Aston Martin GT2 Takes Historic First Win Two podium finishes for Villois Racing and Wiser-Guerrero, who give the Aston Vantage GT2 its firs win ever, as top contenders fail in Race 1 Narac-Pilet (IMSA Porsche) take win in Race 2 and keep title...
Aston Martin GT2 Takes Historic First Win
Two podium finishes for Villois Racing and Wiser-Guerrero, who give the Aston Vantage GT2 its firs win ever, as top contenders fail in Race 1 Narac-Pilet (IMSA Porsche) take win in Race 2 and keep title battle open British teams and Kessel dominate GTS races
Race 1: Day of glory for Villois Racing
The Aston Martin Vantage GT2 of Villois Racing took a wonderful maiden win (the first ever for this model car) on British soil: Max Wiser and Lucas Guerrero won a closely- fought, superb and unpredictable race that saw the three title contenders got out of contention for top positions. The Kessel Ferrari of Philipp Peter-Michal Broniszewski came in second and EdilCris Ferrari of Raffaele Giammaria-Enrico Toccacelo third.
In the GTS class, British teams swept the floor, with the Mtech Ferrari of Duncan Cameron-Matt Griffin winning from the RPM Ford of Peter Bamford-Alex Mortimer and championship leading Luxury Ferrari of Dayraut-Ortelli.
Poleman Mullen is fastest at the start, ahead of Kaffer, Narac, Giammaria, Peter, Wiser, Dayraut, Frezza and Roda. Narac loses two positions when he goes wide in one corner, just to regain his position shortly after. The Frenchman is in good form and he will animate the superb fight at the top with Kaffer and Mullen, who will be passed by both in lap 14.
The CRS Ferrari is losing pace because of its tires and gets overtaken in lap 19 by Giammaria and Peter. Wiser is about to do the same at Pilgrim's but there is contact and Mullen spins losing many positions. In the meantime, Roda's race ends in the gravel after contact with team-mate Gruber (who'll get a drive-through), and the saftey-car has to go out shortly before the driver changes, as the Kessel Ferrari of Frezza (at that time second in GTS behind Dayraut) catches fire.
Strangely, during the safety-car period, Narac crashes into Kaffer and has to retire. At the restart, Kaffer seems in trouble with the gearbox, getting passed by Giammaria and Peter, in close fight for first.
After the driver change is Asch on the Trackspeed Porsche leading ahead of the Viper of Scott, Guerrero, Broniszewski and Toccacelo, but the two British cars have done the pit stop during the safety-car and get penalized with one lap, which leaves the field clear for the Aston GT2's first victory, while Matt Griffin (Mtech Ferrari) wins the final all-British duel in GTS in front of RPM's Ford of Alex Mortimer.
Race 2: Pilet-Narac impose the IMSA Porsche
Patrick Pilet and Raymond Narac won win authority the second race in Brands Hatch ahead of championship leaders Kaffer-Barba (AF Corse Ferrari) and the winner of race 1, the Villois Aston of Wiser-Guerrero. Kessel Racing took victory in GTS, with Stefano Livio and Lorenzo Bontempelli, in the second win of the year for the Italian pair.
Poleman Pilet keeps the advantage at the starts and is first at first lap ahead of Barba, Guerrero, Toccacelo, Lietz, Goodwin and Ortelli, who will soon stop with a mute car along the track, while Niarchos and Deverikos have contact and get trapped in the gravel at Druids. That prompts the safety-car out for a couple of laps. The race restarts but only for one lap as the Kessel Ferrari catches fire again, like in race 1.
After the yellow period and the driver change, is still Narac in the lead, with 3 seconds of advantage on Kaffer, then Giammaria, Wiser, Roda, Peter and Bontempelli, who leads in GTS ahead of Ashburn (who makes a spin), Cameron and Bamford, while Viper of Wilkins, retired in lap 23 when he was third.
The situation will not change much, with Narac resisting well ahead of Kaffer. The final battle for third was won by the Villois Aston, with Wiser taking the a second podium after Giammaria goes wide in a corner.