Couceiro-GiÃ£o Take First Win! The Portuguese Pair Reach Long-Sought Victory After Perfect Race In Magny-Cours At The Wheel Of Their Autorlando Porsche Championship More Open Than Ever Unexpected Win Of JMB Racing And Mallegol-Bachelier In...
Couceiro-Gião Take First Win!
The Portuguese Pair Reach Long-Sought Victory After Perfect Race In Magny-Cours At The Wheel Of Their Autorlando Porsche
Championship More Open Than Ever
Unexpected Win Of JMB Racing And Mallegol-Bachelier In GTS
At last! Pedro Couceiro and Manuel Gião took their long-awaited, highly-deserved maiden victory in the International GT Open today in Magny-Cours. The Portuguese duo, which clinched no less than eleven podium positions since 2008, today were unbeatable, at the wheel of their Autorlando Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, beating local heroes Narac-Pilet (Porsche IMSA) and Cioci-Perazzini (Megadrive Ferrari).
With the top championship contenders finishing only 5th (Fassler-Camathias) and 6th (Lietz-Roda), the situation in the standings is closer than ever. Lietz-Roda (Autorlando Porsche) still lead, but with only 2 points on Fassler-Camathias (Trottet Ferrari), while Narac-Pilet (IMSA Porsche) are third at 136, Couceiro-Gião (Autorlando Porsche) fifth (122) and Rugolo-Ricci (Advanced Ferrari) fifth with 99.
The GTS race finished with a French victory, as Yannick Mallegol and Jean-Marc Bachelier imposed their JMB Ferrari in an exciting finale that saw the Astons and the Kessel Ferraris suffering from trouble and incidents.
At the start, Pilet took the lead from the pole, preceding Rugolo, Gião, Camathias, Belloc, Cioci, Griffin and Roda, with gaps remaining contained in the first laps. First big change came in lap 9, when Rugolo went slightly ioff into the gravel, slipping down into 9th position, while the two Villois Astons of Guerrero and Wiser were leading in GTS, ahead of the Kessel Ferraris of Bontempelli and Broniszewski. The FR Viper and Corvette didn't take the start, following their respective mechanical failures yesterday.
After the driver change, it's the Autorlando Porsche of Pedro Couceiro leading, ahead of the Megadrive Ferrari of Cioci and the IMSA Porsches of Narac and Belloc, all in 7 seconds, followed by Rugolo, Bamford, Fassler and Lietz.
In GTS, the fight for the victory was superb, with Bontempelli passing the Astons and in excellent position to give the second Kessel car its first victory of the season, but two laps from the end the Italian was forced to pit for a tire change, which seem to leave the way clear to the Aston of Petrini-Guerrero to repeat the success of yesterday (Wiser-Lancieri had already retired with a transmission problem) but a spin in final corners gave the success to the excellent JMB Ferrari of Mallegol-Bachelier.