Laurens Vanthoor and Stéphane Ortelli are FIA GT Champions

Laurens Vanthoor and his team mate Stéphane Ortelli have become FIA GT Series Champions in Baku.

22-year old Belgian Laurens Vanthoor and his team mate Stéphane Ortelli have become FIA GT Series Champions in Baku. The WRT Audi drivers won the prestigious championship in style with a magnificent victory during the finale in the streets of the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. It's the second important title for Laurens Vanthoor, after winning the German F3 in 2009.

Podium: race winners and champions Stéphane Ortelli, Laurens Vanthoor, second place Rob Bell, Kevin Estre, third place Maximilian Buhk, Alon Day
Podium: race winners and champions Stéphane Ortelli, Laurens Vanthoor, second place Rob Bell, Kevin Estre, third place Maximilian Buhk, Alon Day

Photo by: SRO/VIMAGES/Fabre

It was a thrilling finale in Baku, with a near escape in the first corner for Stéphane Ortelli. The team and both drivers then drove a faultless races and won both the Baku World Challenge and the 2013 FIA GT Series title.

Laurens Vanthoor: "When the team told me over the radio that I was leading the race, I was thinking that they were making a joke. My aim was to bring the car home in one piece, as it was easy to make mistakes. Our aim was to conquer the title and we did it, we, that's Audi, WRT, Stéphane (Ortelli) and all the people supporting us. It feels so fantastic!"

Laurens Vanthoor

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