking place as previously planned in February.
K-PAX Racing has one of its toughest challenges yet in its 14 seasons of operation, competing not only in its longest race to date, but also on one of the largest stages in sports car racing worldwide. The team is set to enter its strong two-car Bentley Continental GT3 effort to contend in this year’s unique autumn edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa – keen on continuing its maiden voyage across Europe in the GT World Challenge Powered by AWS Endurance Cup while sharing the electricity the team has brought to fans stateside for more than a decade.
Race one Pro-Am class winners Ahmad Al Harthy and Tom Canning experienced a challenging conclusion to their debut weekend in the International GT Open at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, 18th October, when early delays in the second contest restricted them to a top six Pro-Am finish.
Erik Johansson (24, SWE) and Jens Klingmann (30, GER, both MRS GT-Racing) have gone down in ADAC GT Masters history as winners of the 200th race. Victory for the BMW duo on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring means that the Super Sports Car League has now seen nine different winners in the ten outings of the current campaign. Runners-up were Luca Stolz (25, GER) and Maro Engel (35, Monte Carlo, both Toksport WRT) in a Mercedes-AMG, with third place going to Lamborghini works drivers Franck Perera (36, FRA) and Albert Costa Balboa (30, ESP, both GRT Grasser Racing Team). “Amazing!” was race winner Jens Klingmann’s verdict at the finish. “To have won the 200th race of the ADAC GT Masters is really something very special. After this morning’s quali, I certainly wasn’t expecting the win – I would have been satisfied with just a podium.”
Staying out of trouble, laying down consistent laps times and maintaining patience were key factors in Heinricher Racing’s sixth-place finish at the Motul Petit Le Mans on Saturday. Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg and Trent Hindman once again joined forces to earn another hard-fought finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The sixth race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters will be held from October 30th to November 1st at the DEKRA Lausitzring. The second race of the ADAC GT Master on the Brandenburg track after the start of the season at the end of July replaces the races originally scheduled at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands on the same date. The ADAC GT Masters and Circuit Zandvoort have been working intensively on a concept over the past few weeks to run the race weekend. Due to the high number of infections in the Netherlands and the classification as a risk area by the German government, the ADAC GT Masters has now decided to change the venue at short notice. Together with the ADAC GT Masters, the ADAC GT4 Germany, ADAC TCR Germany, ADAC Formula 4 and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany race at DEKRA Lausitzring.
John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Augusto Farfus co-drove BMW Team RLL’s No. 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE to a third-place finish in today’s 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship MOTUL Petit Le Mans to score the team’s sixth consecutive podium finish. The trio led the GTLM class multiple times, made 11 pit stops and completed 431 laps of the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to finish 4.412 seconds behind the winning Porsche. Each BMW driver had their turn at the front of the GTLM field with Farfus taking the lead for the final time on lap 401, four laps after the class cycled through their final stops. Unfortunately, two laps later he was pushed off by a prototype car in turn 12 and had to run through the grass along the outside of the front straight. As a result, he had to pit again to clean the grill, dropping some 26 seconds to the leaders. Charging back, he took advantage of collision by a competitor to secure the podium finish as the race ended under caution.
The Whelen Engineering Cadillac drivers Pipo Derani (Brazil), Felipe Nasr (Brazil) and Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) finished fifth in today’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
At “Petit Le Mans” on the Road Atlanta racetrack, the Porsche GT Team has achieved its first win in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Works drivers Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Matt Campbell (Australia) won the ten-hour race in the US state of Georgia by a narrow 1.779 seconds. The second Porsche 911 RSR, driven by Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Mathieu Jaminet (France), became entangled in an accident in the turbulent final phase and reached the finish line in fifth place. After nine of eleven races, Porsche ranks third in the GTLM manufacturers’ championship.
There have now been eight different winners in nine races. Henric Skoog (24, SWE) and Nick Yelloly (29, GBR, both Schubert Motorsport) driving a BMW M6 GT3 cruised to victory in Saturday’s ADAC GT Masters race at the Red Bull Ring. Their triumph in the 199th race of the Super Sports Car League was the first for BMW this season. Porsche drivers Robert Renauer (35, GER) and Sven Müller (28, GER, both Precote Herberth Motorsport) finished second on the Austrian Formula 1 circuit, with third place going to Erik Johansson (24, SWE) and Jens Klingmann (30, GER, both MRS GT-Racing) in another BMW. “After our somewhat faltering start to the season, this success is an important one for the whole team,” said winner Henric Skoog at the finish. “The guys were incredibly happy. We’re now looking to excel again tomorrow.” Sunday’s race in Austria will be the 200th in the history of the ADAC GT Masters.
The No. 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 will start sixth for the Motul Petit Le Mans on Saturday. Misha Goikhberg posted a 1:19.666-second lap to put the Acura on the third row for the 10-hour endurance event.
International GT Open debutant Ahmad Al Harthy made a strong and positive start to his maiden weekend in the pan-European championship during pre-event practice on Friday, 16th October, at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium – the Oman Racing driver’s first race meeting for 12 months.
Third time’s a charm. Shinya Michimi continued to impress on Friday as he put the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 on the pole after posting a 1:19.291-second lap for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans. The qualifying run marks Michimi’s third time qualifying at the 2.54-mile circuit and Saturday will mark his third race start at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
BMW Team RLL will start this Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans from the second and third positions after an excellent effort this afternoon by Connor De Phillippi and John Edwards. De Phillippi set the teams quick time in the No. 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE to line-up second with a 1:15.434-minute lap around the 2.54-mile, […]
The ninth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship run over ten hours is called “Petit Le Mans“. The Porsche GT Team has secured grid positions four and six in the GTLM category. Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor lapped the 4.088-kilometre Road Atlanta circuit in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR in 1:15.657 minutes. His works driver colleague Nick Tandy from Great Britain set a lap time of 1:15.858 minutes in the No. 911 sister car.