Narac-Pilet (IMSA) Give First Revenge To Porsche Porsche took its revenge in the first race of the Nurburgring GT Open, as IMSA Performance, Raymond Narac and Patrick Pilet imposed their 911 RSR for the first time this year. The French outfit ...
Narac-Pilet (IMSA) Give First Revenge To Porsche
Porsche took its revenge in the first race of the Nurburgring GT Open, as IMSA Performance, Raymond Narac and Patrick Pilet imposed their 911 RSR for the first time this year. The French outfit after a lively fight with the Ferrari F430 EdilCris of Enrico Toccacelo-Raffaele Giammaria, which came third, and a strong final charge on the F430 of Tim Mullen-Chris Niarchos, who gave CRS Racing its first GT Open podium ever. Kaffer-Barba (AF Ferrari) retain the leadership in the championship but had a difficult day given the high handicap and a slow puncture.
In GTS, French team Luxury Racing took its maiden victory in the series after a faultless race from flag-to-flag by Jean-Philippe Dayraut and Stephane Ortelli. Second was the Kessel Ferrari of Couceiro-Frezza (now co-leading the GTS standings with today's winners) and third the Villois Aston of Lancieri-Lancelotti.
It is sunny and dry at the start of race 1, which sees pleman Kaffer take control ahead of Mullen, Peter, Narac, Toccacelo, Dayraut (who goes off-track in lap 2), Bontempelli and Couceiro, while there is a contact between Dutchmen Versluis and Dijkstra following an overtaking attempt of the forme
The leading Ferraris pull off and start a lively and beautiful fight, with Mullen eventually passing Kaffer(who is suffering a slow puncture) in lap 12, while 11 seconds behind Peter and Narac have an equally heated duel. In GTS, Dayraut is firmly in command, but with a very short margin on Bontempelli, Couceiro, Lancieri and Gruber.
On lap 21, after the driver change (where Kaffer and Narac had to serve the longest handicaps, respectively 30 and 20 seconds), it's Niarchos leading on the CRS Ferrari with 21 seconds over Giammaria and Pilet in full fight, Lietz, Ortelli, Broniszewski, Livio, Frezza, Lancelotti and Scheier.
In lap 24, Giammaria and Pilet exchange positions twice, with the French eventually going through after cutting a little bit a chicane, which infuriates the Italian and opens an investigation by the marshals on the incident. Pilet will pre-empt a sanction by giving back the position gained and retaking second in lap 29. The incident allows Niarchos to keep the lead but Pilet would charge furiously in the closing laps, taking the lead in lap 28 and winning ahead of Niarchos, Giammaria and Lietz. In GTS, Ortelli completes the good work of Dayraut and takes first ahead of Frezza and Lancieri.