Kaffer-Barba (AF Ferrari) Retake Control Pierre Kaffer and Alvaro Barba reinforced their leadership in the International GT Open, by clearly imposing (for the third time out of four races this year) their AF Corse Ferrari in the second race in...
Kaffer-Barba (AF Ferrari) Retake Control
Pierre Kaffer and Alvaro Barba reinforced their leadership in the International GT Open, by clearly imposing (for the third time out of four races this year) their AF Corse Ferrari in the second race in the Nurburgring. They beated the two Porsches 911 RSR of Pilet-Narac (IMSA) and Lietz-Roda (Autorlando), which are respectively third and second in the current standings.
The GTS race saw a one-two of the Ferraris of the Luxury Team, with Stephane Ortelli- Jean Philippe Dayraut taking their second win of the weekend ahead of team-mates Johan Boris Scheier-Michael Petit, at the end of a glorious week-end for the French outfit. The Autorlando Porsche of Gruber-Deverikos was third.
After a very rainy morning, the track dries up just in time for the start allowing everybody to race on slicks. Lietz takes immediately the lead, with Pilet also passing Barba on lap 2. Third is Griffin, ahead of Tieman, Giammaria, Scheier and Goodwin. Versluis spins and hits the armco in lap 3.
After 6 laps, Pilet closes up on Lietz and starts his attack, passing the Austrian in lap 7. Shortly after, also Barba starts attacking the Autorlando Porsche. Niarchos stops twice in the pits after hitting debris. In GTS, it's Tiemann controlling the race ahead of Scheier, Lancelotti and Ortelli.
Barba will open the ball of pits stop for driver change on lap 11, with the leaders Pilet and Lietz (separated by 6") stopping in lap 14, while the Phoenix Audi comes back to the pits at slow pace. A drive-through is imposed to Kauffman and Mortimer for non- respect of pit stop procedures.
After the pit stops, Roda leads with 12" on Kaffer, Gerber and Narac, ahead of Peter, Toccacelo and Wiser on the Aston GT2. In GTS, the trio composed of Matthews, Petit and Gruber is in close fight, with the French taking the category lead ahead of the Austrian, and Dayraut catching up everybody to take second place.
In the meantime, Kaffer has joined Roda and takes the lead in lap 20. The last laps see Dayraut passing team-mate Petit to take double win for Luxury in GTS, ahead of the Autorlando Porsche of Gruber. Kaffer wins the race in front of the Porsches of roda and Narac, the Ferraris of Peter and Gerber and the Aston of Wiser, while Moro crashes in the last lap.