Macau GT: Mortara wins after crash decimates field

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Macau GT: Mortara wins after crash decimates field
By: Jack Cozens
Nov 18, 2017, 6:11 AM

Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara won a bizarre FIA GT World Cup qualifying race in Macau in which just eight cars finished.

The race was suspended for more than half an hour after a huge pileup at Police Bend accounted for 12 of the runners from the 20-car field.

Officials issued a restart time of 1320, with the race time extended to 25 minutes.

Maro Engel had been due to head the field on the restart, but his Mercedes-AMG GT3 sat stationary in the pitlane as the remaining cars headed back onto the circuit.

Polesitter Mortara therefore assumed the lead when the race got back underway after two laps behind the safety car, and gradually pulled clear of the chasing BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3 of Augusto Farfus.

Mortara, a three-time winner of the GT race with Audi, eventually won by 1.566 seconds from Farfus, with Raffaele Marciello completing the podium.

Robin Frijns was 17th on the initial start after a brush with a wall in qualifying limited his running, but he was able to return to the pits once the blockage was cleared and brought his Team WRT Audi R8 LMS home in fourth ahead of Australian Supercars regular Chaz Mostert (BMW M6 GT3).

Darryl O'Young and Hiroki Yoshimoto were the other drivers to finish on the lead lap, while Engel did join the race and was classified one lap down.

 

Race results:

Pos.Driver CarTime/Delay 
 Edoardo Mortara Mercedes  1:16'04.117
 Augusto Farfus BMW 1.566
 Raffaele Marciello Mercedes 2.794
 Robin Frijns Audi 4.974
 Chaz Mostert BMW 7.129
 Darryl O'Young Porsche 34.873
 Hiroki Yoshimoto Porsche 1'01.611
 Maro Engel Mercedes 1 lap
NS   Felix Rosenqvist Ferrari
NS   Dani Juncadella Mercedes
NS   Markus Pommer Audi
NS   Laurens Vanthoor Porsche
NS   Fabian Plentz Audi
NS   Tom Blomqvist BMW
NS   Lucas di Grassi Audi
NS   Marco Wittmann BMW
NS   Romain Dumas Porsche
NS   Mirko Bortolotti Lamborghini
NS   Renger van der Zande Honda
NS   Nico Muller Audi
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Series GT
Event FIA GT World Cup: Macau
Location Circuito da Guia
Drivers Edoardo Mortara
Author Jack Cozens
Article type Race report