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GT Open: Series Valencia race 2 report

Double win of Barba-Kaffer with the Ferrari in Valencia The AF Corse duo, solid first leader of the 2010 GT Open Ceccato-Salucci, brilliant winners in GTS under the rain Alvaro Barba and Pierre Kaffer repeated yesterday's victory in the ...

Double win of Barba-Kaffer with the Ferrari in Valencia

The AF Corse duo, solid first leader of the 2010 GT Open Ceccato-Salucci, brilliant winners in GTS under the rain

Alvaro Barba and Pierre Kaffer repeated yesterday's victory in the second Valencia race, taking control in the overall standings and giving their boss, Amato Ferrari a perfect birthday present. Dry weather eventually graced this race, allowing the Porsches to improve their handling. Pilet-Narac, on the IMSA machine, finished second and the Autorlando car of Lietz-Roda fourth, sandwiching the Aurora F430 of Lopez-Giao.

Pilet took the lead at the start but was not be able to build a big gap on Kaffer, Aguas, Lietz and Mullen (whose bonnet will soon start to open), while Giao, Giammaria and Kaufmann fight closely for sixth. Gaps among the top cars remain very tight, and positions stable, with only Cruz Martins climbing up positions.

In lap 16, when driver change have started (and Kaffer has stopped), Aguas manages to pass Pilet, who is then overtaken also by Lietz but regains his position soon after, starting a beautiful duel with Lietz.

After all pit stops, Narac leads by 3" on Roda, Barba, Gerber, Lopez, Niarchos and Toccacelo. With Barba closing up on the two leading Porsches, the final part of the race keeps its promises: the Spaniard will pass Roda on lap 21 and take the lead from Narac on lap 24, to catch a second consecutive win for AF Corse. The Aurora Ferrari of Cruz Martins will cross the line second but lose three positions for not having served the entire handicap. In the last lap, a contact between Toccacelo and Gerber leaves both out of the top ten.

Dramatic win in rain-soaked GTS race for Ceccato-Salucci (Kessel)

Italians Andrea Ceccato and Uccio Salucci, on one of the Kessel Racing's Ferrari F430 Scuderia (the one bearing the legendary nr.46 of their friend Valentino Rossi) took an unexpected and brilliant win in GTS' Race 2, in front of team- mates Livio-Bontempelli and the Phoenix Audi R8 of Tieman-Matthews, which dominated the first stint. The race was rain-soaked and had a dramatic finale, when the leading Ferrari of Dayrault suffered a mechanical failure and Ceccato overtook Livio after a furious fight.

Tiemann takes the lead at the start in front of Frezza, Bontempelli, Ortelli, Lancieri, Scheier and Salucci, on a very wet track where visibility is an issuer. The Autorlando Porsche of Gruber goes off track on lap 2, remaining trapped in the gravel for a moment, as does Frezza in lap 5, while Scheier passes Lancieri for fourth.

The Audi dominates until the pit-stop. After all driver changes are done, Matthews has to let Dayrault take the lead but he resists the attacks of Ceccato. There is a slight contact between the two and in lap 20, and Livio takes the opportunity to pass both for second. The two Kessels are now chasing the leading Luxury Ferrari and fighting between themselves.

The end of the race is spectacular, with Dayrault suffering a drive-shaft failure and Ceccato overtaking and touching Livio a few corners from the flag, to take a superb victory, as he did two years ago here, in similar conditions with the Racing Box Lambo. The Audi is third ahead of the Villois Aston, the second Luxury car and the RPM Ford GT, while Escamez-Monzon win among Spanish championship contenders with their Lambo Gallardo.

-source: gtopen

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Series GT
Drivers Pierre Kaffer , Andrea Ceccato
Teams AF Corse