Pilet-Narac (IMSA Porsche) Repeat Win It will be a thrilling finale of the International GT Open next week-end in Portimao, as today's race in Barcelona re-balanced the situation at the top of the standings. Patrick Pilet-Raymond Narac completed...
Pilet-Narac (IMSA Porsche) Repeat Win
It will be a thrilling finale of the International GT Open next week-end in Portimao, as today's race in Barcelona re-balanced the situation at the top of the standings. Patrick Pilet-Raymond Narac completed a triumphant week-end, winning again on the IMSA Porsche, ahead of Monfardini-Frezza, on the podium again with the Vittoria Ferrari, and Lietz-Roda on the Autorlando Porsche, while championship leaders Fassler-Camathias couldn't do better than 9th, following a slow puncture that forced them to a pit stop. With 44 points still to be awarded in the last round, Fassler-Camathias now lead the overall standings with 207 points, while Lietz-Roda have 188 and Pilet-Narac 174.
The Barcelona race, on the other hand, crowned the GTS Champions: second place was enough for Philipp Peter-Michal Broniszewski to clinch mathematical certainty of winning the category on the Kessel Racing Ferrari. The Austro-Polish pair is now ready for bigger adventures. Today's GTS win was for debuting Audi R8 of Phoenix Racing, after an impeccable race by Andrea Piccini-Jean Denis Deletraz.
At the start, Pilet defends well the pole position from Lietz, taking the lead ahead of the Austrian, Belloc (who spins in lap 5), Frezza, Camathias, Makowiecki, De Castro, Tutumlu, Carol, Cameron, Cioci, Bonetti and A.Piccini. While Pilet flies away building quickly an advantage over 6 seconds, the attention focuses on the beautiful climb-up of the Audi of Andrea Piccini, who enjoys a nice duel with the surprising SunRed of Turkish-Spanish Isaac Tutumlu.
It's a bad day for the Villois Astons, both out of contention after a few laps because of mechanical problems, while De Castro suffers a puncture and Ceccato, who was fourth in GTS, remains stuck in the pit-lane with a broken transmission as he comes in for the driver change.
There is more drama soon after the driver change, as championship leader Fassler has to come in to change the left rear wheel. After handicaps, it's Narac just ahead of Roda, Monfardini, Perazzini and Deletraz, who now leads in GTS with the Audi, and Aguas. The two runner-ups in GTS, Cameron and Dayraut collide on lap 20 (with the French spinning) and again in the last lap.
In the lead, no major issues for Narac, while Monfardini has passed Roda for second and Perazzini spins but keeps fourth ahead of the GTS-winning Audi, while Peter secures the GTS title and Fassler grabs the last point of the 9th position.