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GTO: Series Barcelona race 1 report

Sensational Win For Piquet-Parente, Title Battle As Hot As Ever The International GT Open could not dream of a more exciting finale tomorrow in the very last race of the year. With championship leaders Barba-Kaffer scoring no points today, the...

Sensational Win For Piquet-Parente, Title Battle As Hot As Ever

The International GT Open could not dream of a more exciting finale tomorrow in the very last race of the year. With championship leaders Barba-Kaffer scoring no points today, the situation at the top couldn't be close: the AF Corse pair (188 points) has now a one-point lead over Toccacelo-Giammaria (187). The EdilCris pair, today 4th, was the most benefitted today, while the Porsches of Lietz-Roda and Narac Pilet were 5th and 9th. Both are still in the race, with the IMSA pair third with 178 points and the Autorlando fourth with 171.

Today's race saw a superb win of Nelson Piquet and Alvaro Parente, both very impressive, at the wheel of the Ferrari of Portuguese team Aurora. They beat after a heated battle the other F430 of Mullen-Christodolou (CRS) and Peter-Broniszewski (Kessel).

In GTS, Jean-Philippe Dayraut is getting closer to the title. The French driver of Luxury, co-driven by Stephane Ortelli, took second, just behind rivals Marco Frezza-Niki Cadei, and has now an 8-point lead over the Kessel pair, with still 10 points to be awarded tomorrow. Sebastian Loeb and Dani Sordo took an excellent fifth in the class with the Almeras Porsche.

At the start Griffin takes the advantage on Peter, Cerqueda, Piquet, Gene, Mullen, Toccacelo. The fight behind the first two is wonderful, with Cerqueda conceding hard his position and Gene climbing up to third.

First lap sees plenty of drama as championship leader Barba and Collard collide and get out of the race. The AF Ferrari will rejoin the race 6 laps behind. The first part of the race will be dominated by Griffin and Peter, who fight fiercely until the Austrian passes the Irish, with Mullen catching up progressively from behind. The CRS driver will take the lead shortly before the driver change. At that moment, Piquet is third ahead of Toccacelo, the best placed of the title contenders, with Narac 11th and Roda 12th (soon to be penalized with a drive-through for not respecting yellow flags).

After the driver change, is Broniszewski leading with 5 seconds advantage on Christodolou, 14 on Parente and 33 on Giammaria, while Cadei is fifth and first in GTS, followed by Livio (who will soon do two spins) and Ortelli.

In the lead, things are hot with Christodolou and Parente closing on Broniszewski. They both pass him and in lap 34 Parente, after a heated duel, overtakes Christodolou to take a superb win ahead of the other two Ferraris of CRS and Kessel.

In GTS, Cadei keeps the advantage over Ortelli, Makowiecki, Livio and Loeb.

-source: gtopen

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Series GT
Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Nelson Piquet , Alvaro Parente , Jean-Philippe Dayraut , Marco Frezza
Teams AF Corse