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WEC 2017 - DOBRADINHA TOYOTA EM FUJI

 

 A Toyota faz dobradinha em Fuji/WEC, mas os pilotos da Porsche estão a um terceiro lugar do título em Xangai. Já nos construtores, se a Toyota fizer 1-2 e pole na prova chinesa ainda adia a consagração da Porsche para o Bahrain. Mas se um dos Porsche vencer em Xangai, basta o outro terminar a corrida para a marca alemã conquistar de imediato o terceiro título de marcas. 

 

GRASSER LAMBORGHINI CAMPEÃO

 

GRASSER LAMBORGHINI, CAMPEÃO DA BLANCPAIN GT

a174 Copya175 Copya176 Copy A GRT Grasser Racing Team venceu o título 2017 da Blancpain GT e da Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, graças a uma terceira posição na corrida final da prova, celebrada no passado fim-de-semana em Barcelona.

 

Este resultado garantiu aos pilotos do Lamborghini Huracan GT3 da GRT Grasser Racing Team, Mirkko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart e Andrea Caldarelli, o título de resistência, enquanto a dupla titular nas corridas sprint, formada por Bortolotti e Engelhart, se proclamou vencedora do troféu absoluto Blancpain GT, que engloba o desempenho conjunto nas corridas curtas e de resistência.

 

Grasser finalizou a sua temporada quase perfeita com o troféu reservado às equipas, embora a vitória por equipas da Endurance Cup tenha ido parar à Bentley Team M-Sport – troféu de consolação para uma formação que almejava a vitória absoluta com Vincent Abril, Maxime Soulet e Andy Soucek.

 

A vitória em Barcelona pertenceu ao Mercedes-AMG GT3 número 88 da AKKA ASP. A fórmula residiu na estratégia do primeiro turno, durante o qual o piloto espanhol Dani Juncadella alongou ao máximo a durabilidade dos Pirelli P Zero DHD para dar o salto para a liderança após arrancar na quarta posição da grelha. Os seus companheiros Felix Serralles e Tristan Vautier mantiveram desde então o comando à frente do Audi R8 LMS número 17 da equipa WRT Audi, autor da pole e pilotado por Stuart Leonard, Jake Dennis e Robin Frijns. Ambos os carros cruzaram a bandeira axadrezada separados por apenas 0,719 segundos após três horas de competição.

Declarações:

Matteo Braga, Manager de Atividades do Circuito da Pirelli: “Apesar das características do circuito de Barcelona, que é muito exigente em matéria de consistência dos pneus, pudemos assistir a uma batalha pela liderança muito uniforme entre diferentes marcas. Os cinco primeiros classificados extraíram o máximo rendimento dos seus pneus em todos os momentos, lutando por posições até à última volta. As condições foram muito instáveis este fim-de-semana, com uma saída muito delicada para quem optou por arrancar com pneus slick sobre um asfalto molhado. Apesar disso, registaram-se muito poucas saídas de pista, demonstrando a adaptabilidade do nosso produto a tão difíceis condições. Felicito os campeões de todas as categorias e a todos os que contribuíram para tão grande espetáculo esta temporada.”

 

Andrea Caldarelli (GRT Grasser Racing Team, #63 Lamborghini Huracan GT3): “Realizámos uma temporada excecional, com muito poucos erros, e este foi o resultado. Sinto-me particularmente orgulhoso do que conquistámos. Juntei-me à equipa no mês de março e nunca havia participado numa prova GT3. Nesta corrida desfrutei bastante do meu turno: ao início, a luta com os rivais foi muito bonita, e após superar este período, o desafio foi manter a terceira posição. Não sofremos uma degradação dos pneus particulamente grande e, pelo contrário, mostraram bastante consistência ao longo da totalidade do turno.”

O dado do dia:

Os títulos alcançados pela GRT Grasser Racing Team são os primeiros para a Lamborghini na Blancpain GT. A relação do famoso fabricante de supercarros italiano com a Pirelli remonta a 1963, quando Ferruccio Lamborghini solicitou à Pirelli a possibilidade de fornecer pneus para o primeiro veículo criado pela marca. Atualmente, a Pirelli equipa todos os novos modelos da Lamborghini, incluindo o Huracan.

O número do campeonato:

6.309. O número de quilómetros em corrida completados pelo Lamborghini #63 campeão ao longo da totalidade do campeonato.

 

NOVO HONDA NSX GT 3 ESTREIA EM MACAU

 

Honda NSX GT3 to contest FIA GT World Cup in Macau

 

 

Honda are delighted to announce an entry into the FIA GT World Cup, to take place during the 64th Macau Grand Prix weekend on November 16-19*.

A single Honda NSX GT3 will be fielded by Honda Motor at the world’s most prestigious sprint event for GT racing cars, which takes place alongside the FIA World Touring Car Championship and FIA Formula 3 World Cup.

The NSX GT3 will be raced by Renger van der Zande, who has been one of Europe’s most-successful sportscar racers of the past two seasons.

Van der Zande was the 2016 LMPC Champion in North America’s IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship as well as finishing second overall at the Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hour races, winning his class at Petit Le Mans and securing a podium result at the Sebring 12 Hours.

This year he has scored outright victories in IMSA’s Prototype division and in Germany’s ADAC GT Masters series plus a podium at the Daytona 24 Hours to add to a CV that includes race wins in the Pirelli World Challenge, International GT Open, F3 Euro Series, British Formula 3 Championship and Formula Renault Germany.

The 31-year-old Dutchman brings a wealth of Macau experience to the team, having raced on the 6.1-kilometre circuit on eight occasions. He has twice finished inside the top five of the Formula 3 Grand Prix and in 2014 was the runner-up in the GT3 contest.

Honda will use the FIA GT World Cup to showcase the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme – which was launched at the Spa 24 Hours in July and commences next year – to a global audience.

Twelve examples of the car, which scored victories in IMSA and the Pirelli World Challenge in North America this year, will be built in time for the 2018 racing season.

Sales and technical support for customers will be provided by HPD in North America, Mugen in Japan and JAS Motorsport in the rest of the world.

The FIA GT World Cup is the most prestigious GT sprint race in the world and brings together more than examples of the finest GT3 racing cars from the world’s top manufacturers and race teams. Stefano Fini of JAS Motorsport will act as Team Director for the event.

*Subject to publication of official entry list by the FIA.

 

Renger van der Zande

Driver

“I’ve shared a track with the NSX GT3 in the IMSA Sports Car Championship this year and had noticed how stunning it is to look at, so to be able to drive the manufacturer car for Honda at Macau is an incredible opportunity for me. Macau is the perfect place to showcase a car like this because the circuit has everything, and with my experience of racing there eight times, I’m sure we can put on a good show for Honda and for the fans. I will test the car in Italy in the coming days and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”

- Honda Racing

 

Masashi Yamamoto

General Manager Motorsport Division, Honda Motor

“The FIA GT World Cup will be the latest high-profile event for the Honda NSX GT3 and we are very excited. The car, which will be the centrepiece of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme from 2018, was designed and built with racing in mind and has been tested and developed extensively in race conditions this year on some of the toughest racetracks in the USA; scoring deserved victories in the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge. In Renger van der Zande we have a driver of sportscar championship-winning pedigree and plenty of experience of running in Macau. With these two factors combined, we expect a strong display.”

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Stefano Fini

JAS Motorsport

“We are very excited to enter the GT World Cup, in addition to participating in the World Touring Car Championship at Macau. Honda has just started its NSX GT3 global sales programme for the 2018 season and we are very grateful that the FIA and promoter have given us the green light to enter this prestigious event. Established in 1954, the Macau Grand Prix is now also a top showcase for GT racing and our target is to put on a good showing with Renger van der Zande, an international sportscar championship-winning driver with lots of experience of GT3 machinery and of the Guia circuit. Our hope is that participation in this event with the NSX GT3 will create greater interest in GT racing globally.”

- Honda Racing

 

OPEN GT

OPEN GT

 

Augusto Farfus  (com Lourenço Beirão da Veiga) faz a pole para a corrida 2 do GT Open. Miguel Ramos sai de 3. Quem venham vitória e pódios.

 

GT OPEN EM MONZA

 

Beirão-Farfus win Race 2, in perfect 1-2 for Teo Martín’s BMWs

 

Second win of the year for the Portuguese, this time paired with Brazilian star

Bouveng-Rueda take 2nd and are now only 5 points behind championship leader Venturini (today 6th) ahead of last round

Teo Martín reopens Teams’ title fight and is only 2 points behind Imperiale

Mac-Ramos (Spirit of Race Ferrari) take 3rd in final battle

1-2 for the Garage 59 McLarens in Pro-Am, with Ledogar-West as winners

Coimbra-Silva (Sports&You) heading to Am title after fourth race win

 

The Teo Martín BMWs lived a round Sunday in Monza, taking a perfect 1-2, with Lourenço Beirão conquering his second win, this time associated with Augusto Farfus, in front of team mates Fran Rueda-Victor Bouveng, who are reducing their gap in the standings. The young duo is now only 5 points behind Giovanni Venturini, only 6th today, leaving all the title fight drama alive for the final round in Barcelona. The Spanish squad also reopened the fight in the Teams’ standings, as it now is only 2 points behind Imperiale Racing.

 

Mikkel Mac-Miguel Ramos were third on the Spirit of Race Ferrari, while in Pro-Am there was another 1-2, for the Garage 59 McLarens of Côme Ledogar-Alexander West and Michael Benham-Duncan Tappy. Liuzzi-Hamaguchi (FFF Racing Lambo) took third. In Am, Antonio Coimbra-Luis Silva (Sports&You Mercedes) signed their fourth success of the season, beating the SF Racing Ferrari of Fu Songyang-Gabriel Lancieri and reinforcing their class leadership.

 

Beirão-Farfus win Race 2, in perfect 1-2 for Teo Martín’s BMWs 
Second win of the year for the Portuguese, this time paired with Brazilian star 
Bouveng-Rueda take 2nd and are now only 5 points behind championship leader Venturini (today 6th) ahead of last round
Teo Martín reopens Teams’ title fight and is only 2 points behind Imperiale
Mac-Ramos (Spirit of Race Ferrari) take 3rd in final battle
1-2 for the Garage 59 McLarens in Pro-Am, with Ledogar-West as winners
Coimbra-Silva (Sports&You) heading to Am title after fourth race win 

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The Teo Martín BMWs lived a round Sunday in Monza, taking a perfect 1-2, with Lourenço Beirão conquering his second win, this time associated with Augusto Farfus, in front of team mates Fran Rueda-Victor Bouveng, who are reducing their gap in the standings. The young duo is now only 5 points behind Giovanni Venturini, only 6th today, leaving all the title fight drama alive for the final round in Barcelona. The Spanish squad also reopened the fight in the Teams’ standings, as it now is only 2 points behind Imperiale Racing.
Mikkel Mac-Miguel Ramos were third on the Spirit of Race Ferrari, while in Pro-Am there was another 1-2, for the Garage 59 McLarens of Côme Ledogar-Alexander West and Michael Benham-Duncan Tappy. Liuzzi-Hamaguchi (FFF Racing Lambo) took third. In Am, Antonio Coimbra-Luis Silva (Sports&You Mercedes) signed their fourth success of the season, beating the SF Racing Ferrari of Fu Songyang-Gabriel Lancieri and reinforcing their class leadership. 
THE RACE – Poleman Farfus keeps good control of everything at the start, leading over Lledogar, Rueda, Mac, Morris, Costa, Venturini, Giammaria and Lancieri. There is a contact at the back of the group at La Roggia, with Konrad being hit and sent to the wall. The MS Mercedes bounces back on the track collecting Fontana and Liberati. Only Fontana would rejoin the race after a 4-lap pit stop for repairs. 
 
 
 
 
Positions and gaps stay stable in the top-10, with the show being on Mac who gets closer and closer to Rueda, but nothing will happen until the driver change. After all pit stops, in lap 19, Beirão leads with 3 seconds over West, 6” on Bouveng and 9” bon Ramos.  Fromlmenwiler is fifth ahead of Dolby, Biagi, Mapelli and Fu Songyang, first in Am.
Bouveng passes country-fellow West at the end of lap 22, while Dolby takes 5th from Frommenwiler one lap later. Shortly after, Ramos takes 3rd from West and Mapelli passes team mate Biagi for 7th. In lap 25, Dolby takes 4th from West. 
Last laps see a nice fight between Ramos and Dolby for third, with the two changing positions a couple of times; eventually Ramos keeps the advantage. Costa is 6th ahead of Venturini, West, Biagi, Tappy and Liuzzi, while in the closing laps Coimbra passes Songyang to take another win in Am. 
 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 12 OF 14
Overall: 1. Venturini, 97 points; 2. Rueda-Bouveng, 92; 3. Costa-Frommenwiler, 83; 4. Biagi, 81; 5. Ramos-Mac, 78; 6. D.Farnbacher, 57; 7. Beirão, 52; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 68 points; 2. Perazzini, 56; 3. West-Ledogar, 52; 4. Cioci, Pierburg, 50; 6. Benham-Tappy, 42; etc...  GT-Am: 1. Silva Sardinha-Coimbra Da Costa, 43 points; 2. Hrachowina-Konrad, 34; 3. Moiseev-Rizzo, 32; 4. Basso, 30; 5. Figueiredo, 17; etc...    Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 82 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 80; 3. Emil Frey Racing, 47; 4. Spirit of Race, 42; 5. Farnbacher Racing, 33; 6. Garage59, 26; etc…   

 

GT OPEN EM MONZA

 

Wessex’s ‘old’ Gallardo stuns again, as Dolby-Morris win at Monza

British duo beats Venturini-Mapelli (Imperiale Racing Huracán) in Lambo duel

Balfe-Bell (Balfe McLaren) take 3rd and win in Pro-Am

Third success for points leaders Coimbra-Silva (Sports&You) and all-Mercedes podium in GT-Am

Venturini now leads standings with 12 points over Rueda-Bouveng (Teo Martín BMW), today 4th

 

They did it again! Just like at Silverstone last year, the Wessex Vehicles Lamborghini Gallardo REX pipped everybody, making a perfect use of the power qualities of its car. Nigel Mustill’s team took its second GT Open win with Craig Dolby, who had put the car in first row in the morning, and former GP3 young gun Seb Morris. The British duo beat the Imperiale Racing Lambo of championship leader Giovanni Venturini, paired with Marco Mapelli, and the Balfe Mclaren of Shaun Balfe and pole-sitter Rob Bell.

In the championship standings, Venturini exgended his advantage to 12 points over Fran Rueda-Victor Bouveng (Teo Martín BMW), today excellent fourth, 14 over Thomas Biagi (today 7th) and 15 over Costa-Frommenwiler, whose Emil Frey Racing Lexus today couldn’t do better than 10th.

Balfe-Bell won in Pro-Am ahead of the other McLaren of West-Ledogar (Garage59) and the SPS Mercedes of Pierburg-Onslow Cole. In GT-Am, Luis Silva-Antonio Coimbra took a lights-to-flag win, resisting the final charge of Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Mercedes) to give Sports&You its third success of the season. Basso-Figueiredo) completed the all-Mercedes podium.

 

Wessex’s ‘old’ Gallardo stuns again, as Dolby-Morris win at Monza
British duo beats Venturini-Mapelli (Imperiale Racing Huracán) in Lambo duel
Balfe-Bell (Balfe McLaren) take 3rd and win in Pro-Am
Third success for points leaders Coimbra-Silva (Sports&You) and all-Mercedes podium in GT-Am
Venturini now leads standings with 12 points over Rueda-Bouveng (Teo Martín BMW), today 4th 
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They did it again! Just like at Silverstone last year, the Wessex Vehicles Lamborghini Gallardo REX pipped everybody, making a perfect use of the power qualities of its car. Nigel Mustill’s team took its second GT Open win with Craig Dolby, who had put the car in first row in the morning, and former GP3 young gun Seb Morris. The British duo beat the Imperiale Racing Lambo of championship leader Giovanni Venturini, paired with Marco Mapelli, and the Balfe Mclaren of Shaun Balfe and pole-sitter Rob Bell. 
In the championship standings, Venturini exgended his advantage to 12 points over Fran Rueda-Victor Bouveng (Teo Martín BMW), today excellent fourth, 14 over Thomas Biagi (today 7th) and 15 over Costa-Frommenwiler, whose Emil Frey Racing Lexus today couldn’t do better than 10th. 
Balfe-Bell won in Pro-Am ahead of the other McLaren of West-Ledogar (Garage59) and the SPS Mercedes of Pierburg-Onslow Cole. In GT-Am, Luis Silva-Antonio Coimbra took a lights-to-flag win, resisting the final charge of Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Mercedes) to give Sports&You its third success of the season. Basso-Figueiredo) completed the all-Mercedes podium.
THE RACE – Dolby outpaces everybody at the start and takes the lead while there is some rubbing between Bell and Bouveng at first corner, with many cars cutting the first chicane, including two of the Imperiale cars: Postiglione and Mapelli have had contacts and the former’s car has lost a big piece of front bodywork. 
 
 
Dolby leads ahead of Bouveng, Bell, Mapelli, M.Farnbacher, Beirão, Frommenwiler, Onslow-Cole, Liuzzi and Tappy. Mapelli passes Bell in lap 3. In lap 6, a small mistake by Bouveng at second chicane allows Mapelli to take second, with also Bell attacking the Swede, while Pampanini spins and Tappy takes tenth having passed Postiglione and Biagi. The three will easily pass Liuzzi shortly after. 
By lap 10, Mapelli is very close to Dolby and will manage to outbrake him at the first chicane in lap 16. Immediately after start the driver changes. After all pit stops, Balfe leads with 1.7 second over Morris, who takes the lead in lap 24, Venturini is third, ahead of Rueda, Pierburg, Fontana, Mac, D.Farnbacher, Liberati, Farfus and Giammaria. Silva is first in Am after a very good stint of Coimbra. Soon after there is a collision between Calamia and D.Farnbacher at the Prima Variante, with both cars out and narrowly avoided by others.
In lap 26, Venturini takes second from Balfe. Rueda is fourth ahead of Mac, Fontana, Farfus, Giammaria, Ledogar and Liberati. In the lead, Morris increases his advantage to 4 seconds over Venturini. In lap 32, Farfus is forced to the pits with a broken rear right suspension. Mac is fifth ahead of Fontana attacked by Ledogar (who passes in lap 34) and Giammaria.  
The race ends with no further drama, with Morris controlling well his advantage on Venturini and Balfe, Rueda, Mac and Ledogar. 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 11 OF 14
Overall: 1. Venturini, 92 points; 2. Rueda-Bouveng, 80; 3. Biagi, 78; 4. Costa-Frommenwiler, 77; 5. Ramos-Mac, 68; 6. D.Farnbacher, 57; 7. Bell-Balfe, 50; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 66 points; 2. Perazzini, 52; 3. Cioci, 50; 4. Pierburg, 47; 5. West-Ledogar, 42; 6. Hahn, 36; 7. Onslow-Cole, 35; etc...  GT-Am: 1. Silva Sardinha-Coimbra Da Costa, 38 points; 2. Hrachowina-Konrad, 34; 3. Moiseev-Rizzo, 34; 4. Basso, 30; 5. Figueiredo, 17; etc...    Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 80 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 62; 3. Emil Frey Racing, 44; 4. Spirit of Race, 36; 5. Farnbacher Racing, 33; 6. Garage59, 26; etc…

 

TF SPORT NO BLANCPAIN

 

Champions TF Sport look to cap off Blancpain Endurance Cup in style

 

TF Sport heads to the season finale of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this weekend (30 September – 1 October) in Barcelona having already wrapped up the Pro-Am Drivers’ Championship and with Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al Harthy as well as the Teams’ title.

Having won at Monza and secured runner-up positions at Silverstone, Paul Ricard and 24 Hours of Spa, the final round offers the opportunity of yet more Silverware. European Le Mans Series driver Salih Yoluc joins the team once again, and the Turkish racer has a chance to secure the runner-up position having missed the first two rounds of the championship.
 
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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
 
"We’ve had a fantastic season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. We’re going to Spain with the same mentality as ever and that is to make sure we finish and to finish as high up as we can. If we can make it five podiums from five races, all the better.”
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Jonny Adam
 
“The championship is done for us, we obviously won at Spa which is brilliant for Ahmad and TF Sport, so it was superb to wrap that up early. Now we are hoping to give Salih the chance to finish second in the drivers’ championship. Barcelona, I’ve not race there that much but the Aston always goes well there, so with a good qualifying session, we should be able to get a good result.”
 
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Salih Yoluc

“The goal is to finish on the championship podium, second place would be nice! The race goal itself is to step up on the podium of course. Last year we were quite unlucky with a DNF here but in general, I like the circuit. Tough and technical. I like the boys (Jonny and Ahmad) and we always had fun and success so far, so it's mega to be racing with then again.”
 

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Ahmad Al Harthy
 
“Everything has gone so well this season, Jonny is an amazing team-mate to have and the guys from TF Sport who prepare the Oman Racing Aston Martin have done an incredible job. We’re determined to end the season on a high in Barcelona, it’s a new challenge for me but one I really am looking forward to. If we can make it five podiums from five races that really would be something special.”
First practice gets underway Saturday morning at 09.30 local time, with pre-qualifying at 16.40. Qualifying is Sunday at 09:00 and the three-hour race gets underway at 15:00.
 
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GRELHA EXCELENTE

GRELHA EXCELENTE

 

 

Os carros para a final do Blancpain GT (e alguns Fórmula...)

 

GT OPEN EM MONZA

A caminho de Monza, o “Templo” da Velocidade.

Ainda que tudo continue em aberto no que diz respeito aos lugares cimeiros da classificação do International GT Open, avizinha-se um fim de semana muito difícil para o nosso Ferrari #488 na disputa das 11ª e 12ª corridas do ano.

A corrida de Silverstone provou que a alteração do BOP (Balance of Performance) a meio da temporada, desvirtuou completamente o equilíbrio existente até então, prejudicando de forma drástica os Ferrari par...ticipantes neste Campeonato.

Eu e o Mikkel estamos preparados para a luta com as condições que temos. Monza é um circuito muito rápido e onde normalmente os Ferrari andam bem. Só mesmo o BOP nos pode prejudicar, mas… veremos. Estou confiante numa boa prestação. Uma coisa é certa, com a Ferrari a “jogar” em casa, não duvido que vamos ter o habitual apoio incondicional dos “Tiffosi” em Monza.

Classificação do Campeonato após as 10 corridas já disputadas
1 – Giovanni Venturini (Lamborghini) - 80 pts
2 – Alberto Costa / Philipp Frommenwiller (Lexus) – 76 pts
3 – Thomas Biaggi (Lamborghini) – 74 pts
4 – Fran Rueda / Victor Bouveng (BMW) – 72 pts
5 – Miguel Ramos / Mikkel Mac (Ferrari) – 62 pts

A Euroformula Open acompanha o GT Open em todos os eventos, enriquecendo assim o programa. Adicionalmente para este evento Em Monza, a KIA Lotos Race, a Trofeo Super Cup e a Radical European Master, ajudarão a proporcionar um grande espetáculo. As Race 1 do International GT Open, poderá ser vista em diferido às 3:30 de domingo na SportTV1, e a Race 2 em direto a partir das 13:00h de domingo na SportTV1, 

Horário Previsto C.E.T. (-1 em Portugal)

Sábado, 30 de setembro
10:55 – 11:25 Euroformula Open Qualifying 1
11:35 – 12:05 International GT Open Qualifying 1
15:15 – Euroformula Open Race 1 (16 laps máx 35’)
16:15 – 17:25 International GT Open Race 1 (70’) 

Domingo, 1 de outubro
09:35 – 10:05 Euroformula Open Qualifying 2
10:15 – 10:45 International GT Open Qualifying 2
13:15 – Euroformula Open Race 2 (15 laps máx 35’)
14:15 – 15:15 International GT Open Race 2 (60’) Live na SportTV1 

Photo by FOTOSPEEDY

 

SEGUNDO A INFORMAÇÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

  1. Que corrida em Laguna Seca. Três classes IMSA disputadas até ao final das 2h40m. João Barbosa caiu para 5º na penúltima volta, altura em que Van der Zande fez um "Zanardi" no Corkscrew, passando Cameron. O holandês levou assim o Ligier do Visit Florida que dividiu com Marc Goosens ao triunfo, numa corrida que parecia destinada aos Cadillac (e os Taylor).
    No campeonato, Barbosa e Fittipaldi caem para 3ºs, perdendo uma posição para os companheiros do #31 da Action Express por apenas 1 pontos. Mas os 30 pontos que os manos Taylor levam de avanço para o Petit Le Mans graças ao 3º posto na Califórnia, fazem com que, basicamente, precisem apenas de acabar a última prova da temporada para chegar ao título.

 

PARENTE PRESENTE NAS 8 HORAS

ALVARO PARENTE NAS 8 HORAS DA CALIFORNIA

 

O piloto portugues Alvaro Parente vai alinhar nas 8 Horas da Califórnia com o McLaren da K-PAX na companhia de Sellers e Barnicoat. A prova do International GT Challenge tem lugar a 15 de Outubro, na pista de Laguna Seca.

 

GT OPEN EM MONZA

  1. Sem Tiago MOnteiro e António Felix da Costa disponíveis, Lourenço Beirão da Veiga volta a ter Farfus como parceiro.

 

GT OPEN EM MONZA

 

Italian fans ready to enjoy a great Monza round

An all-Italian package, Venturini (Imperiale Racing Lamborghini) arrives at home event as championship leader with narrow advantage (4 points)

Costa-Frommenwiler (E.Frey Lexus), the other Imperiale Lambo of Biagi, Rueda-Bouveng (Teo Martín BMW) and Ramos-Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari) ready to defend fiercely their title chances

Teams representing McLaren (Pro-Am) and Mercedes (Am) in best position in the other classes

26-car entry sees some driver changes and a second SPS Mercedes

Porsche back with Polish outfit Lukas Motorsport

“Monza, eccoci!” (Monza, here we come!): one of the most traditional, awaited and well-attended rounds of the International GT Open is around the corner. The legendary Autodromo Nazionale and the last days of summer in Lombardy are ready to welcome a series that has never missed the appointment with Monza, precisely the circuit where it all started in 2006. Italian teams and drivers have always been one of the driving forces of the International GT Open; that, and the well-known passion for racing of Italian fans, explains the special excitement that always surrounds this round.

There is another reason to that as well: the position in the calendar, as the penultimate round, always adds the extra ‘heat’ of title battles reaching the defining moment. It won’t be any different this year, on the contrary, as the championship is being as closely-fought as it could be. (…)


Italian fans ready to enjoy a great Monza round 
An all-Italian package, Venturini (Imperiale Racing Lamborghini) arrives at home event as championship leader with narrow advantage (4 points)
Costa-Frommenwiler (E.Frey Lexus), the other Imperiale Lambo of Biagi, RuedaBouveng (Teo Martín BMW) and Ramos-Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari) ready to defend fiercely their title chances
Teams representing McLaren (Pro-Am) and Mercedes (Am) in best position in the other classes
26-car entry sees some driver changes and a second SPS Mercedes
Porsche back with Polish outfit Lukas Motorsport
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“Monza, eccoci!” (Monza, here we come!): one of the most traditional, awaited and well-attended rounds of the International GT Open is around the corner. The legendary Autodromo Nazionale and the last days of summer in Lombardy are ready to welcome a series that has never missed the appointment with Monza, precisely the circuit where it all started in 2006. Italian teams and drivers have always been one of the driving forces of the International GT Open; that, and the well-known passion for racing of Italian fans, explains the special excitement that always surrounds this round. 
There is another reason to that as well: the position in the calendar, as the penultimate round, always adds the extra ‘heat’ of title battles reaching the defining moment. It won’t be any different this year, on the contrary, as the championship is being as closely-fought as it could be. An all-Italian package, Giovanni Venturini on an Imperiale Racing Lamborghini Huracán, will arrive at home race as the sole leader, but his advantage on the second is only 4 points. Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, with the Emil Frey Racing Lexus RC F, which proved to be the “surprise” of the year and have collected more race wins (3) than any other pair, are ready to challenge the standings leader, with other serious contenders right behind. 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Biagi, the other ace of Imperiale Racing, is only 6 points behind Venturini, while the duo of fast youngsters composed of Fran Rueda and Victor Bouveng, with the Teo Martín Motorsport BMW M6, are 2 points further aback only. Still in the race also Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac, on the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488, 18 points from the top, while the other Lexus RC F of the Farnbacher brothers hasn’t said its last word.
In the Pro-Am battle, Shaun Balfe-Rob Bell with their McLaren 650 S, are now 6 points clear from Piergiuseppe Perazzini-Marco Cioci (AF Corse Ferrari), but everything is still possible. With Cioci taken by other commitments, pairing with “Eppe” will be this time Irish star Matt Griffin, a long-time regular of the GT Open.
In the Am standings, it’s all extremely tight, with four contenders within 6 points. António Coimbra-Luis Silva, the Portuguese pair of the Sports&You Mercedes, lead by only one point over Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) and 3 over the other Mercedes by MS Racing of Austrians Martin Konrad-Alex Hrachowina, with Brazil’s Marcio Basso (Sports&You), here pairing again with Nonô Figueiredo, only 6 points further aback. 
Things look a bit easier, in the Teams’ standings, for Imperiale Racing, which has a 14-point lead over BMW Team Teo Martín, especially since the Italian squad has expanded its representation to three cars. Venturini-Mapelli, Biagi-Giammaria and Postiglione-Fontana will again be entered at Monza. The other Huracans in contention will be the Ratón Racing car of Liberati-Ling, the returning Konrad Motorsport machine of Still-Scheuschner and the FFF Racing unit of Hiroshi Hamaguchi and local hero (and former F.1 racer) Tonio Liuzzi. To complete the Lambo delegation, Wessex Racing is on third outing this season with its fast Gallardo Rex, with Craig Dolby and Sebastian Morris. 
Another team expanding representation for Monza is SPS Automotive Performance, the German squad which has been shining in Pro-Am with Pierburg-Onslow Cole. A second Mercedes AMG is being entered for Swiss duo Roberto Pampanini-Mauro Calamia, with the latter joining from Solaris Motorsport. The Italian Aston won’t be fielded in this round, as well the FF Corse Ferrari and the Jordan Racing Bentley.
 
 
 
On the contrary, Porsche is making a very welcome come-back to the series thanks to Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport, which will make history as the first-ever Polish team to contest the GT Open. Robert Lukas and Croatia’s Zeljko Drmić will be at the wheel. 
Being in Italy, the Prancing Horse will want to keep up with its legend. While Ramos-Mac, Perazzini-Griffin and Moiseev-Rizzo seem the best placed to shine in their respective categories, Maranello has also a second ace in Am with the blackblue 488 of SF Racing, where Fu Songyang will this time be associated with a driver still to be announced, as Andrea Caldarelli is taken elsewhere.  
Mercedes is the brand best-represented brand in the Am category. On top of Sports&You and MS Racing, which total three cars, Lechner Racing is back with its AMG for Mario Plachutta-Thomas Jäger and drivex School continues to sport the Brazilian flag, with Marcelo Hahn again paired with Allan Hellmeister in this occasion. 
McLaren is, this year, bidding in the Pro-Am category, and at Monza will be again represented by its usual three cars. Besides the Balfe Motorsposrt that leads the class standings, Garage 59 is back to its standard two-car entry, with BenhamTappy rejoining West-Ledogar after missing the Silverstone round. 
Last but not least, BMW Team Teo Martín will again field a lusophone top star alongside Lourenço Beirão in the sister car of Rueda-Bouveng’s, but won’t reveal his name until next week. After António Da Costa (twice), Nelsinho Piquet, Augusto Farfus and Tiago Monteiro, who’s turn will it be? 
At Monza, the fans will enjoy a rich race programme, with the Euroformula Open bringing, as usual, the excitement of singleseater racing alongside the GT Open, and the Radical European Masters partnering again with GT Sport series. On their side, Poland’s KIA Lotos Race and Italy’s Trofeo Super Cup providing close racing. 
All the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major national broadcasters in key countries such as UK (BT Sport), Italy (Sportitalia), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Russia, CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), Poland (PolSat Sport TV) and Central Europe (Digisport in CZ, SK, HU and RO), among others. In addition, international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend on demand. Races are also livestreamed in English and Italian with commentary by Ben Evans and Antonio Caruccio, respectively, on our website www.gtopen.net. 
 
 
GT Open Round 6: Monza, Italy
 
Timetable  (All times local, CET)
 
Friday 29th September 2017 11:20-12:20 Free Practice 1 15:15-16:15 Free Practice 2 17:25-18:05 Free Practice 3 (Bronze drivers) Saturday 30th September 2017  11:35-12:05 Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 16:15-17:25 Race 1 (70’ - Rolling Start) Sunday 1st October 2017 09:35-10:15 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 14:15-15:15 Race 2 (60’ - Rolling Start)
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 10 OF 14
Overall: 1. Venturini, 80 points; 2. Costa-Frommenwiler, 76; 3. Biagi, 74; 4. Rueda-Bouveng, 72; 5. Ramos-Mac, 62; 6. D.Farnbacher, 57; 7. M.Farnbacher, 49; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 56 points; 2. Cioci-Perazzini, 50; 3. Pierburg, 41; 4. Hahn, 36; 5. West-Ledogar, 34; 6. Benham-Tappy, Witt-Meadows, 30; etc...  GT-Am: 1. Silva Sardinha-Coimbra Da Costa, 33 points; 2. Rizzo-Moiseev, 32; 3. Hrachowina-Konrad, 30; 4. Basso, 27; 5. Figueiredo, 14; etc...    Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 72 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 58; 3. Emil Frey Racing, 44; 4. Spirit of Race, . Farnbacher Racing, 33; 6. Garage59, 24; etc…   
 
The 2017 Calendar
30 April: Estoril (P) 28 May:  Spa-Francorchamps (B) 11 June: Circuit Paul Ricard (F) 02 July:  Hungaroring (H) 03 Sept: Silverstone (GB) 01 Oct:  Monza (I) 29 Oct:  Barcelona-Catalunya (E)
 

 

VILLORBA CORSE EM SPA

 

Cetilar Villorba Corse seeksrevenge in the 4 Hours of Spa

 

First LMP2 attempt in Belgium for the Italian team with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Belicchi andthe #47 Dallara

 

a681 Copya682 Copya683 Copya684 Copy.Cetilar Villorba Corseseeks revenge in the fifth round of the 2017 European Le Mans Seriesto be held this weekend in Belgium.Italian teamis ready for the 4 Hours of Spa, expected to be one of the most demanding events of the seasonfor racing driversRoberto Lacorte, Giorgio SernagiottoandAndrea Belicchion the #47DallaraP217 Gibson. After their amazing debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Championship last June, the squad led by Raimondo Amadio had not an easy summer season back in the European series with a retire with no blame at the Red Bull Ring and a difficult comeback at Le Castellet. Now it is time to face the challenging Belgian track for the first time in the LMP2 class and to be concrete again to score important points. Thirty-five cars will compete in Spa: on Sunday, September 24, the race will start at 12:00 CET (live streaming on www.europeanlemansseries.com).

 

Team Principal Amadiosays:No doubt that there is a strong desire to take revenge after last results, but we are well aware that our LMP2 debut in Spa is going to be very demanding. Getting back on this track, where we had great results in GT racing, always represents a must for a team like ours sothe guys feel a special motivation to do well at their first attempt with Dallara. And we hope that this time luck can give us a little help during the weekend.

 

LAMBORGHINI APRESENTA

 

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TF SPORT NO ELMS

 

TF Sport set for the ELMS, British GT double


With the British GT season finale taking place at Donington Park and the European Le Mans Series set for the penultimate round at Spa Francorchamps, the coming weekend (23-24 September) will be a busy one for TF Sport.

Second position last time out at Paul Ricard saw TF Sport extend their LM GTE advantage at the head of the European Le Mans Series standings to nine points. Heading to Belgium, the British-based team are well-aware that there are still 50 points to play for.
 
Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim have already secured a victory and three further podium positions so far in the #90 Aston Martin Vantage V8. Recent rounds have seen the trio battling hard for podium positions, something they hope to be in a position to improve on this time out. In addition to the ELMS round, the team are on track at Donington in the UK for the final round of the British GT Championship.  
 
Featuring a stunning new livery on the #1 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam sit fourth in the standings, the former openly admitting that this is his favourite circuit by far, and with one win already this year, the duo are aiming to cap off the season on a high.  Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes are just 4.5 points shy in fifth position, and following a successful test at Donington Park, Farmer is bullish ahead of the final two-hour endurance race.
 
“We’ve got a busy weekend ahead with the twin programme,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “At Spa in the ELMS, we’ll be under pressure for a good result as we think the championship will almost certainly go down to the wire in Portimao. So as ever, the aim is secure a podium and if possible finish ahead of our main two rivals.
 
“In British GT, it’s been a difficult season, but overall, we have been competitive, just not showing the race-winning pace of last year. We’ll see if we can end the campaign with a strong result to give us a boost over the off-season.”
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GALERIA DE IMAGENS

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OPEN GT NO ESTORIL

 

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PARENTE AO ATAQUE

 

Álvaro Parente ao ataque dos títulos

 

Álvaro Parente disputa no próximo fim-de-semana a derradeira etapa do Pirelli World Challenge, chegando a Sonoma em condições de lutar pelos títulos deste ano, depois de em 2016 se ter sagrado Campeão Americano de Carros de GT.

O português conquistou o seu espaço na principal competição norte-americana dedicada a viaturas de Grande Turismo desde o primeiro momento em que atravessou o Atlântico e, após uma época extraordinária que o levou à conquista do ceptro na última volta da última corrida de 2016, este ano é, uma vez mais, um forte contendor na luta pelo triunfo no Campeonato de Pilotos na versão Sprint GT– composta apenas pelas corridas disputadas por um piloto por carro – e na GT – que engloba todas as provas.

Apesar do caracter decisivo da ronda do circuito de doze curvas e 4,060 quilómetros, Álvaro Parente encara as provas do próximo fim-de-semana da mesma forma que todas as outras. “Não faz muito sentido olhar para Sonoma de uma forma distinta. Julgo que este ano maximizámos todo o potencial do McLaren 650S, ainda mais que em 2016, que continua a ter um conjunto de performances que ultrapassa aquilo que podemos demonstrar em pista. Portanto, vamos continuar a dar o nosso melhor no próximo fim-de-semana”, afirmou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Em segundo lugar em ambos os certames, a estratégia de Álvaro Parente é clara no que diz respeito ao evento de Sonoma. “Não creio que exista espaço para grandes planos, como se viu no ano passado. O nosso objectivo, como sempre, é vencer ambas as corridas, depois fazemos as contas. Neste circuito o arranque é muito importante, dado que as primeiras curvas proporcionam alguns toques que é necessário evitar. Por outro lado, a gestão do desgaste dos pneus será também muito importante. São, portanto, muitos factores a ter em conta, valendo de pouco fazer planos. O nosso plano é dar o máximo em cada momento”, frisou o português.

Álvaro Parente está no segundo lugar de ambos os campeonatos, a vinte e oito pontos do líder na vertente GT, e a cinco na vertente Sprint GT, quando estão em liça cinquenta e dois. O programa de Sonoma inicia-se na próxima sexta-feira, realizando-se a primeira corrida no sábado e a segunda no domingo, podendo ambas ser acompanhadas através do website do campeonato: world-challenge.com/streamvideo.a441 Copy

 

VILLORBA CORSE NA ALEMANHA

 

Villorba Corse in the fight for GT4 European Series AM title at Nurburgring

 

Italian squad to battle with Fascicolo / Dall'Antonia and Manuela Gostner on Maserati GranTurismo MC in the season finale from September 15 to 17.Meloni / Tresoldi andChodzen / Chodzen complete the team line-up

 

a417 Copya418 Copy.The GT4 European Series Northern Cup is all set for the season finale at Nurburgring. With the AM championships still wide open, two fascinating races on the 5148 km Grand Prix circuit are expected this weekend. Four drivers can still win the AM title. Among them Villorba Corse drivers Giuseppe Fascicolo, Romy Dall'Antonia and Manuela Gostner. The Italian team led by Raimondo Amadio will line up the #77 Maserati GranTurismo MC for the first two, who won last race held at Slovakiaring but still have to close a 15-point gap from championship leader, and the #93 car for Manuela Gostner, the first woman driver able to score a victory for the team at the Red Bull Ring this year and capable to win again in race 1 at Slovakiaring. At the moment she is fourth in the standings, 20 points from the lead.

In addition to AM title contenders, other two crews will represent Villorba Corse in the last round of the season: Paolo Meloni / Massimiliano Tresoldi in theSilver Cup category and Polish drivers Piotr and Antoni Chodzen in Pro-Am. A grand total of 38 cars has been entered for the showdown in Germany. Action starts on Friday with two free practice sessions; a busy Saturday will follow with two qualifying session and race-1 at 16:55hrs, while race-2 will be held on Sunday at 11:00hrs.

 

Team Principal Amadio says:Nurburgring will be the final battle of a very long and intense championship and everything is still open. Going to Germany with the maximum concentration willing to do our best and catch important points trying to win the title. We are well aware that it is going to be very demanding, but we are confident that our crews and cars can keep up with the challenge and our international racing reputation.

 

GT4 European Series 2017 Northern Cup calendar:Apr. 2 Misano(ITA); May 7 Brands Hatch(GBR); June 11 Red Bull Ring (AUT); July 16 Slovakia Ring(SVK); Aug 20 Zandvoort(NED); Sept 17 Nurburgring (DEU).

 

FELIX DS COSTA DE REGRESSO AO BLANCPAIN

  1. António Felix da Costa regressa ao BMW nr #99 para a final do Blancpain Sprint em Nurburgring. E terá um novo companheiro - Jens Klingmann substitui Philipp Eng.
    Para ver em directo, no Eurosport 2, domingo às 14:15.

 

BMW VAI APRESENTAR EM FRANKFURT

BMW VAI APRESENTAR NOVO M8 GTE-PRO EM FRANKFURT

 

 

  1. Quem tem um olho é rei! BMW depois mostrará a "cara e o corpo" do M8 GTE-PRO no Salão de Frankfurt.

 

RECUPERAÇÃO PARA PARENTE

Recuperação mantém Álvaro Parente na luta pelos títulos

 

Álvaro Parente terminou a ronda do Circuit of the Americas do Pirelli World Challenge com uma recuperação notável, que o levou desde o décimo terceiro lugar da grelha de partida até ao quarto posto final, o que o mantém na luta pelos dois títulos em liça.

A passagem pelo circuito situado nos arredores de Austin não foi fácil para o Campeão Americano de Carros de GT, e hoje teria mais uma difícil tarefa pela frente, uma vez que o seu colega de equipa, Ben Barnicoat, alinhou com o McLaren 650S amarelo da K-PAX Racing na sétima linha da grelha de partida.

Contudo, a dupla luso-inglesa encetou uma recuperação extraordinária que o levou até ao quarto lugar final, tendo Álvaro Parente realizado ainda uma aproximação ao terceiro classificado, mas acabou por não ter tempo para montar um verdadeiro ataque ao pódio.

Ainda assim, o português estava satisfeito com o resultado alcançado. “Demos o máximo ao longo de toda a corrida. Todos estivemos muito bem e conseguimos recuperar bastante, o que foi muito importante para podermos alcançar o quarto posto final. Mais uma vez, era o máximo que podíamos alcançar”, sublinhou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Apesar de um fim-de-semana difícil, Álvaro Parente chega à corrida que terminará a temporada, que se realiza dentro de duas semanas em Sonoma, com possibilidades de revalidar o ceptro que conquistou o ano passado. “A nossa passagem por Austin não foi o mais bem-sucedido no que diz respeito aos resultados que estamos habituados, mas conseguimos manter-nos na corrida pelos títulos – da geral e no de GT Sprint. Agora o mais importante é trabalharmos afincadamente para chegarmos a Sonoma o mais competitivos possível”, apontou com convicção o português.a254 Copy

 

24 HORAS DE PORTIMÃO

24 HORAS DE PORTIMÃO

 

FERRARI LEVOU A MELHOR NESTA MARATONA EM PORTIMÃO

 

O Ferrari 488 de PIsarik-Kral-Lucelli, foi o brihante vencedor da edição deste ano das 24 HOras de POrtimão, tendo atrás de si outro FErari de Weiss-Kainz-Menzel, ficando o pódio completo pelo Mercedes AMG GT 3 de Kroll-Kroll - Egimann - Frakenout.

 

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WEC2018

 

WEC 2018

 

  1. Tandy e Bamber regressam aos 911 para o Petit Le Mans.

 

CONTESTAÇÃO DE REGULAMENTOS NO GT OPEN

BOP’s, lastros, handicaps e afins.

 

Volte-face no Campeonato com claro favorecimento aos BMW, Lamborghini e Lexus.

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Após o Hungaroring, o GT Open estava equilibradíssimo com uma tremenda luta pela liderança, na qual estava envolvido o piloto Português - Miguel Ramos. Entretanto antes da prova disputada este fim de semana, a organização do Campeonato, decidiu proceder a algumas alterações em termos do BOP, o que prejudicou drasticamente os Ferrari, enquanto pelo contrário favoreceu bastante os BMW, Lamborghini e Lexus. “É lamentável, a potência que nos retiraram e o peso extra que nos colocaram, foi um total absurdo. O nosso Ferrari perdia quase 10km/h o que num circuito deste tipo é dramático. Um Campeonato que estava muito equilibrado como mostrava a tabela de classificação durante a primeira metade da época, deixou agora de estar tendo a organização “abatido” os Ferrari. Fomos quase empurrados para a segunda metade do pelotão como prova o melhor que conseguimos este fim de semana com este miserável 9º lugar. É lamentável perder assim a liderança do Campeonato e apenas um milagre nos permitirá recuperar, uma vez que faltam apenas 2 provas, Monza e Barcelona”, comentou um desanimado Miguel Ramos após a corrida desta tarde em Silverstone.

Classificação provisória do Campeonato após Silverstone

1 – Giovanni Venturini (Lamborghini) - 80 pts

2– Alberto Costa / Philipp Frommenwiller (Lexus) – 76 pts

3 – Thomas Biaggi (Lamborghini) – 74 pts

4 – Fran Rueda / Victor Bouveng (BMW) – 72 pts

5 – Miguel Ramos / Mikkel Mac (Ferrari) – 62 pts

A próxima prova do GT Open terá lugar em Monza (Itália) a 30 de setembro / 1 de outubro.

Calendário 2017

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/portugal_flag.jpg    Estoril 29 - 30 de Abril

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/belgium_flag.jpg    Spa 27 - 28 de Maio

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/france_flag.jpg    Paul Ricard 10 – 11 de Junho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/hungary_flag.jpg    Hungaroring 1 – 2 de Julho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/england_flag.jpg    Silverstone 2 – 3 de Setembro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/italy_flag.jpg   Monza 30 Set – 1 de Outubro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/spain_flag.jpg    Barcelona 28 – 29 de Outubro

 

GT OPEN EM SILVERSTONE

 

Costa-Frommenwiler (Emil Frey Lexus) take lights-to-flag win

Third success of the year for the Spanish-Swiss duo, now 3rd in the overall standings

Imperiale Racing Lambos take 2nd (Venturini-Mapelli) and 3rd (Biagi-Giammaria) reinforcing its lead in the Drivers’ and Teams’ standings

Brits shine in Pro-Am, as Balfe-Bell (Balfe McLaren) win and take class lead

Da Costa-Sardinha (Sports&You) and Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing) confirm Mercedes’ dominance in Am and get tied at the top 

Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler took their third win of the year at the wheel of the Emil Frey Racing Lexus RC F, today in Race 1 at Silverstone, dominating the race lights to flag and reducing to 6 points their gap to the top position in the overall standings. Alone in the lead is now Giovanni Venturini, today second at the wheel of the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini Huracan now shared with Marco Mapelli. The Italian team put on the podium also the car of Thomas Biagi-Raffaele Giammaria.

British racers dominated the Pro-Am, with Shaun Balfe-Rob Bell (Balfe McLaren) taking the win and the championship leadership, after beating Tom Onslow-Cole –Valentin Pierburg (SPS Automotive Mercedes) and the Jordan Racing Bentley of Jordan Witt-Michael Meadows.

In Am, Manuel Da Costa-Miguel Sardinha (Sports&You Mercedes) took their second win of the year ahead of Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing Mercedes), with the two pairs now tied at the top of the standings, ahead of Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari), today third.  



Costa-Frommenwiler (Emil Frey Lexus) take lights-to-flag win 
Third success of the year for the Spanish-Swiss duo, now 3rd in the overall standings
Imperiale Racing Lambos take 2nd (Venturini-Mapelli) and 3rd (Biagi-Giammaria) reinforcing its lead in the Drivers’ and Teams’ standings 
Brits shine in Pro-Am, as Balfe-Bell (Balfe McLaren) win and take class lead
Da Costa-Sardinha (Sports&You) and Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing) confirm Mercedes’ dominance in Am and get tied at the top  
Silverstone, 2nd September 2017 
Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler took their third win of the year at the wheel of the Emil Frey Racing Lexus RC F, today in Race 1 at Silverstone, dominating the race lights to flag and reducing to 6 points their gap to the top position in the overall standings. Alone in the lead is now Giovanni Venturini, today second at the wheel of the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini Huracan now shared with Marco Mapelli. The Italian team put on the podium also the car of Thomas Biagi-Raffaele Giammaria. 
British racers dominated the Pro-Am, with Shaun Balfe-Rob Bell (Balfe McLaren) taking the win and the championship leadership, after beating Tom Onslow-Cole –Valentin Pierburg (SPS Automotive Mercedes) and the Jordan Racing Bentley of Jordan Witt-Michael Meadows. 
In Am, Manuel Da Costa-Miguel Sardinha (Sports&You Mercedes) took their second win of the year ahead of Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing Mercedes), with the two pairs now tied at the top of the standings, ahead of Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari), today third.   
THE RACE - Excellent start for poleman Costa who leads ahead of Mapelli, Onslow-Cole, Keen, Bouveng, Bell, Biagi, Dolby, Cioci and Sini.  Moiseev spins in lap 1, while there is some rubbing between Beirão and Fontana for 12th. In the lead, Costa and Mapelli pull away easily and already have a 9-second advantage by lap 4, while Onslow-Cole is third ahead of Keen pressed by Bouveng. M.Farnbacher passes Sini for 10th but there is a contact between the two.
Positions then stabilize, with the nicest battle shifting to the Fontana-Liberati duel for P13. Driver changes start in lap 15, with Bouveng, Fontana, Ramos and Hahn stopping first. Back on track, the BMW of Rueda manages to hold for a while Costa and Mapelli, who are now very close. The Italian though has to serve the 15-sec handicap for new entry. 
 
 
 
After all changes (lap 20), Frommenwiler leads by 11 seconds on Venturini, 27 on Pierburg and 34 on Giammaria, with Balfe, Perazzini, Ratcliffe, D.Farnbacher and Rueda following. In Am, Da Costa and Konrad are within one second. The gap between Frommenwiler and Venturini  stabilizes around 10 seconds, while Giammaria takes third from Pierburg in lap 24. The fun is in the fight for 6th between Perazzini, Ratcliffe, D.Farnbacher and Rueda soon joined by Félix Da Costa and Meadows. It’s Farnbacher emerging up to 5th, crossing the line ahead of Pierburg, Félix DA Costa, Ratcliffe, Rueda, Calamia and Perazzni, who got a 3-second penalty for not serving the entire handicap. In Am, it’s victory for Da Costa ahead of Konrad and Rizzo. 
The winners said
Albert Costa: “It was a very good day for us. A perfect lap in qualifying gave us the pole, which was a crucial advantage in the first stint. We saved new tires for the race, but probably made a mistake with the tire pressure, so the end of my stint was a little bit difficult, with some handling problems. Luckily, Philipp made a prefect job in his stint.”
Philipp Frommenwiler: “With about ten seconds of advantage after the pit stop, my mission was to keep everything under control, and it went well. The team did a perfect job to give us a great car and it’s nice to be back in the high end of the standings.”
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 9 OF 14
Overall: 1. Venturini, 72 points; 2. Biagi, 70; 3. Costa-Frommenwiler, 66; 4. Rueda-Bouveng, Ramos-Mac, 60; 6. D.Farnbacher, 52; 7. M.Farnbacher, 44; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 50 points; 2. Cioci-Perazzini; 3. Pierburg, 38; 4. Hahn, 36; 5. West-Ledogar, 34; etc...  GT-Am: 1. Hrachowina-Konrad, Silva Sardinha-Coimbra Da Costa, 30 points; 3. Rizzo-Moiseev, 27; 4. Basso, 23; 5. Balbiani, 13; etc...    Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 65 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 40; 3. Emil Frey Racing, 38; 4. Spirit of Race, 33; 5. Farnbacher Racing, 31; 6. Garage59, 24; etc…   
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TF SPORT EM PAUL RICARD

 

TF Sport battle to second position at ELMS Paul Ricard

TF Sport faced a tough challenge this weekend as the European Le Mans Series visited Paul Ricard for the fourth round of the championship (25-27 August, 2017). Despite one or two minor setbacks, the team performed flawlessly and departed from the south of France with an extended nine-point championship lead and the runner-up LMGTE position.

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The race weekend got off to a good start with the team topping the first free practice session with Nicki Thiim completing simulated qualifying runs. When it counted though the team was left somewhat disappointed with fifth position on the grid. However, race day dawned hotter than ever and with tyre wear a factor at Paul Ricard, the team was confident they could make a move towards the front.

Salih Yoluc started the race, but was almost immediately in trouble as a rival LMP2 car made contact with the #90 Aston Martin, spinning Yoluc around and dropping him some distance to the back of the field. Frustrated, Yoluc battled on and closed down the deficit to those ahead.

Euan Hankey took over for the second stint and despite damage to the front end of the car, made inroads on those ahead, pitting and handing over to Thiim.

Thiim was quickly up to speed, passing the Beechdean Aston Martin for third position and then set about closing the gap to the car ahead. Hankey took over for the final run to the flag and made short work of passing the #69 entry with an aggressive pass into the chicane.
 
With 30 minutes remaining, it was just a case of bringing the car home in a fine second position and in doing so, extending the championship lead with just two rounds left.

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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
 
“That was another very tough race. We seem to be having quite a few of those recently but again we worked well and hard as a team and we got a good result from the weekend. Salih, Euan and Nicki all drove well again and the team are really working well to get the best from the package we can run.”
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Salih Yoluc, driver #90 B
 
"It was a difficult stint for me as I got turned around by an LMP2 car at turn five – the same place as (a similar situation) in the Blancpain race here, so that was frustrating and really compromised my stint. The guys did a good job after that and I’m delighted we finished ahead of the #66 car as we take some points from them in the championship. It’s not the result we wanted but it’s still good for the championship points."
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Euan Hankey, driver #90 S
 
“The car had some front-end damage which I didn’t know about in my first stint and I got stuck behind an LMP3 car and I destroyed the front tyres. In the second stint, I could manage my tyre wear so much better, I didn’t get stuck behind anyone other than the battle with the #66 car and when I had the opportunity I just went for it! Good job.”
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Nicki Thiim, driver #90 P
 
“It was a nice comeback I must say. Salih had some problems but that’s how it is in multi-class racing, that’s why we love it. We then lost half a minute in the first yellow and from there it was just catching up. Euan did a good stint and got us up to P3 and then again in the last stint to get us P2. We had a really hard broken lady in the Aston, missing all of the dive planes which wasn’t ideal as the GT cars use a lot of aero. P2 was really good and we extend the championship lead. The next one at Spa will be even tougher and I hope there will be some changes (Balance of Performance) there.”

 

 

 

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SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

 

SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DE JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

 

  1. A procissão de Hungaroring valeu por nos dar um grande final de Blancpain Sprint Series em Nurburgring - 5 equipas de pilotos cabem em 6 pontos, com carros da Mercedes, Audi e Lamborghini. O resto, pouca história. Só foi pena a Strakka ter relógios estragados porque Álvaro Parente lá arranjou maneira de trazer o McLaren até ao Top 10 (antes da penalização por paragem antes de tempo).

 

GT OPEN EM INGLATERRA

 

Silverstone ready to host the “battle of England”!

Five teams (representing Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW and Lexus) within 14 points in close battle for the overall title 

Strong British presence in the 26-car strong field, with Balfe Motorsport, Garage 59, Jordan Racing and FF Corse joined by Wessex Vehicles and the debuting LMM Mercedes of Ratcliffe-Keen

Short lead in the other classes for Ferrari (Pro-Am) and Mercedes (Am) cars

 

The summer isn’t over yet, but holidays are! The International GT Open community is ready and anxious to resume track activity in one week from now. For the fifth round of the season, it will be crossing the Channel up to Silverstone, one of the legendary cradles of motor racing.

The British round of the series has now a good tradition of visiting the Grand Prix track in Northamptonshire and British fans have become over the years some of the most enthusiastic followers of the GT Open. They will have a lot to enjoy this year, as the series is living one of the most interesting and closely-fought editions in recent years, and the 26-car strong field looks tremendously top-quality.

 

Silverstone ready to host the “battle of England”! 
Five teams (representing Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW and Lexus) within 14 points in close battle for the overall title  
Strong British presence in the 26-car strong field, with Balfe Motorsport, Garage 59, Jordan Racing and FF Corse joined by Wessex Vehicles and the debuting LMM Mercedes of Ratcliffe-Keen
Short lead in the other classes for Ferrari (Pro-Am) and Mercedes (Am) cars 
 
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The summer isn’t over yet, but holidays are! The International GT Open community is ready and anxious to resume track activity in one week from now. For the fifth round of the season, it will be crossing the Channel up to Silverstone, one of the legendary cradles of motor racing. 
The British round of the series has now a good tradition of visiting the Grand Prix track in Northamptonshire and British fans have become over the years some of the most enthusiastic followers of the GT Open. They will have a lot to enjoy this year, as the series is living one of the most interesting and closely-fought editions in recent years, and the 26-car strong field looks tremendously top-quality. 
The fight for the titles is entering its crucial phase and sees no less than five driver pairs in excellent position (within only 14 points) at the top of the standings. To further underline the situation, first position sees a tie. Thomas Biagi and Giovanni Venturini, who lead Lamborghini’s efforts with the Huracán of Imperiale Racing, have the same number of points (60) as Miguel Ramos and Mikkel Mac with the spirit of Race Ferrari 488. Two points behind, young guns Victor Bouveng and Fran Rueda are a close second, driving the BMW M6 of Teo Martín Motorsport. Together with Albert costa – Philipp Frommenwiler (Emil Frey Racing Lexus RC F), who lye in fourth, they are the only ones to have won two races so far. In fifth position is the other Lexus of the Farnbacher family, confirming the excellent debut of new Japanese racer. It is to be noted that the Farnbacher brothers are now split in points, with Dominik ahead of Mario, who missed one event because of a clashing commitment. 
 
 
The Pro-Am category also sees thrilling competition, with Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) having a minimal advantage (2 points) over the Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Shaun Balfe-Rob Bell. No doubt that the British outfit will be wanting to reverse the situation in their home race. 
In the Am category, the game is even tighter, as the MS Racing Mercedes of Austrians Alexander Hrachowina-Martin Konrad has a single point gap over the sister AMG car of Portuguese Silva Sardinha-Coimbra Da Costa (Sports&You), the reigning champions, while the Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo is just two points from the top. 
Needless to say, Silverstone is going to see some hot action in all the classes! No surprise then that some of the top contenders are furbishing their weapons. Imperiale Racing will bring to the UK round a third car, with a top line-up to be revealed mid-next week. This will bring the number of Huracans up to five, including the Ratón Racing (Liberati-Ling) one and the car of FFF Racing for Hiroshi Hamaguchi and former F.1 star Tonio Liuzzi.
As expected, the British representation will be conspicuous in the Midlands, on top of regular contenders which include the McLarens 650 S of Balfe Motorsport, already mentioned above, and Garage 59 (with Michael Benham-Duncan Tappy as the local hero pair), the FF Corse Ferrari 488 of Ivor Dunbar-Johnny Mowlem, and the Jordan Racing Bentley of Jordan Witt-Michael Meadows, which rejoins the series after the engine blow at Ricard. Among drivers, Tom Onslow-Cole will be again sharing with Velentin Pierburg the SPS Mercedes. 
Back for a second seasonal outing is the Wessex Vehicles Lamborghini Gallardo REX. The enthusiastic Salisbury-based outfit appeared in Spa earlier this season but had to withdraw after Race 1 because of a chassis issue. The machine is now perfectly fit to attempt to repeat last year’s stunning win (in Race 1) and will be entrusted to Craig Dolby and Riki Christodoulou. 
Silverstone will also see the debut of Lee Mowle Motorsport (LMM), with its Mercedes AMG, in view of a possible full campaign next year. The Wimbledon-based squad enters young Welshman Ryan Ratcliffe and GT star Phil Keen, who will be doing his come-back to a series that has seen him as a top contender in 2015-16. 
 
 
 
 
 
Among non-British contenders, there are also some facts to be noted. The Solaris Aston Martin is back, after intense testing during the summer, and so are to their respective seats Andrea Caldarelli (SF Racing), Nonô Figuereido (Sports&You) and Allam Khodair (Drivex), while for the second time this year António Félix Da Costa will be the stellar driver in the Teo Martín BMW #51, alongside Lourenço Beirão. 
GT Open’s Silverstone weekend (which will start with an optional 2-hour private testing session on Friday morning) will also see in action, as customary, the Euroformula Open, with the Radical European Master bringing the additional excitement of close sportscar racing. 
All the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major national broadcasters in key countries such as UK (BT Sport), Italy (Sportitalia), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Russia, CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), Poland (PolSat Sport TV) and Central Europe (Digisport in CZ, SK, HU and RO), among others. In addition, international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend on demand. Races are also livestreamed in English and Italian with commentary by Ben Evans and Marco Cortesi, respectively, on our website www.gtopen.net. 
 
GT Open Round 5: Silverstone, United Kingdom
 
Timetable  (All times local, CET-1)
 
Friday 1st September 2017 09:00-11:00 Private test 13:26-14:26 Free Practice 1 16:20-17:20 Free Practice 3 Saturday 2nd September 2017  09:15-10:05 Free Practice 3 (Bronze drivers only) 11:20-11:50 Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 15:15-16:15 Race 1 (70’ - Rolling Start) Sunday 3rd September 2017 09:00-09:30 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 13:15-14:15 Race 2 (60’ - Rolling Start)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 14
Overall: 1. Biagi-Venturini, Ramos-Mac, 60 points; 3. Bouveng-Rueda, 58; 4. Costa-Frommenwiler, 51; 5. D. Farnbacher, 46; 6. M.Farnbacher, 38; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Cioci-Perazzini, 42 points; 2. Bell-Balfe, 40 points; 3. West-Ledogar, 34; 4. Hahn, 33; 5. Pierburg, Tappy-Benham, 30; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Hrachowina-Konrad, 26 points; 2. Silva-Coimbra, 25; 3. Rizzo-Moiseev, 24 points; 4. Basso, 21; 5.  Balbiani, 13; 6. Figueiredo, 8; etc   Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 51 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 40; 3. Spirit of Race, 33; 4. Farnbacher Racing, Emil Frey Racing, 28; 6. Garage59, 24; etc…   
 
 
The 2017 Calendar
30 April: Estoril (P) 28 May:  Spa-Francorchamps (B) 11 June: Circuit Paul Ricard (F) 02 July:  Hungaroring (H) 03 Sept: Silverstone (GB) 01 Oct:  Monza (I) 29 Oct:  Barcelona-Catalunya (E)

 

SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

 

  1. Impossivel de não partilhar. And take a shot...

 

ALTERAÇÕES NA EQUIPA DA BMW

ALTERAÇÕES NA EQUIPA DA BMW

 

ANTÓNIO FELIX DA COSTA DE FORA DESTA CORRIDA

 

 

  1. O BMW nr 99 da Rowe fica fora do Blancpain Sprint no Hungaroring por causa dos danos na prova do VLN no fim-de-semana. Eng passa para o #98 e António Félix da Costa estará ausente.

 

TF SPORT EM PAUL RICARD

 

TF Sport chasing Paul Ricard ELMS victory as title race closes up

 

TF Sport head to Circuit Paul Ricard this week (25-27 August, 2017) for the fourth round of the European Le Mans Series. With a first, second and third positions in the last three races, the British-based team lead the LMGTE championship with 59 points, six clear of nearest rival JMW Motorsport.

Last time out in Austria, TF Sport secured third place after a fantastic battle for position with Nicki Thiim fending off those behind to take the final step on the podium by 0.3s; a result that very much felt like a race win for the team.
 
Thiim is again joined by regular teammates Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey for the 4 Heures du Castellet and the team are confident that the circuit should be better suited to their package
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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“We’re in a tight battle for the championship. We’re at the half-way point with three races remaining, so we need to make sure that first we finish, and secondly, we maximise the points in every round. The race at the Red Bull Ring was difficult for us, but we held on to score 15 points which was important. We’d like to think we can do a little better at Paul Ricard, but it’s always hard to predict. As ever, we prepare as best as we can and we’ll see what the weekend brings.”

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Salih Yoluc

“The aim is to extend our championship lead by winning in Paul Ricard, because this is a track the Vantage should be good at due to the characteristics of the track. I'm really hoping we will get some fair BoP (Balance of Performance) break from the organisers to have a better chance. I personally quite enjoy that track and always got good results there in tough races. I’ve not had a win there and that’s something I hope to get sorted this time!”

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Euan Hankey

“I’m very much looking forward to Paul Ricard. The track has well-suited both myself and Salih in the past and the same goes for the Aston Martin. I think our BoP might not still be the best but we will - as ever - fight hard for every point possible!”

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CRAFT BAMBOO EM FUJI

 

Modell back on the podium with Craft-Bamboo Racing at Fuji


On his first visit to Fuji Speedway, Devon Modell scored a sensational second position, narrowly missing out on victory by less than two-seconds as the Blancpain GT Asia series met for the fourth round of the championship in Japan (18-20 August, 2017).

Teaming up once again with Nick Foster in the #88 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 991 GT3R, Modell acclimatised to the circuit in Friday practice, putting in over 30 laps over the two sessions. Foster qualified the car for the first race, claiming pole position.
 
The start however saw Foster pushed wide at the first turn, dropping down to ninth position. A charging drive followed as he worked his way back up to third position and handed over to his teammate. Modell subsequently gained second position in the stop and then closed the gap to the leader and took the chequered flag just 1.4s behind.
 
“Nick drove well after being taken out at the first turn and then the team did an excellent job to gain second position in the pit stop,” said Modell. “I pushed hard to catch the leader but ultimately ran out of laps. Overall it was a great result, just a shame we were hit at the first turn, otherwise it could have been a win.”
 
Following the highs of the first race, the second was proved to be disappointing with Modell pushed wide at the first turn and the team having to endure a longer stop – due to the success of the first race – and ultimately finished 11th, fifth in class.
 
Modell returns to the Blancpain GT Asia series for rounds nine and ten at Shanghai International Circuit on 23-24 September.

 

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EURASIA

 

CMRT Eurasia, Cai and Lim make successful return to Blancpain Asia
 

After missing the last round of Blancpain GT Series Asia due to business commitments, James Cai and Kenneth Lim made a successful return to the championship at Fuji in their #69 CMRT Aston Martin Vantage GT3. 
A fifth place in the Am-Am class, after accident damage forced an unscheduled pit stop, in the first race of the weekend was followed up by a second in class, Kenneth Lim having led the class for much of his stint in the car.
 
It took the duo a while to shake off the cobwebs, not having sat in a race car for three months, but by the first race day they were back in the groove and feeling confident. However, contact on the first lap saw Cai having to pit twice to repair the damage and the time lost resulted in a drop to fifth in class.
 
“With the pace both drivers demonstrated today, I am confident we can be on the podium tomorrow,” was the opinion of Team Manager, Martin Quick.
 
Indeed, he proved to be correct, with Lim taking second place after a good start and this soon became first when the leading Audi fell by the wayside. After the pit stops had cycled through James Cai emerged in second place which he held to the flag.

 Round five of the series will be held at Shanghai on 24 September.  “As most of our class competitors have a lot of experience compared to James in particular we know that they will not get much quicker whereas James and Kenneth are improving with every event,” said Quick. “We cannot wait for Shanghai where I am sure we can be closer to a class win.”

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TF SPORT NAS 12 HORAS DO GOLFO

 

TF Sport confirm Gulf 12 Hours entry with Al Harthy, Jackson and McKay

 

Oman Racing Team with TF Sport is delighted to confirm today (17 August, 2017) that it will compete this December in the prestigious end of season Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi for the first time. Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Pro-Am champion Ahmad Al Harthy will be joined by Road to Le Mans double victor Tom Jackson and 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup racer Euan McKay at the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3.

“It’s an event that we’ve wanted to do for a long time and it’s a great time of the year for us to assess drivers and to enjoy an end of season event,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “We have a known quantity in Ahmad in the car and to a certain extent we do with Tom as well following his successful run with us at the Road to Le Mans. We also welcome Euan into the fold and I think we have an interesting driver line-up with two Silver drivers and a Bronze. Who knows what the future will bring, but I’m sure it will be a good first Gulf 12 Hours for us.”
 
Jackson joined TF Sport for the 2017 Road to Le Mans challenge in June, pairing up with Al Harthy and it was a formidable partnership with duo winning both GT3 races ahead of the main 24-Hour race.
 
“I’ve stayed in contact with Tom (Ferrier) since the success at Le Mans,” Jackson stated. “Once you find a good team like TF Sport, you really want to keep in with them. I’ve spoken with Tom on numerous occasions about what they’re planning and what would be a good fit for me and this opportunity to race in Abu Dhabi was one I couldn’t miss.
 
“I’m looking forward to working with Ahmad and Euan and we all have the same passion for success. We need to finish and we need to win. I personally want to keep the momentum from the Road to Le Mans rolling as it is my ambition to keep stepping up and to compete with the team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.  I can’t wait to work with the guys at TF Sport again as I have so much respect for everything they do.”
 
McKay meanwhile comes from a background in the Porsche Carrera Cup, stepping up to the series in 2016 with Redline Racing. He currently sits sixth in the standings with 11 rounds complete and is also looking forward to making the next step with TF Sport.
 
“I’m on a steep learning curve as I came to motorsport relatively late but the last couple of seasons have been fantastic and I’m now starting to look at the next step for me in the sport,” he said. “Obviously, I’m starting to look at my options for next year – I’m definitely looking at the GT scene - and I spoke with the team very much with a view of dipping my toe in the water. We’ll get lots of track time in the build up to the race weekend, so I’m not worried about that at all. Driving the Porsche has taught me a lot and while this is a step up, I’m very comfortable with that.”
 
The two-stage race starts Saturday 16 December at 09.30 through to 15.30. There is then a pause before it recommences at 17.45 before the race concludes at 23.45.
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MAIS FOTOS DO NOVO BMW

 

MAIS FOTOS DO NOVO BMW

 

 

 

 

  1. Mais fotos do novo BMW M (, nos dias em que esteve em testes na pista de Barcelona - Espanha

 

OS TESTES DA BMW EM BARCELONA

OS TESTES DA BMW NA PISTA DE BARCELONA - ESPANHA

 

O BMW M8 GTE rodou muito em Barcelona. com Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg, Bruno Spengler e Philipp Eng que a205 Copya206 Copy dividiram o volante. O carro tem como base de motor o mesmo 4.4 litros V8 turbo do M6 GT3, mas enquanto neste o propulsor é cerca de 95 por cento igual ao de série, o do GTE deve usar 30 a 40 por cento de peças totalmente "competição" e terá apenas 4.0 litros de cilindrada.

 

BMW CONTINUA EM TESTES

  1. BMW volta à pista com o M8 GTE. Muitos testes até à estreia em competições.

 

MERCEDES AMG GT 4 ESTREIAM-SE EM PORTIMÃO

MERCEDES  AMG GT 4  ESTREIAM-SE EM PORTIMÃO

 

 

 

  1. Os Mercedes  AMG GT4 estreia-se em provas de endurance nas 24 horas de Portimão. O carro será inscrito pela Black Falcon para Saud Al Faisal, Burkard Kaiser, Aurel Schoeller e Fidel Leib.

 

PARENTE NÃO DESARMA

  1. Álavaro Parente (e Ben Barnicoat) acabam em 6. na primeira corrida do PWC no Utah Motorsports Campus.

 

NOVO BMW M8 GTE EM TESTES

BMW EM TESTES

 

A marca alemão iniciou ontem , e irão continuar pelo dia de hoje e amanha uma série de testes com o novo BMW M 8 GTE, na pista de Barcelona, não se sabendo para já quem são os "pilotos de serviço".Será que o piloto portugues António Felix da Costa vai estar pa306 Copya307 Copya308 Copyresente???

 

TF SPORT

 

TF Sport - British GT Round 6
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Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes secured a hard-fought podium Sunday (7 August, 2017) as the British GT championship visited Brands Hatch for the penultimate round of the championship, while TF Sport teammates Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam finished fourth, shadowing the #11 Aston Martin across the line.

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The two-hour race saw Farmer line up third in the #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, with Johnston sixth on the grid in the sister #1 machine. A clean start saw both maintain position with Farmer applying the pressure to the #24 Aston Martin ahead until lap ten saw him encounter traffic, slide wide and drop to fifth position.
 
Farmer got his head back down, closing up on the pack ahead, passing the #6 Lamborghini for fourth and then gaining a further position as the #24 ran into mechanical issues. Barnes took over, but crucially lost a little time in the pits, meaning he exited third. Despite his best efforts over the remainder of the race, he was unable to snatch second position from the #6 car.
 
Johnston meanwhile ran sixth early on before handing over to Adam who emerged from the pits in fourth. Adam shadowed Barnes to the flag to finish in fourth position.
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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“Third and fourth, not bad, we’ll take that. A good drive from Mark and Jon, while qualifying hurt Derek and Jonny today for the race. Still, they are happy with the car after a few difficult races and that means we head to the last race of the season at Donington in a positive frame of mind.”

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Jon Barnes, driver #11 S

"Mark did a great stint to recover to third position after dropping down a bit at the start. He pushed hard and when the Lambos ran into tyre trouble or whatever their issues were, it was mega to be in P2 ahead of the stop. We had a small issue in the pits that cost us some time – we had to cycle the power four times - so we lost 4-6 seconds there which would have put us easily second, so just a shame we couldn’t get past for that second position. One race left, we’ll try and get it there."

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Mark Farmer, driver #11 B

"A great start really, but then in traffic, I had contact with one of the GT4 cars and that cost me with Rick (Parfitt) got through and then (Liam) Griffin hit me into Clearways and that was way after the traffic incident. So, then I got my head down, caught and passed the Lambos, so handed over in a strong position to Jon to secure the podium."

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Jonny Adam, driver #1 G

“I closed up on Jon but it’s difficult for us to overtake around here, it’s so narrow around the back. You need to wait for a mistake, but these guys didn’t make any really, so it was a bit of a procession really. The car felt really good, much better – we found the issue – and it feels more like it did earlier in the year, so that’s all good. Qualifying put us back, but that’s the best we could do around here. We know Donington, Derek keeps saying it’s his favourite place in the world, so.”

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Derek Johnston, driver #1 B

“We fixed the car – the vertical chassis brace - and now we’re going to my favourite circuit for the next race, so a very very good day. That was my best race of the year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We had to re-learn the car pretty much for qualifying as it was so different after the changes the team made in the week, so the early part of the weekend was really a shakedown and then it was wet for qualifying and I got blocked. As did Jonny. But a great race and I can’t wait for Donington!”

 

 

TF SPORT EM SPA

 

TF Sport secure Blancpain Endurance Cup championship at Spa!

 

TF Sport claimed the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in style Sunday (30 July, 2017) after finishing a fine second in one of the most challenging GT races of the season, the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Running the #97 Aston Martin V12 GT3, Blancpain regulars Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al Harthy were joined by TF Sport ELMS drivers Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc and their second position in class after no less than 539 laps of the Spa Francorchamps circuit, 15th overall, was enough to secure Pro-Am honours for TF Sport as well as Adam and Al Harthy in the title fight.
 
“We had the perfect strategy with the championship in mind,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “Perhaps we could have won the race if we had pitted when the safety cars came out, but more importantly we wanted to maximise the points in the race and it worked perfectly.
 
“The team and drivers all put in perfect performances in what is such a tough race. We didn’t have one mechanical issue when it mattered and the stops were all as planned. Salih drove very well, his traffic management was exemplary, while Jonny, Ahmad and Euan all put in perfect drives. Overall, nothing could be better; we are the champions!”
 
Adam took qualifying duties and put in a sensational lap to claim the class pole position, sixth position overall and 15 places ahead of the second placed Pro-Am car. This placed him in the Super Pole shoot-out where but for a slight clutch issues meaning he missed his time slot to go on track – by just four seconds – he had to rely on his second fastest lap which was good enough for seventh on the grid overall.
 
Very much playing the championship game, where points are awarded at the six, 12 and the 24-hour mark, rather than pitting under safety cars to ensure the best possible race result, Adam took the first two stints before handing over to Hankey. The race unfolded with numerous safety car periods, with TF Sport ensuring that they led at the key moments, and with Yoluc then Al Harthy taking over, the team secured the title at the 12-hour mark.
 
Al Harthy took over for the final run to the flag Sunday afternoon to claim second position. This followed victory at Monza, second at Silverstone and Paul Ricard and with an impressive 108 points on the board, enough to claim the title with one round remaining…
 
“What a hard race that was,” said Adam. “One of the toughest I've raced in. If it wasn't for an unlucky safety car situation we could have fought for the win but it's a special feeling to win the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup championship. A huge thanks to everyone at TF Sport, Aston Martin Racing and my teammates Salih, Euan and fellow champion Ahmad for a memorable weekend!”
 
With the pressure firmly off, the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup takes place in Barcelona, September 30 to October 1.
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LAMBORGHINI PREPARA NOVIDADES

LAMBORGHINI PREPARA NOVIDADES

 

 

Lamborghini anuncia programa GTE a 20 de Setembro. A marca italiana já mandou a comunicação social reservar essa data.

 

PARENTE VENCE DE NOVO

 

Álvaro Parente vence a dobrar no Campeonato Americano de GT

Álvaro Parente esteve irrepreensível na ronda de Mid Ohio do Pirelli World Challenge e venceu as duas corridas da sétima ronda da temporada, reforçando a sua posição na luta pelo título.

O português, que este ano defende o título de Campeão, não deu qualquer possibilidade aos seus adversários na pista situada nos arredores de Mansfield, tendo conquistado a pole-position para a primeira prova, que se realizou no sábado.

Na primeira corrida de cinquenta minutos, o piloto oficial da McLaren GT liderou todas as voltas, assinando ainda a volta mais rápida, conquistando assim a sua terceira vitória da temporada.

Na prova de hoje, alinhou do terceiro posto, depois de um protesto da Porsche lhe ter tirado a pole-position, mas no final da primeira volta era já segundo e no início da segunda estava já no comando.

A partir de então não ofereceu qualquer veleidade aos seus perseguidores, conquistando um triunfo, o quarto do ano, autoritário, ao deixar o seu rival do campeonato, Patrick Long (Porsche), a mais de seis segundos.

Com os resultados deste fim-de-semana, Álvaro Parente está no segundo lugar do Campeonato Americano de Carros de GT, disputando-se a próxima prova da temporada em Utah entre os dias 11 e 13 de Agosto.a647 Copy

 

VERDADEIRO DESFILE

VERDADEIRO DESFILE

 

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RAMOS SEM SORTE EM SPA

 

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Miguel Ramos não foi feliz na edição de 2017 das 24h de SPA.

 

O Lamborghini #78 ficou com a corrida comprometida, após o acidente no qual esteve envolvido cerca de 1h30 após o início da prova. “O meu colega bateu noutro carro e provocou danos no nosso Huracan que nos fez perder 15 voltas nas boxes. A Barwell estava com muito azar, pois já o outro carro o #77 teve um um problema técnico no semi-eixo que os levou a partir mais tarde das boxes,  já a corrida levava 5 voltas decorridas. Mais tarde esse mesmo #77 teve com o Adrian ao volante um violento acidente destruindo o carro e indo para o hospital com queimaduras e costelas partidas. Felizmente a organização e serviços de assistência em pista foram muito rápidos evitando o pior. Olhar para a frente e levantar a cabeça é o caminho.” Miguel Ramos referia-se ao acidente de Adrian Amstutz ocorrido esta madrugada.

A próxima e ultima prova da Blancpain Endurance Cup terá lugar entre 30 de setembro e 1 de outubro em Barcelona (Espanha).

 

 

 

 

ALBUQUEQUE SAI DE 9º EM SPA

 

Filipe Albuquerque sai de 9º para as 24h de Spa-Francorchamps

Filipe Albuquerque e os seus companheiros de equipa na ISR Racing, Filip Salaquarda e Clemens Schmid asseguraram a nona posição da grelha para uma das mais emblemáticas provas de endurance, as 24h de Spa-Francorchamps pontuáveis para o Blancpain GT Series. Uma boa posição para quem ambiciona chegar aos lugares do pódio no final da prova.

Filipe está ciente que vão enfrentar uma corrida muito dura, sobretudo porque as condições atmosféricas estão sistematicamente a mudar, no entanto, mantém a confiança no trabalho de toda a estrutura: "Para uma prova com estas características, estamos numa boa posição para o arranque. Todas as equipas estão com um andamento muito semelhante pelo que se prevê lutas renhidas. Estou certo que aqueles que conseguirem evitar problemas mecânicos serão os melhor sucedidos no final", começou por referir.

Amanhã, caberá a Filipe efectuar o arranque, uma responsabilidade acrescida, já que é necessário evitar as habituais confusões das partidas: "Claro que se estivesse mais à frente tudo seria mais tranquilo, de qualquer forma não será dramático. Numa corrida deste género ninguém corre demasiados riscos na partida. O nosso objectivo é manter um ritmo constante, evitar confusões em pista habituais com tantos carros e gradualmente ganhar lugares. Acho que temos todas as condições para terminar no pódio. É a nossa meta", concluiu.

Os resultados da qualificação podem ser consultados em: http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/watch-live#live-timing

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24 HORAS DE SPA

24 HORAS DE SPA

 

 

 

 

  1. James Calado faz pole com o Ferrari nas 24 Horas de Spa. Filipe Albuquerque sai de nono. Aston Martin cai de 5. para 7. por ter começado a Super-Pole cinco segundos mais tarde.

 

 

PORTIMÃO PODERÁ RECEBER PROVAS DE GT

PORTIMÃO PODERÁ RECEBER PROVAS DE GT

 

 

 

SRO aposta em Portimão para uma final europeia dos GT4, que combine os concorrentes das Regional Cups e os que participam na Taça Europeia da categoria. A competição pode acontecer no mês de Novembro a partir de 2018.

 

CALENDÁRIO 2018 BLANCPAIN

CALENDÁRIO 2018 -BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

 

 

Zolder troca com Misano e Paul Ricard é mais cedo por causa da F1 no circuito francês. Mas os 1000 km são no mesmo fim de semana do test day de Le Mans. Vai obrigar a uma deslocação nocturna, de sábado para domingo, para os pilotos que queiram estar presentes nas duas competições. Igualmente complicado, o facto de Silverstone e as 24 horas de Nurburgring serem no mesmo fim-de-semana.

 

E uma vez mais Portugal fica de fora.....

 

April 7-8 – Zolder (Sprint)
April 21-22 – Monza (Endurance)
May 5-6 – Brands Hatch (Sprint)
May 12-13 – Silverstone (Endurance)
June 2-3 – Paul Ricard (Endurance)
June 23-24 – Misano (Sprint)
July 3 – Spa Test Day
July 26-29 – Total 24 Hours of Spa (Endurance)
TBC – Hungaroring (Sprint)
Sept. 15-16 – Nürburgring (Sprint)
Sept. 29-30 – Barcelona (Endurance)

 

PARENTE DE REGRESSO AOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

 

Álvaro Parente – Para Mid Ohio de baterias carregadas

 

Depois de um interregno que se seguiu a treze corridas em oito fins-de-semana, Álvaro Parente volta no próximo fim-de-semana à competição e, com as baterias carregadas, está determinado em poder conquistar bons resultados em Mid Ohio, onde se disputa a sétima ronda do Pirelli World Challenge.

O português, que defende este ano o título de Campeão Americano de Carros de GT, tem vindo a ser um dos protagonistas da temporada da mais importante competição dos Estados Unidos da América reservada a automóveis de Grande Turismo, tendo já conquistado duas vitórias, o que o deixa actualmente no terceiro lugar do certame de pilotos.

O circuito da etapa do próximo fim-de-semana, de 3,613 quilómetros e treze curvas situado nos arredores de Mansfield, poderá permitir ao McLaren 650S da K-PAX Racing de Álvaro Parente explanar as suas qualidades, o que o deixa ainda mais entusiasmado. “As pistas anteriores não nos foram favoráveis, mas ainda assim conseguimos resultados relevantes, que serão importantes para o final da temporada. Em Mid-Ohio julgo que o traçado poder ser mais positivo para o nosso carro e acredito que teremos as armas para estarmos na luta pelas posições da frente”, sublinhou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Com a expetactiva de uma pista mais benéfica para o McLaren 650S, Álvaro Parente está determinado em assegurar resultados de relevo que o ajudem na defesa do seu título, mas os seus adversários não lhe vão dar tréguas. “Entramos em pista sempre para lutar pelos lugares da frente, mas sabemos que temos circuitos mais e menos favoráveis. Sabemos que os nossos oponentes são muito forte, como tem vindo a ficar demonstrado desde o início da temporada, mas acreditamos que em Mid-Ohio vamos ser mais competitivos e, portanto, em circunstâncias normais queremos estar na luta pelas vitórias”, sublinhou, decidido, o português.

O programa oficial da sétima ronda do Pirelli World Challenge inicia-se na próxima sexta-feira, com a sessão de qualificação, disputando-se a primeira corrida no sábado e a segunda no domingo. Ambas podem ser seguidas em directo no website oficial do Pirelli World Challenge: world-challenge.com/streamvideo.a528 Copy

 

JAS MOTORSPORT

 

JAS Motorsport to play key role in Honda NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme


JAS Motorsport will play a key role in the all-new Honda NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme, launched today (July 27) by the Japanese manufacturer.

Already a multiple race-winner in its inaugural season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America, the NSX GT3 is eligible to race in more than two-dozen FIA-sanctioned events around the world.

These include the Blancpain GT Series and Nurburging 24 Hour races in Europe, the Blancpain GT Asia series and GT Asia Championship and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Orders are now being taken for the GT3 by Milan-based JAS, who are responsible for sales and customer support of the race car in Europe, Asia (except Japan) and South America.

The NSX GT3 has been designed by Honda R&D in Japan in collaboration with JAS Motorsport.

The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included Honda Performance Development (HPD) since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of racing and testing completed.

An initial batch of 12 cars, which are assembled by JAS, will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

Alessandro Mariani, CEO JAS Motorsport, said: “The NSX GT3 has been created to compete at the highest level. It blends cutting-edge GT3 race technology with a beautiful and efficient design and the very latest in FIA safety specification. We have already seen the car become a winner in the USA and we are now ready to offer it for sale around the world for racers to enjoy.”

 

About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, which it currently fields in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Since then, the organisation has designed and built Honda's hugely-successful Civic Type R TCR, which won four major championships in 2016 and '17.

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TF SPORT EM SPA

 

TF Sport looks ahead to the challenge of the Spa 24H.

 

TF Sport returns to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium this weekend (27-30 July 2017) for the Total 24 Hours of Spa, one of the biggest races of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup of the season. 

Blancpain regulars Ahmad Al Harthy and Jonny Adam are joined by European Le Mans Series (ELMS) TF Sport drivers Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey to make it a four-driver Pro-Am lineup in the #97 Oman Racing Team with TF Sport Aston Martin V12 GT3.
 
Al Harthy and Adam recently enjoyed a run to second position at Paul Ricard in the Endurance Cup. Combined with a sensational victory at Monza and the runner-up spot at Silverstone, the duo sits atop of the standings with 68 points, eight clear of the #77 Huracan.
 
Blancpain new-comer Hankey and Paul Ricard runner-up Yoluc are also enjoying fine form in ELMS; leading the championship after taking victory at Silverstone, finishing second at Monza and then third at Red Bull Ring last weekend.
 
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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
 
“It will be a very strong field again this year, but we have four great drivers with a proven record already in both championships. We’ll be aiming for the best possible result, but the key is to make sure we have a clean race and make the best of any opportunities that come our way.”
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Euan Hankey

“Another 24 Hours race, obviously two in one year for a total of three in my whole life. It’s going to one of the hardest I will have done, especially physically as it’s much tougher than Le Mans with fewer straights, more corners. The GT3 racing is ferocious and then there’s the weather as it looks like it will be raining for most the of the week. So, driving in a forest with rain at night is going to be very challenging.”
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Jonny Adam

“Spa 24 is arguably one of the hardest events in the world. A lot is at stake points wise this weekend for the championship, so the key is to stay out of trouble and be smart with strategy. This is my sixth Spa 24 Hour race and I feel with my three teammates, the car and TF Sport, we can deliver a strong result come Sunday afternoon.”
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Ahmad Al Harty
 
“Everything went as planned for the test day at Spa, we worked through changes to the car to get the most out of it for all four drivers – in the end we were all very happy. All of the guys in the team are looking forward so much to the 24 Hour, it’s a challenge like no other in Blancpain but one we’re all ready for. It’s been an incredible season so far, hopefully we can keep the momentum going at Spa and keep our championship bid on track.”
For more information on TF Sport and its racing activities, visit the official www.tfsport.co.uk website, ‘like’ the team’s Facebook page of follow @OfficialTFSport on Twitter.
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ALBUQUERQUE EM SPA

 

Filipe Albuquerque ambiciona pódio nas 24h de Spa-Francorchamps

Filipe Albuquerque prepara-se para enfrentar, a 29 e 30 de Julho, o quarto fim-de-semana de competição do mês de Julho com o quarto carro diferente, e à semelhança do que aconteceu até aqui, quer somar mais um pódio. Um bom momento desportivo, aliado a um profissionalismo e capacidade de adaptação notáveis, levam o piloto a acreditar, que apesar da exigência de uma prova de 24 horas, o pódio é uma meta possível de alcançar.

A primeira corrida do mês de Julho foi em Watkins Glen para o Campeonato Americano de Resistência com o Cadillac onde conseguiu uma brilhante vitória, depois seguiu-se a jornada do Campeonato do Mundo de Resistência em Nurburgring com o Oreca onde subiu ao segundo lugar. O fim-de-semana passado foi altura de disputar a corrida de Red Bull Ring do European Le Mans Series onde voltou a vencer. Este fim-de-semana disputa as emblemáticas 24h de Spa-Francorchamps pontuáveis para o Blancpain GT Series com um R8. Uma sequência de bons resultados que Filipe espera culmine com mais um pódio.

Em Spa terá dois novos companheiros de equipa, Filip Salaquarda e Clemens Schmid na ISR Racing e depois do trabalhado de preparação para esta prova em Paul Ricard, Albuquerque acredita, que apesar do resultado da prova não depender única e exclusivamente do seu desempenho, vão estar na luta pelos primeiros lugares: “Nova semana, nova corrida. Um circuito diferente, um campeonato diferente, uma equipa diferente, companheiros de equipa diferentes e um carro diferente. Tudo diferente mas que tenha o resultado final igual aos anteriores. É só isso que pretendo para terminar um momento óptimo em termos desportivos”, começou por referir.

Mas para isso é preciso começar a trabalhar e a preparar uma prova que Filipe considera de: “Grande respeito. É um circuito muito exigente com condições atmosféricas sempre adversas, com muitos carros em pista e onde nada pode falhar. Temos um carro competitivo que conheço bem, pilotos rápidos e focados e uma equipa motivada. Os ingredientes principais estão reunidos. Agora é preciso perceber analisar como estaremos face aos adversários. Todos os anos o ‘balance of performance’ muda e espero que isso não nos penalize. Mas só vamos saber quando tudo começar. Até lá é manter o foco”, concluiu o piloto português.

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GT OPEN EM VALENCIA

 

GT Sport launches stellar end-of-season event: the GT Open 1000

First edition to take place on 1-2 December this year at Valencia

 

GT Sport Organización today announced the launch of a new single international event, the GT Open 1000, to be held yearly at the end of the racing season.

The first edition of the GT Open 1000 will take place on two days, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.

This exceptional single event aims at gathering teams and drivers from all over Europe for a final event in a top venue before the winter break. The race length will be 1000 kilometers and the event will be a free-standing prestige race, not counting towards any championship.

 

 

 

 

GT Sport launches stellar end-of-season event: the GT Open 1000
First edition to take place on 1-2 December this year at Valencia
 
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GT Sport Organización today announced the launch of a new single international event, the GT Open 1000, to be held yearly at the end of the racing season. 
The first edition of the GT Open 1000 will take place on two days, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. 
This exceptional single event aims at gathering teams and drivers from all over Europe for a final event in a top venue before the winter break. The race length will be 1000 kilometers and the event will be a free-standing prestige race, not counting towards any championship. 
Valencia has been selected as the venue for the inaugural edition because of the top level of its track, excellent connections, mild weather at that time of the year and the very pleasant atmosphere offered by such a vibrant city on the Mediterranean coast. 
The opportunity will be also used to hold on Saturday evening the annual awards ceremony of the two GT Sport series, the International GT Open and the Euroformula Open. 
In the forthcoming days, GT Sport will announce details about the technical and sporting aspects of the GT Open 1000, as well as the eligible car types. The event will be open to driver line-ups of two, three or four drivers. 
Jesús Pareja, CEO of GT Sport, commented: “We are delighted to launch this new project, which has been in our minds for some time. The idea stems from constant talks with the teams, drivers and sponsors involved in the International GT Open, which we organize since 2006, but not only. We know there is a demand for some kind of special and longer race event, different from the usual formats and disconnected from any championship, to wrap-up in style the racing season. With the slight improvement of the overall economic situation, we believe now is the good time to test the concept. Valencia was the  ideal choice as a location and we are working hard with all stakeholders to make a long-term success of this new event.”   

 

AINDA SOBRE O NOVO BMW

  1. La nouvelle BMW M8 GTE a pris la piste pour la deuxième fois à l’occasion d’un test de trois jours organisés au Lausitzring. Après un premier déverminage le 1er juillet à l’usine BMW, à Dingolfing, les pilotes officiels BMW Martin Tomczyk a partagé le volant avec le pilote de DTM Maxime Martin pour poursuivre le développement de cette M8. Jens Marquardt, Directeur de BMW Motorsport, était également présent sur place.
  2. « Voir la BMW M8 GTE en piste m...e rend très fier. Toutes les personnes impliquées ont fait un travail magnifique ces derniers mois pour nous permettre d’atteindre ce jalon du développement de notre nouveau produit phare pour la scène GT. » a déclaré Marquardt. « Dans un premier temps, l’objectif d’un test comme celui-ci est évidemment d’apprendre à connaitre la voiture. A cet égard, l’accent est plutôt mis sur l’aspect sécuritaire que sur la performance. Toutefois, la première impression de la BMW M8 GTE en piste est très positive. »
  3. Elle fera ses grands débuts en FIA WEC et en IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship dès 2018. Avant la première manche à Daytona, la M8 GTE bouclera une batterie de tests en Europe et en Amérique du Nord pour s’assurer que tout est au point avant la classique floridienne. Elles remplaceront donc les M6 GTLM.
  4. « Tout d’abord, je me sens très honoré d’avoir pu conduire lors du premier vrai test de la BMW M8 GTE sur la piste, » a déclaré Tomczyk après les trois jours d’essais sur le Lausitzring. « J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir avec la voiture. La BMW M8 GTE est une bonne voiture à piloter dès le début, et il est facile pour nous, pilotes de travailler dans ces conditions. Nous avons accumulé beaucoup de kilomètres et recueilli beaucoup de données. Nous avons également regardé la performance, ce qui n’est en aucun cas une donnée lors d’un premier test. Nous allons évidemment travailler plus intensément à ce sujet lors des prochains tests, et nous nous appuierons sur la base solide que nous avons établie ici au Lausitzring. »

 

AÍ ESTÁ O NOVO BMW M8 GTE

AÍ ESTÁ O NOVO  BMW M8 GTE.

 

TF SPORT NA AUSTRIA

 

TF Sport aim to extend ELMS title lead at the Red Bull Ring

 

Round three of the European Le Mans Series takes place this coming weekend (21-23 July) at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.  

With victory at Silverstone followed by the runner-up position at Monza, TF Sport lead the LMGTE Teams’ classification with 44 points, nine clear of its nearest rival and therefore head to Spielberg with Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim confident of a good result.
 
The team also took advantage of a test day last Thursday at Spa Francorchamps to put some additional miles on the #90 Aston Martin Vantage V8 and to focus on driver development with Yoluc and Hankey, reporting that the test was a success and good preparation for the forthcoming events.
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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“As ever, the aim is to ensure we are still leading the championship on Sunday evening. We have shown great pace and have had great results, so we hope for more of the same this weekend. I’m sure the competition will be strong, so a clean race weekend is the aim, plus as many points as we can possibly secure.”

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Euan Hankey

“The Spa test was good as it was nice to drive the car again post Le Mans. I’m looking forward to Red Bull Ring as it feels such a long time since Monza. The circuit is relatively short so it should make the competition pretty close. Hopefully we can score some good points and continue our campaign for ELMS championship.”

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Salih Yoluc

"As at every single race, we are going there to win. I like the Red Bull Ring and enjoyed my races there last year, so hopefully we will get the good result to stretch the championship lead. Our Spa test was good in terms of our speed and seat time so we want to take that momentum into the race."

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VILLORBA CORSE

 

Villorba Corse is ready for GT4 European Series fights at Slovakiaring

 

From July 14 to 16 the Italian team will line up four Maserati cars in the fourth round of the Northern Cup

 

14a Copy.Scuderia Villorba Corse heads to the Slovakiaring for the fourth round of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup. In the event, to be held from July 14 to 16, the Italian team led by Raimondo Amadio is ready for the different fights that involve with their four Maserati GranTurismo MC, each of them battling in their own category for valuable points. In the Silver Cup Villorba Corse will be represented by a well-experienced crew such as the one formed by Paolo Meloni and Massimiliano Tresoldi, that are improving race afterrace, while in Pro-Am class Polish drivers Piotr and his son Antoni Chodzen will aim to finish in podium position again like they were able to do at the Red Bull Ring during last round. In Am class two cars of the House of the Trident are fighting for the highest positions in the standings: the #77 of Giuseppe Fascicolo and Romy Dall'Antonia, that are fighting back after the non-easy season opener they had at Misano, and the #93 of Manuela Gostner, who, as the first woman driver able to score a win for the team, is now second in the standings.

It is the first time the Slovakian circuit, located in Orechová Potôn (30 km from Bratislava), will host a round of the series. A grid of 31 cars is set to race on the 5,922 m long track. Action starts on Friday with two free practice sessions; a busy Saturday will follow with two qualifying session and race-1 at 17:30hrs, while race-2 will be held on Sunday at 11:05hrs.

 

Team Principal Amadio says:“This event marks the turning point of the championship, where our presence with Maserati has always been consistent. That underlines our will to keep on co-operating with such a prestigious brand in such an interesting series. Last time we visited the Slovakiaring was for the 2014 Blancpain GT Sprint round so with a completely different kind of package Circuit characteristics should fit positively to our GT4 cars but the track is still very demanding. Alongside our drivers we have to give our best on setting up the cars making everything working the best possible way formthe first free practice session.

 

GT4 European Series 2017 Northern Cup calendar:Apr. 2 Misano(ITA); May 7 Brands Hatch(GBR); June 11 Red Bull Ring (AUT); July 16 Slovakia Ring(SVK); Aug 20 Zandvoort(NED); Sept 17 Nurburgring (DEU).

 

TF SPORT EM SPA

TF Sport - British GT Round 5
Facts and Stats

TF Sport travelled to Spa Francorchamps at the weekend (7-8 July, 2017) for rounds seven and eight of the British GT Championship. Last year’s race winners Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer finished third in the Pro/Am class after difficulties in qualifying, while Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston finished fourth. The results leaves Adam and Johnston third in the Pro/Am standings, ten points clear of Barnes and Farmer.

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The first race saw Farmer and Johnston line up eighth and 12threspectively. The former made a good start to maintain position, but Johnston - following contact - suffered a spin and the #1 Aston Martin plummeted to the tail of the field.

A lengthy safety car period followed, meaning little track action for much of the first 30 minutes of the race. Farmer handed over to Barnes, re-joining in seventh position while Adam took over in 12th position.

Both made gains in the final laps with Barnes moving to sixth at the chequered flag with Adam pushing hard to finish in ninth.

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Having qualified fifth and 11th, Adam and Barnes had high hopes of a strong second race. The start saw Adam maintain his position while Barnes gained a place. Adam picked off one car during his stint before handing over to Johnston.

Johnston exited the pits second, but found himself pushed down the order as a Ferrari dived down the inside on his out lap, forcing him onto the marbles and costing him what would be effectively five positions as a result of a half spin.

The race settled into down following the stops with Farmer running in sixth and Johnston in ninth before an incident at the head of the field saw the leading #33 car lose out and the #31 receive a penalty. Farmer and Johnston took the chequered flag fourth and sixth respectively, third and fourth in Pro/Am British GT.

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Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“From my point of view, we once again didn't fulfil our potential in qualifying and this makes the weekend very hard. We had better pace than the results showed. We still scored so decent points but we need huge showings at Brands Hatch and Donington Park to finish where we would like in the championship.”

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“Two cars in the Pro/Am top four in the second race was good. The car performed well and the race pace was strong. We maybe just had a bit of bad luck out there and maybe could have been on the podium in race two.”

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"I think Mark and I were both quite disappointed with our pace in qualifying and we found some problems with the car Friday evening which were the cause. Traditionally the races have gone much better for us this year and thankfully it was the same on Saturday.

“To recover and score championship points for fourth in race one and third in race two was a good effort considering our starting positions. I'm hopeful that we'll be back and on much better form at Brands Hatch in August."

 

TF SPORT EM SPA

TF Sport returns to Spa seeking repeat British GT victory

 

With the largest field of the season, 34 cars in total, TF Sport are all set for the challenge of Spa Francorchamps as the British GT Championship prepares for its overseas round in Belgium this weekend.

TF Sport took a sensational victory at Spa last year with Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer. One year on and the #11 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 duo – who have scored points in every round this year – are seeking a repeat of the result as they aim to close the championship gap on their rivals.
Winning in 2016 at Spa
“We’re really looking forward to returning to Spa, it holds great memories for us after winning there last year,” said Barnes. “We know it’s a real challenge but we’ve had podiums at Oulton Park and Snetterton already this year, so we’ll be looking to achieve two more of those this Saturday!”
 
Jonny Adam meanwhile is hot off a fantastic GTE Pro victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin Racing as well as a podium in the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Paul Ricard with TF Sport. He returns to the British GT duties chasing a record 12th win in the series alongside #1 teammate Derek Johnston.
 
“It's nice to return to Spa for the away round of British GT,” said Adam. “The last few weeks have personally been very successful, so I hope we can carry that form onto this weekend. A good few races are now needed to help our championship challenge, but we are confident that we can secure strong results over the next few races.”
 
For TF Sport, second in the Team’s standings, it has not been the easiest of campaigns to date, but as ever they know they have the talent and resource to fight back over the last four rounds.
 
“We’ve been through it a bit this year,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “But we’re still in the hunt and while we may not have been getting the number of wins we would ideally like, we have been there or thereabouts. Spa is a unique challenge and the result last year was a fantastic one for Jon and Mark. We know what Jonny and Derek can do, so we’re looking forward to the weekend and let’s see if we can take some points from our rivals.”
 
British GT Spa schedule

Friday 7 July
09:00 - 10:00: Free Practice 1
11:30 - 12:30: Free Practice 2
16:15 - 16:25: Qualifying - GT3 Am
16:30 - 16:40: Qualifying - GT3 Pro

Saturday 8 July
09:20 - 10:20: Race 1
13:00 - 14:00: Race 2.

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GT OPEN NA HUNGRIA

 

Rueda-Bouveng (BMW Team Teo Martín) repeat themselves

The duo of youngsters take great strategic win in Race 2 at the Hungaroring, joining the battle for the title, only 2 points from the top

Ramos-Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari), 2nd, new joint leaders, together with Biagi-Venturini, today 5th, as other Imperiale Racing pair, Postiglione-Fontana, takes 3rd

Ledogar-West (Garage 59 McLaren) win in Pro-Am, while Silva-Coimbra (Sports&You Mercedes) take first Am success of the season

Fran Rueda and Victor Bouveng took their second win of the season, confirming their status of title bidders. The two 20-year-old and BMW Team Teo Martín put in place a perfect strategy: after dropping handicap in Race 1 and saving two sets of new tyres for Sunday, Rueda could conquer the pole, a very useful advantage on the Hungaroring. The Spaniard and the Swede then stayed ahead during the entire race, beating Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari) and the Imperiale Racing Lambo of vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana.

Côme Ledogar-Alexander West (Garage59 Ferrari) won the Pro-Am category, with Antonio Coimbra-Luis Silva clinching a much-awaited first success of the year in Am with their Sports&You Mercedes.

In the overall standings, a new and even closer situation is arising as the second half of the season commences: Ramos-Mac and Biagi-Venturini (today 5th) are on top with 60 points, with Bouveng-Rueda a very close third 2 points behind.



Rueda-Bouveng (BMW Team Teo Martín) repeat themselves 
The duo of youngsters take great strategic win in Race 2 at the Hungaroring, joining the battle for the title, only 2 points from the top
Ramos-Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari), 2nd, new joint leaders, together with BiagiVenturini, today 5th, as other Imperiale Racing pair, Postiglione-Fontana, takes 3rd 
Ledogar-West (Garage 59 McLaren) win in Pro-Am, while Silva-Coimbra (Sports&You Mercedes) take first Am success of the season 
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Fran Rueda and Victor Bouveng took their second win of the season, confirming their status of title bidders. The two 20-year-old and BMW Team Teo Martín put in place a perfect strategy: after dropping handicap in Race 1 and saving two sets of new tyres for Sunday, Rueda could conquer the pole, a very useful advantage on the Hungaroring. The Spaniard and the Swede then stayed ahead during the entire race, beating Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac (Spirit of Race Ferrari) and the Imperiale Racing Lambo of vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana. 
Côme Ledogar-Alexander West (Garage59 Ferrari) won the Pro-Am category, with Antonio Coimbra-Luis Silva clinching a much-awaited first success of the year in Am with their Sports&You Mercedes. 
In the overall standings, a new and even closer situation is arising as the second half of the season commences: Ramos-Mac and Biagi-Venturini (today 5th) are on top with 60 points, with Bouveng-Rueda a very close third 2 points behind. 
THE RACE - Poleman Rueda keeps a slight advantage at turn 1 and then pulls away in the first lap, ahead of Jäger, Ledogar, Hellmeister, Postiglione, Ramos, Biagi, Farnbacher and Beirão. There is a contact at turn one at the end of the field, with  Benham and Malcharek forced to the pits. In lap 2, it’s Liberati who spins after a contact with Mowlem. Things stay relatively quiet until 11, when Frommwiler and Beirão collide, which ends the race of both, and Pierburg sends Balfe into a spin. Mowlem and Pierburg will later receive a 10-second penalty. Mastronardi passes Ramos for 5th in lap 13. 
 
 
 
 
One lap later, the driver change window opens, with Rueda and Biagi being, very strategically, the first ones to stop. After all pit stops, Bouveng has a 6-second lead over Hahn, 8 on West and Plachutta, then Fontana, Mac, Siedler and Venturini. 
Hahn holds well second until lap 27 when he spins (and also gets a 5-second penalty for not respecting the minimum pit stop time), which leaves Mac and Fontana in the podium, ahead of Siedler, Venturini, West and Plachutta, while Coimbra takes the win in Am, as Moiseev retires shotly after the pit stop with a mechanical problem.  
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 14
Overall: 1. Biagi-Venturini, Ramos-Mac, 60 points; 3. Bouveng-Rueda, 58; 4. Costa-Frommenwiler, 51; 5. D. Farnbacher, 46; 6. M.Farnbacher, 38; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Cioci-Perazzini, 42 points; 2. Bell-Balfe, 40 points; 3. West-Ledogar, 34; 4. Hahn, 33; 5. Pierburg, Tappy-Benham, 30; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Hrachowina-Konrad, 26 points; 2. Silva-Coimbra, 25; 3. Rizzo-Moiseev, 24 points; 4. Basso, 21; 5.  Balbiani, 13; 6. Figueiredo, 8; etc   Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 51 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 40; 3. Spirit of Race, 33; 4. Farnbacher Racing, Emil Frey Racing, 28; 6. Garage59, 24; etc…   
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TF EM PAUL RICARD

TF Sport secure second at Circuit Paul Ricard 1000 KM

 

Fielding the #97 Oman Racing Aston Martin V12 GT3 for ELMS regular Salih Yoluc and the Blancpain Endurance Cup duo of Ahmad Al Harty and Jonny Adam in the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000 KM, TF Sport secured a solid runner-up position as the clock struck midnight following the six-hour Saturday (24 June, 2017) race.

“It was a really good performance by everyone,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “The second position means we’re still leading the Pro-Am championship and that’s always the objective. We could have won perhaps and we were certainly unlucky to get spun around by the Pro car in traffic, but overall, we can be nothing but happy with this result.”
 
Opening practice on Friday saw Yoluc complete a bulk of the running en-route to the eighth fastest time. Pre- Qualifying followed with Adam moving the #97 car to the top of the timesheets. Al Harthy concluded the successful session and the Friday running before qualifying where TF Sport secured fourth position in the Pro-Am class.
 
Al Harthy took the first race stint, immediately gaining position to run third as he set about chasing the leading #333 and the second-placed #11.
 
It wasn’t long before contact in the field brought out the first caution period. When the racing resumed, the field ran nose-to-tail once again with Al Harthy losing out to the #89 Mercedes only for another caution period to fly almost immediately following a huge off from Tomas Enge which triggered the first round of pit stops with just 40 minutes complete.
 
Yoluc took the second stint from fifth position but was soon on the move and up to third position and chasing the #89 car ahead. The Turkish racer wasted no time in moving second before handing the Aston Martin back to Al Harthy.
 
The Omani driver took over the lead when the #87 completed a drive-through penalty for a pitstop time infringement at the one-third distance mark. Darkness soon fell with Yoluc back in the car for the second time with three stops complete in the lead with a small cushion from the #77 Mercedes. Despite his best efforts, Yoluc was unable to fend off for position and dropped to second before light contact from Jamie Green #76 Audi sent him into a spin, losing three positions and a lot of time as a result.
 
The Audi driver was handed a 30-second stop-go penalty for the contact, but it made life harder for TF Sport as Adam took over with two-hours remaining with a minute deficit to try and close down.
 
Adam, who showed sensational pace at Monza, was soon on the attack, quickly disposing of the #333 Ferrari to run in second position and setting a TF Sport’s best on lap 114 of 1:58.927, half a second quicker than the leading #77 Lamborghini. However, the deficit proved to be too much with Adam eventually finishing a fighting second.
 
TF Sport are next in action in the British GT Championship as the series heads to Spa Francorchamps 7-8 July.
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TF EM PAUL RICARD

Salih Yoluc joins Al Harthy and Jonny Adam for Circuit Paul Ricard 1000 km

 

Pro-Am leader TF Sport prepares for round three of the Blancpain Endurance Cup in Paul Ricard (23-24 June), with Salih Yoluc joining Oman Racing's Ahmad Al Harthy and Le Mans winner Jonny Adam in the #97 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

Reaching the halfway point in the championship, TF Sport is aiming to keep the momentum in the 1,000 km race after a win in the opening race and a runner-up position at the Silverstone round last May.

TF's ELMS championship leader Salih Yoluc joins on a high after completing his first Le Mans 24h race in the GTE class with the team.
 
With a 17 point lead in the Endurance Cup, and after a double victory for the team last week at the Road to Le Mans, TF Sport is looking forward the first night meeting of the championship this weekend ahead of the blue ribband 24h of Spa at the end of July.

Ahmad Al Harthy said: "I really am looking forward to Paul Ricard, especially straight off the back of such an amazing weekend at Le Mans. Now, though, we need to focus on the six-hour which is going to be a huge challenge for everyone and especially with such a huge grid of around 60 cars. Jonny had an unbelievable result in the 24 Hour of Le Mans, and we're all looking forward to working with Salih." 

The 6H of Paul Ricard will start with testing and pre-qualifying on Friday, 23rd June. Race qualifying will take place on Saturday morning, with the race following at 6 pm. 

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GT OPEN NA HUNGRIA

 

The fight heats up, as the GT Open returns to the Hungaroring

After a three year absence, the series returns to beautiful Budapest track

Fight at the top of the standings heats up, with five pairs within 5 points

Lexus, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and BMW to fight for overall victory

Ferrari teams to defend short lead in Pro-Am and Am

 

Three weeks after Paul Ricard, the International GT Open is gearing for another great summer event, this time on the other side of the continent. The Hungaroring, the iconic F.1 track in the outskirts of Budapest, the magnificent capital of Hungary, is hosting the fourth event of the season. The Hungaroring has already been a fixture in the GT Open calendar in the past, but the last visit traces back to 2014. There is therefore an understandable excitement in all the GT Open community to go back to the Danube shores…

Magyar fans, always eager to watch international motorsports action, will certainly enjoy the great 2017 field of the series and fight at the top of the standings, which has taken a completely new course at the Ricard. Following the initial dominance of the new Lexus RC F GT3 at Estoril and Spa, the reaction of rivals, materialized with the wins of Ferrari (Ramos-Mac) and BMW (Bouveng-Rueda) in France, has brought to a completely new, and very tight, situation in the rankings.

Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, the pair of Emil Frey Racing, are still leading with their Lexus (43 points), but they have now only a 4-point advantage over the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini of Thomas Biagi-Giovanni Venturini, who are chasing their first win of the season, and 5 over a trio of contenders formed by the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Ramos-Mac, the Teo Martín BMW of Bouveng-Rueda and the Farnbacher Lexus of the Farnbacher brothers.

In the Pro-Am category, Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) have an equally short lead (2 points) over the Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Balfe-Bell, while in GT-Am, Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo (Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari) are now leaders, with 2 and 3 points over the two Mercedes of Silva-Coimbra 5sports&You) and Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing), respectively.



The fight heats up, as the GT Open returns to the Hungaroring
After a three year absence, the series returns to beautiful Budapest track 
Fight at the top of the standings heats up, with five pairs within 5 points
Lexus, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and BMW to fight for overall victory
Ferrari teams to defend short lead in Pro-Am and Am 
 
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Three weeks after Paul Ricard, the International GT Open is gearing for another great summer event, this time on the other side of the continent. The Hungaroring, the iconic F.1 track in the outskirts of Budapest, the magnificent capital of Hungary, is hosting the fourth event of the season. The Hungaroring has already been a fixture in the GT Open calendar in the past, but the last visit traces back to 2014. There is therefore an understandable excitement in all the GT Open community to go back to the Danube shores…
Magyar fans, always eager to watch international motorsports action, will certainly enjoy the great 2017 field of the series and fight at the top of the standings, which has taken a completely new course at the Ricard. Following the initial dominance of the new Lexus RC F GT3 at Estoril and Spa, the reaction of rivals, materialized with the wins of Ferrari (Ramos-Mac) and BMW (Bouveng-Rueda) in France, has brought to a completely new, and very tight, situation in the rankings. 
Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, the pair of Emil Frey Racing, are still leading with their Lexus (43 points), but they have now only a 4-point advantage over the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini of Thomas Biagi-Giovanni Venturini, who are chasing their first win of the season, and 5 over a trio of contenders formed by the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Ramos-Mac, the Teo Martín BMW of Bouveng-Rueda and the Farnbacher Lexus of the Farnbacher brothers. 
In the Pro-Am category, Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) have an equally short lead (2 points) over the Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Balfe-Bell, 
 
 
while in GT-Am, Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo (Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari) are now leaders, with 2 and 3 points over the two Mercedes of Silva-Coimbra 5sports&You) and Hrachowina-Konrad (MS Racing), respectively.
The Budapest round, with 24 entries, will see a number of movements in the usual line-up of some regular contenders, mainly due to other commitments, of different nature, of the concerned drivers. In the Farnbacher Lexus, Mario Farnbacher is leaving his seat on this occasion to Norbert Siedler, the well-known German star, while Lance D.Arnold will be this time the team mate of Valentin Pierburg in the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes, and Andrea Caldarelli is replaced by Rino Mastronardi in the SF Racing Ferrari 488. Former F.1 racer and current WTCC star Tiago Monteiro, who had to postpone his GT Open at Ricard, is now confirmed as the team mate of Lourenço Beirão da Veiga on the Teo Martín BMW #51. On his side, Brazilian star Allam Khodair is back along Marcelo Hahn on the Drivex Mercedes. 
The increasingly active GT scene in Central Europe provides for an interesting new entry: Racing Trevor will be the first Slovakian team to race a GT Open event, with their BMW M6, entrusted to a father-and-son pair composed of Jiri Malchárek, wellknown in the European GT scene some years ago before embracing a political career, and his son Christian. Also to be noted is the one-off absence of the Jordan Racing Bentley and the Solaris Motorsport Aston Martin, which following the technical issue encountered in France, have opted for missing this round to come back in full shape at Silverstone. 
The weekend race programme at the Hungaroring will be particularly rich and diversified. Together with the GT Open and the Euroformula, the Eurocup F.Renault 2.0 will be stellar partner, with the Radical European Master and the Lotus Cup bringing further excitement. 
All the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major national broadcasters in key countries such as UK (BT Sport), Italy (Sportitalia), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Russia, CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), Poland (PolSat Sport TV) and Central Europe (Digisport in CZ, SK, HU and RO), among others. In addition, international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend on demand. Races are also livestreamed in English and Italian with commentary by Ben Evans and Antonio Caruccio, respectively, on our website www.gtopen.net. 
 
 
GT Open Round 4: Hungaroring, Hungary
 
Timetable  (All times local, CET)
 
Friday 30 June 2017 10:25-11.25 Free Practice 1  14:45-15:45 Free Practice 2 17:35-18:15 Free Practice 3 (Bronze drivers only) Saturday 1st July 2017  10:50-11:20  Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 16:15-17:25  Race 1 (70’ - Rolling Start) Sunday 2nd July 2017 09:10-09:40 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 14:15-15:15 Race 2 (60’ - Rolling Start)
 
The 2017 Calendar
30 April: Estoril (P) 28 May:  Spa-Francorchamps (B) 11 June: Circuit Paul Ricard (F) 02 July:  Hungaroring (H) 03 Sept: Silverstone (GB) 01 Oct:  Monza (I) 29 Oct:  Barcelona-Catalunya (E)
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6 OF 14
Overall: 1. Costa-Frommenwiler, 42 points; 2. Biagi-Venturini, 39; 3. D.&M. Farnbacher, Rueda-Bouveng, Ramos-Mac, 38; 6. Perazzini-Cioci, 32; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Cioci-Perazzini, 38 points; 2. Bell-Balfe, 36; 3. Hahn, 27; 4. Benham-Tappy, 24; 5. West-Ledogar, 22; 6. Onslow Cole-Pierburg, 18; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Rizzo-Moiseev, 20 points; 2. Coimbra-Silva, 18; 3. Konrad- Hrachowina, 17; 4. Basso, 14; 5. Figueiredo, 8; etc   Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 32 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 25; 3. Emil Frey Racing, Farnbacher Racing, 24 points; 5. Garage59, 22; 6. Spirit of Race, 19; etc…   
 

 

SEGUNDO PÓDIO PARA GUEDES

 

Mais um pódio para Francisco Guedes no Japão
 
Não podia ter corrida melhor a participação de Francisco Guedes e a Ferrari Portugal na jornada japonesa do Blancpain GT Asia Series. O piloto português juntou-se a Rui Águas e depois da vitória de ontem na categoria Pro Am, hoje conseguiram mais um pódio ao concluírem a segunda corrida no terceiro posto.
 
A largarem da 11ª posição da grelha e com condições atmosféricas adversas esperava-se uma corrida difícil mas a determinação dos pilotos portugueses estava no auge: "O Rui fez um bom arranque mas levou um toque logo no início. Depois disso entrou o 'safety-car' e esta situação manteve-se quase todo o tempo que esteve ao volante. Só conseguiu fazer três voltas de corrida propriamente  ditas", começou por explicar Francisco Guedes.
 
Depois foi a vez do piloto da Ferrari Portugal se sentar aos comandos do Ferrari 488 GT3: "E nessa altura fiz o melhor que pude. Estava a chover e eu estava sistematicamente a ser o piloto mais rápido em pista. Recuperei até terceiro mas estava longe dos meus mais directos adversários e optámos por não correr riscos dadas as condições. Foi uma pena mas mais um pódio foi um resultado excelente. Estou muito contente com o que conseguimos fazer este fim-desemana. E estou muito grato à equipa e ao Rui Águas por me terem convidado a fazer esta prova. Espero que outras surjam", concluiu.
 
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FILIPE ALBUQUERQUE DE TRÁS PARA A FRENTE

 

Filipe Albuquerque de trás para a frente em Paul Ricard

Os 1000 quilómetros de Paul Ricard pontuáveis para o Blancpain GT Series viram Filipe Albuquerque e os seus companheiros de equipa na ISR Racing, Filip Salaquarda e Clemens Schmid protagonizaram uma recuperação notável que os levou do 28º lugar da grelha até ao sétimo posto final. Um resultado que poderia ter sido ainda melhor não fosse uma penalização os ter atrasado ainda mais. No entanto, no final, a satisfação era notória no seio da equipa que agora já só pensa na próxima corrida, as 24h de Spa-Francorchamps.

De regresso ao Blancpain GT Series Filipe estava ciente que ia ter pela frente uma corrida muito disputada, só não esperava que fosse tanto: "Todas as equipas muito rápidas e infelizmente nós não conseguimos na qualificação melhor que o 28º lugar. Uma posição muito longe daquilo que sabíamos poder fazer, mas o mérito esteve nos nossos adversários que aproveitaram bem as oportunidades e impuseram um excelente andamento", começou por referir.

No entanto, o piloto português sabia que as cinco horas de corrida podiam mudar o destino que parecia traçado logo ao início: "Fiz um excelente arranque, ultrapassei muitos carros e já estava em 18º. No entanto a estratégia com o 'safety-car' em pista não foi a melhor para além de que uma penalização nos levou novamente para o 25º posto. Mas daí em diante ninguém mais nos parou e fomos recuperando posições atrás de posições até ao sétimo lugar. Algo que parecia complicado quando mas o excelente andamento assim como o empenhamento de todos foi crucial para este desfecho. Depois de tudo, melhor era realmente complicado", rematou Filipe Albuquerque que teve nesta corrida o tempo necessário de preparação para a corrida que será o foco da equipa, as 24h de Spa-Francorchamps que acontecem no final do mês de Julho.

Os resultados da corrida e demais informações podem ser consultadas em: http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/

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PARENTE DE NOVO EM FOCO

 

Álvaro Parente maximiza oportunidades

Álvaro Parente voltou hoje a realizar uma boa corrida, conseguindo assinar mais um sexto lugar em Road America, onde se disputou este fim-de-semana a sexta jornada do Pirelli World Challenge, resultado que será importante para as contas do campeonato.

Depois do sexto posto de ontem, o português voltava a ter uma tarefa difícil num circuito que não tira o melhor partido das características do seu McLaren 650S e, a arrancar do oitavo posto da grelha de partida, obter um bom resultado teria que passar por mais uma boa performance do português.

Tal como ontem, Álvaro Parente tirou o máximo do seu carro, rodando no limite das suas potencialidades, voltando a repetir o sexto posto que obtivera na corrida de sábado.

“Este circuito tem umas características que não favorecem o nosso carro e tive que atacar desde o primeiro momento para poder ganhar posições e ter a possibilidade de garantir um bom resultado. Era impossível ir mais além, tentei tudo mas o sexto lugar era o máximo”, afirmou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Num fim-de-semana difícil, em que os resultados dificilmente poderiam ser melhores, Álvaro Parente sublinha a importância destes dois sextos lugares. “Sabíamos que não estaríamos tão fortes como habitualmente e aqui em Road America tratava-se de perder o mínimo possível e maximizar todas as oportunidades. Foi isso que fizemos e penso que os pontos que conquistámos aqui poderão ser determinantes no final da temporada”, concluiu o piloto da K-PAX Racing.

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PARENTE RECUPERA

 

Álvaro recupera de contrariedades

 

Álvaro Parente teve uma corrida difícil em Road America, onde se disputa este fim-de-semana o sexto round do Pirelli World Challenge, mas ainda assim, conseguiu terminar num importante sexto lugar, depois de um incidente o ter atrasado consideravelmente logo na primeira curva.

Num circuito que não se coaduna com as características do McLaren 650S, o português teve que se aplicar a fundo para alcançar um oitavo lugar da grelha de partida, muito embora tenha perdido apenas nove décimos de segundo para o tempo da pole-position.

O arranque para a primeira corrida da etapa deste fim-de-semana do Campeonato Americano de Carros de GT foi caótico e, para evitar os carros que se envolveram em toques, o piloto oficial da McLaren GT foi obrigado a sair para fora de pista, o que o atirou para fora dos dez primeiros.

Álvaro Parente iniciou então uma recuperação notável, imprimindo um ritmo rapidíssimo, protagonizando ultrapassagem notáveis de forma decidida, que o levaram até ao sexto posto final, um resultado que pode ser muito importante no final do ano. “Sabíamos que dificilmente poderíamos ser muito competitivos neste circuito e aquele incidente logo na primeira curva atrasou-me bastante. A partir daí, só me restava atacar, dar o máximo para tentar salvar um bom resultado. Arrisquei, mas correu tudo bem, e este sexto lugar acaba por ser um bom desfecho para esta corrida”, afirmou o português.

Para a corrida de domingo o piloto oficial da McLaren GT arranca do oitavo posto, o que promete mais um dia difícil para o português, que no entanto, está determinado em voltar a assegurar bom resultado. “Vamos ter mais uma prova desafiante, mas estamos cá para responder a desafios. Vamos atacar e, como é habitual, dar o nosso máximo para podermos conquistar uma boa classificação para as contas do campeonato”, concluiu o piloto da K-PAX Racing.

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RAMOS EM 8º EM PAUL RICARD

Miguel Ramos ficou no 8º lugar da ProAm em Paul Ricard.

 

O trio (Ramos, Matchitski e Abra) no Lamborghini #78 da Barwell Motorsport, terminou as 6 horas de Paul Ricard no 8º lugar ProAm disputada ontem ao fim do dia.

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Um tarde muito quente no Sul de França, fazia adivinhar uma corrida difícil para todos os participantes. Temperaturas altíssimas fora e dentro dos carros, provocou grandes dificuldades para todos os pilotos, conforme comentou Miguel Ramos, “Foi muito difícil. Perdemos uma volta logo no inicio com o safety car em pista. A nossa estratégia foi a de duplos stints, começando o Leo (Matchitski), depois entrei eu e por fim o Richard (Abra). Estava muito calor o que fez com que a prova se tornasse muito difícil mesmo ao fim da tarde e noite como terminamos. Considero que poderíamos e devíamos ter feito algo mais, pois não estivemos ao nosso melhor nível”.

As 6 horas de Paul Ricard ficam para trás e Miguel Ramos foca-se nas 24horas de SPA, prova Rainha dsta competição e que terá lugar daqui a sensivelmente um mês, “tentaremos estar mais competitivos e fazer melhor nas 24 horas de SPA no final de julho. Esta já passou, foquemo-nos na próxima sempre com intenção de fazer melhor”.

A próxima prova da Blancpain Endurance Cup serão as 24horas de SPA entre 29 e 30 de julho em SPA (Bélgica)

Calendário 2017

 

  1. o Monza
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  3. o Silverstone
  4. o Circuit Paul Ricard 1000kmsPaul Ricard (França) 23 - 24 Junho

Total 24 Hours of Spa Total 24 Hours of Spa (Bélgica) 29 - 30 Julho

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SEGUNDO MIGUEL RAMOS

Este sábado disputarei os 1000km de Paul Ricard, com a particularidade desta corrida ocorrer entre as 18 e as 24h. Tenho sido muito feliz em Paul Ricard nas ultimas visitas do International GT Open, onde venci no ano passado e já este ano há duas semanas. Esta prova de 6 horas é obviamente muito diferente, há muita estratégia de equipa, acrescida ao pormenor de ser uma corrida noturna, fazendo com que seja uma corrida de desfecho completamente imprevisível.

A Barwell Motorsp...ort tem feito um bom trabalho, colocando-nos à disposição um Lamborghini muito eficaz e os meus dois colegas de equipa têm dado muito bem conta do recado, pelo que estou confiante numa boa corrida no próximo sábado.

Horário Previsto C.E.T. (-1 em Portugal)
Sexta-feira, 23 de junho
13:30 – 15:00 Blancpain GT Series Free Practice
16:25 – 17:55 Blancpain GT Series Pre-Qualifying (LIVE TV)

Sábado, 24 de junho
10:00 – 11:00 Blancpain GT Series Qualifying (LIVE TV)
18:00 – 00:00 Blancpain GT Series 1000km Race (LIVE TV)

 

PARENTE VOLTA AOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

 

Álvaro Parente – de Le Mans para Road America

 

Álvaro Parente não para e disputa no próximo fim-de-semana mais uma ronda do Pirelli World Challenge, continuando a defesa do seu título conquistado em 2016 no circuito de Road America, o sexto evento do ano e que marca o meio da temporada.

Depois de três rondas da vertente SprintX, que se diferencia por ter dois pilotos por carros, a competição que se assume como o Campeonato Americano de Carros de GT regressa no traçado situado no Wisconsin à sua vertente Sprint, estando cada um dos bólides dedicado a um piloto.

O português chega a Road America no comando do campeonato de pilotos, depois de duas vitórias em três corridas, mas espera uma forte oposição na ronda do próximo fim-de-semana. “Voltamos a este tipo de competição com um condutor por carro, o que também me agrada bastante, uma vez que me permite afinar o McLaren 650S da K-PAX Racing ao meu estilo de pilotagem. Este circuito não se adapta muito bem às características do nosso carro e a nossa concorrência é muito forte, portanto, sabemos que vamos ter uma jornada complicada”, sublinhou o Campeão do Pirelli World Challenge em título.

Apesar de estar consciente das dificuldades que terá pela frente, Álvaro Parente está decidido em manter os bons resultados na ronda do circuito de 6,747 quilómetros e catorze curvas. “Vamos ter que começar a trabalhar afincadamente logo no primeiro contacto com a pista, dado que, num circuito com muitas e longas rectas como este, temos que afinar bem o carro para podermos estar próximos dos nossos adversários com material mais adaptado a este tipo de traçado. Mas como sempre, todos nas K-PAX Racing vão trabalhar metodicamente e eu vou dar o meu melhor para conseguirmos garantir bons resultados”, sublinhou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT, que realiza o seu oitavo fim-de-semana de corridas em nove semanas.

A qualificação para a primeira corrida da ronda de Road America realiza-se no próximo sábado, dia em que se disputa a primeira prova do programa, ao passo que a segunda terá o seu início no domingo, podendo ambas ser seguidas em directo no website oficial do Pirelli World Challenge: world-challenge.com/streamvideo.ax14 Copy

 

DEVON MODELL

Next stop Suzuka for Modell in Blancpain Asia series


Following his Blancpain GT Series Asia debut in Buriram Thailand, Devon Modell reunites with Craft-Bamboo Racing and his Porsche 911 GT3 R at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan the scene of some legendary F1 races in recent history.

The Japanese track an hour from the city of Nagoya features some incredibly challenging corners such as Spoon Curve and 130R and this will mean that Modell will again be in at the deep end having to learn a new track without the benefit of testing on a race weekend.
 
Whilst not ideal, this is the same situation as at the Buriram round in Thailand and this does not phase Modell as he is confident he will rise to the challenge.
 
This time out Modell will share the car with Australian Nick Foster, a 24-year-old Champion in Porsche Carrera Cup who comes to Suzuka fresh from competing in the Le Mans 24 hours and together should make a formidable partnership.
 
Modell brings additional support from The Gallery, a Maidstone nightclub that previously supported Devon in his early racing career in Renault Clio’s In the UK.
 
Speaking to Japanese TV on his arrival in Tokyo Modell expressed his excitement on racing on the Suzuka track.
 
“Suzuka is a track that is on every racing drivers ‘must do’ list and I am really looking forward to driving it,” Modell said. “I think that I will make a step forward from Thailand (the last round of the Blancpain Asia Series) as at least I am familiar with the team and the car so its just the circuit to learn.
 
“Having Nick racing as my teammate should be a good thing, he has a lot of Porsche experience to bring and I hope to feed off of that knowledge to put us in the mix for a good result.”
 
Modell will get his first taste of Suzuka on Friday 23rd June with qualifying and the weekend's first race following on the 24th and Sunday concluding the meeting with race two.
 
Those wishing to follow Modell’s progress can watch all sessions and races via the live stream on the Blancpain GT Series website and App as well as on Motorsport TV.

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PARENTE EM LE MANS

 

Álvaro Parente alcança linha de meta de Le Mans

Álvaro Parente protagonizou uma prestação notável nas 24 Horas de Le Mans, deste ano, tendo visto a bandeirada de xadrez pela primeira vez na sua carreira na clássica francesa e assumindo-se como um dos pilotos mais rápidos da sua classe.

O português regressou este ano à prova de La Sarthe, depois de se ter estreado em 2014, inscrito na classe GTE Am ao volante de um 488 GTE da Clearwater que dividiu com Richard Wee e Hiroki Katoh.

Álvaro Parente estava consciente do desafio que tinha pela frente num circuito que pune os pilotos e carros com as suas armadilhas e, a partir das boxes, acabou por ver o seu carro atrasar-se definitivamente na corrida, muito embora não tenha tido qualquer problema mecânico.

Apesar de consciente de que dificilmente poderia chegar a uma boa classificação quando entrou no carro pela primeira vez, o português não baixou os braços e adoptou um ritmo alucinante sempre que foi para a pista, rodando consistentemente entre os mais rápidos, sendo muitas das vezes o mais rápido da sua classe. “O nosso objectivo era chegar ao fim, o que foi alcançado. Mas quando entramos no carro, queremos sempre dar o máximo e foi isso que fiz. Rodei no máximo das capacidades do nosso automóvel sempre com o intuito de chegarmos ao fim. Recuperámos lugares, evidenciámos um bom ritmo e isso foi muito importante”, afirmou o piloto que concluiu a corrida no décimo primeiro posto da classe GTE Am, quadragésimo primeiro da geral.

Álvaro Parente efectua um balanço positivo da sua segunda passagem pela clássica francesa, destacando a experiência que foi ver a bandeirada de xadrez em La Sarthe. “Tinha umas contas a ajustar com Le Mans, depois de ter abandonado em 2014. Conseguimos terminar e isso era o mais importante. Ganhei muita experiência que será muito importante para o futuro. Le Mans é uma corrida única, penso que toda o evento foi muito positivo para nós. Estou muito satisfeito e agora espero regressar ainda mais rapidamente”, sublinhou o piloto português.

O portuense regressa agora ao seu programa regular, tendo no próximo fim-de-semana mais uma etapa, desta feita em Road America, do Pirelli World Challenge, onde continua a defender o seu título de 2016.aw23 Copy

 

MIGUEL RAMOS NOS 1OOO KM DE PAUL RICARD

Miguel Ramos nos 1000KM de Paul Ricard.

 

A sensivelmente 40 dias das 24h de SPA, a ronda de Paul Ricard revela-se de grande importância para as equipas e pilotos efetuarem os últimos testes para essa prova Rainha do melhor plantel de GT’s do Mundo.

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Miguel Ramos estará ao volante do Lamborghini #78 da Barwell Motorsport na pista situada no Sul de França para a qual se aguardam elevadas temperaturas no próximo fim de semana. Paul Ricard é uma pista onde Ramos se sente muito à vontade e muito apreciada pelo próprio “Gosto muito de Paul Ricard e tenho sido muito feliz nesta pista nas ultimas visitas do International GT Open, onde venci no ano passado e este ano há duas semanas. Esta prova de 6 horas é obviamente muito diferente, há muita estratégia de equipa, acrescida ao pormenor de ser uma corrida noturna, faz com que seja uma corrida de desfecho completamente imprevisível. A Barwell Motorsport tem feito um bom trabalho, colocando-nos à disposição um Lamborghini muito eficaz e os meus dois colegas de equipa têm dado muito bem conta do recado, pelo que estou confiante numa boa corrida no próximo sábado”, comentou Miguel Ramos na antevisão da prova que tem a particularidade de se disputar entre as 18:00 e as 24:00 deste sábado dia 24 de junho.

Programa previsto:

Sexta-feira, 23 de junho

13:30 – 15:00 Blancpain GT Series Free Practice

15:10 – 16:10 Lamborghini Super Free Practice

16:25 – 17:55 Blancpain GT Series Pre-Qualifying (LIVE TV)

 

Sábado, 24 de junho

09:00 – 09:50 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Qualifying

10:00 – 11:00 Blancpain GT Series Qualifying (LIVE TV)

14:30 – 15:20 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 1

18:00 – 00:00 Blancpain GT Series 1000km Race (LIVE TV)

A Blancpain GT Series pode ser seguida ao vivo no YouTube  ou através da APP Oficial para IOS e/ou Android, disponível na App Store ou Google Play.

Calendário 2017

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Total 24 Hours of Spa Total 24 Hours of Spa (Bélgica) 27 - 30 Julho

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GUEDES EM SUZUKA

 

Francisco Guedes em Suzuka para a jornada do Blancpain GT Asia Series
 
A Ferrari Portugal está a caminho de Suzuka no Japão com Francisco Guedes que vai disputar a  24 e 25 de Junho a jornada japonesa do Blancpain GT Asia Series. Esta participação surge logo depois da Ferrari Portugal ter consigo, através de Miguel Ramos, vencer a primeira prova do GT Open em Paul Ricard.
 
Uma sequência de provas que se espera profícua para os pilotos da Ferrari Portugal. Francisco Guedes vai juntar-se na Ásia a Rui Águas e procurar lutar pela vitória com o Ferrari 488 GT3 da AF Corse: “Foi com enorme agrado que recebi o convite para me juntar ao Rui Águas neste desafio asiático. Conheço bem o Rui e acredito que em conjunto podemos conseguir um bom resultado. A vitória está nas minhas aspirações consciente que tenho de aproveitar bem os treinos para conhecer a pista, uma novidade para mim”, começou por explicar.
 
Sem programa desportivo definido para este ano, esta participação acontece em boa altura para Francisco Guedes: “Estou sempre pronto para novos desafios e confesso que com alguma ansiedade. Não conheço este campeonato em particular mas já tive oportunidade de ver que o nível é muito alto. Estou por isso entusiasmado e algo ansioso para entrar em pista, até porque o Ferrari 488 tem provas dadas de sucesso e o Rui Águas é, como todos sabem, um excelente piloto”, concluiu o piloto da Ferrari Portugal entusiasmado.
 
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GT EM INGLATERRA

Steering issues blight TF Sport challenge at Silverstone 500

 

Having taken a victory last time out with Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston, TF Sport were bullish heading into the Silverstone 500 this weekend (10-11 June, 2017) in what is the fourth round of the British GT Championship. Unfortunately, the race weekend turned out to be a disappointing one with power steering issues blunting the challenge, almost from the outset.

Saturday practice saw the team working through setup programmes, adapting to the changing circuit with tyre pressure changes on both the #1 and #11 Aston Martin Vantages. Having set the fourth and ninth best times in GT3 in practice, qualifying saw a similar pattern emerge with Johnston and Adam recording the seventh fastest time overall in GT3.
 
Race day saw the #1 team lose position almost from the outset as Johnston spun on the opening lap. With it all to do, Johnston carved his way through the field to run ninth before a power steering failure forced him to pit with just under 40 minutes complete.
 
“I spun on the first lap and then had to wait for the field to pass though,” Johnston said, “I then felt like I had a puncture and pitted immediately, the car just wouldn’t turn all of a sudden. It was of course the steering, it’s was impossible to drive. Looking now at the times Jonny is doing in the race is really impressive with 750 kilo V12 over the front wheels and no power assist.”
 
Adam took over for the second stint, making ground to close in on the eighth placed #19 of Charlie Robertson. Lapping a second quicker than those ahead, he ran out of time and pitted to hand back to Johnston with 90 minutes remaining before taking the chequered flag in ninth.
 
Meanwhile, over in the #11 side of the garage, the start of the race proved to be less dramatic with Mark Farmer enjoying a good opening stint, despite pressure from behind to run fourth overall from ninth off the grid before handing over to teammate Jon Barnes.
 
“It was a good stint even if I had to defend quite a bit from those behind,” said Farmer. “Still, we’re in the mix and let’s see what Jon can do.”
 
While the #11 crew were able to maintain position, there just wasn’t enough pace to make progress. Farmer lost further time late in the race when the #31 forced him into a high-speed spin, before finishing the race in seventh position.
 
“We’re a bit lost to be honest,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “We made a lot of changes to the #1 Aston after qualifying and Derek in particular was happy with the gains – not just in lap time – but in ease of achieving those times. It didn’t matter much today in the race though with the steering failure. They pushed on and finished which may not seem much at the moment, but you never know, could matter come the end of the season. 
 
“With the #11, there was the spin, but that didn’t cost us that much but Mark did a great job all weekend as did Jon. It’s just a case of us needing to find more speed from the package – as it has been in recent rounds.”

The next round of the British GT championship takes place at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium on 7-8 July. Before then TF Sport will be in action this week at the Road to Le Mans, as well as the classic 24-Hour event itself.

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JAS MOTORSPORT

 

Fairytale weekend for JAS Hondas


JAS Motorsport Hondas enjoyed another sensational weekend with victories in three major touring car series across the globe, all of which they now lead.

M1RA celebrated second one-two finish in as many TCR International Series weekends with a superb display at the Salzburgring in Austria as Roberto Colciago won for the third time in 2017 to move into second place in the Drivers’ Championship.

The Hungarian team had begun the weekend in disastrous fashion with Colciago’s team-mate Attila Tassi crashing heavily in testing. Tassi was able to walk away unscathed thanks to the strength and safety of the JAS-built Civic, but the car was declared unraceable.

Keen to help M1RA protect their Teams’ Championship lead, JAS dispatched a spare car at 20h00 on Friday night from their Milan headquarters, which arrived at 04h00 Saturday morning and was miraculously prepared in time for Tassi to take part in free practice.

Despite starting last, the teenager finished Race 1 in ninth spot and then added second place in Race 2 behind Colciago to lie fifth in the points.

Reno Racing’s Jens Moller had his best weekend of 2017; the Dane securing eighth and ninth spots to score his first points of the season.

Josh Files made it three wins from four races in TCR Germany with a dominant double win at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The reigning champion leapt from eighth on the grid to first within two corners of Race 1 and was the dominant force to increase both his lead of the Drivers’ points battle and Target Competition UK-SUI’s Teams’ Championship advantage.

Moritz Oestreich of Honda Team ADAC Sachsen and Files’ team-mate Kris Richard made it three Hondas in the top four in Race 2. Steve Kirsch (Sachsen), Jurgen Schmarl and Jose Rodrigues (both Target) secured top-10 finishes.

In Super Taikyu, the Honda-supported Motul Dome Racing Project made it three wins from three rounds of the ultra-popular endurance series in 2017 thanks to Hiroki Kato, Keishi Ishikawa and Takuya Kurosawa.

Ninety seconds behind the leader with an hour to go, Kato began a relentless charge that brought him into top spot with just 15 minutes to go. Victory increased the trio's lead of the ST-TCR class points.

The sister machine featured an all-new driver line-up for Suzuka with Castrol Honda WTCC driver Ryo Michigami joining Hidenori Kouuchi and drift king Keichi Tsuchiya – making his first race start since 2003. They finished fifth after Michigami was hit and suffered puncture during his stint.

Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “What a weekend and what an incredible team effort from JAS and M1RA to make sure a fresh car was delivered for Attila in time to race after – quite literally – burning the midnight oil! To score a one-two finish is the icing on the cake after a Herculean effort and Roberto's chances were helped by Attila playing the perfect team-mate role and keeping a flying Stefano Comini behind. He was able to establish a small gap that helped secure the win. I must also congratulate Josh Files and Target Competition, who have once again proved themselves the class of the field in TCR Germany, and the Dome Racing Team for another deserved win in Super Taikyu.”

Photo information:
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Roberto Colciago leads M1RA team-mate Attila Tassi, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR International Series, Salzburgring, Austria.
Bottom (L) Josh Files, Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Germany, Red Bull Ring, Austria; (R) Hiroki Kato/Takuya Kurosawa/Keishi Ishikawa, Motul Dome Racing Project Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu Series, Suzuka, Japan.

About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, which it currently fields in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Since then, the organisation has designed and built Honda's hugely-successful Civic Type R TCR, which won four major championships in 2016 and '17.

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ALBUQUERQUE EM SPA

 

Filipe Albuquerque nas 24h de Spa-Francorchamps

Filipe Albuquerque vai disputar as 24h de Spa-Francorchamps de 27 a 30 Julho com a ISR Racing tendo como companheiros de equipa Filip Salaquarda e Clemens Schmid. Mas antes de enfrentar a emblemática prova belga, pontuável para o Blancpain GT Series, o piloto português fará primeiro a jornada de Paul Ricard nos próximos dias 23 e 24 de Junho para se adaptar à equipa e aos pilotos com que dividirá a condução do R8.

Filipe recebeu com agrado o convite que lhe vai tornar o seu programa desportivo de 2017 um pouco mais extenso: “Fiquei muito contente. As 24h de Spa são sem sombra de dúvida a melhor corrida de GT do mundo. Já conheço bem o carro e sei que os meus companheiros de equipa são bastante bons. Resta por isso, ajustar-me à nova estrutura durante a prova de Paul Ricard, que vai funcionar como teste de preparação. Estou muito confiante, pois vou estar a trabalhar com um engenheiro muito bom com o qual já obtive excelentes resultados. Estão reunidos os ingredientes de sucesso”, referiu o piloto português.

Filipe antes de enveredar por mais este desafio terá outra prova muito importante, as 24h de Le Mans que acontecem já no fim-de-semana de 17 e 18 de Junho.

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GT OPEN EM PAUL RICARD EM TEMPO DE BALANÇO

 

GT OPEN EM PAUL RICARD EM TEMPO DE BALANÇO

 

  1. O GT Open em Paul Ricard não correu tão bem para Portugal. Miguel Ramos acabou em 7. da geral, António Coimbra e Luís Silva foram 4os. no AM e Lourenço Beirão da Veiga voltou a ter problemas no M6 GT3, numa corrida onde foi o outro BMW da Teo Martín que ganhou. Miguel Ramos está em 4. Do campeonato com os mesmo pontos dos terceiros e a apenas 4. dos líderes, cujo Lexus desta feita ficou aquém das expectativas.

 

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GT OPEN EM PAUL RICARD - FRANÇA

 

 

  1. Beirão da Veiga e Farfus sem sorte em Paul Ricard no GT Open

 

Fim-de-semana para esquecer para o Team Costa Campos Racing, que este fim-de-semana esteve presente, em Paul Ricard, na 3ª jornada dupla do International GT Open. A dupla Lourenço Beirão da Veiga / Augusto Farfus esteve na discussão do pódio nas duas corridas, mas acabou por abandonar devido a um contratempo técnico na primeira e um toque na segunda.

Depois ter sido 3º na sessão de qualificação da primeira corrida, ...coube a Augusto Farfus a tarefa de arrancar no primeiro confronto. O piloto Brasileiro esteve brilhante e logo no arranque saltou para a liderança, posição que se manteve até ao momento de paragem na box para mudança de piloto. Quando tudo apontava para uma segunda parte de corrida de gestão de vantagem, eis que Beirão da Veiga nem chegou a entrar em pista, uma vez que o BMW M6 GT3 teve um inicio de incêndio em plenas boxes, para desilusão da dupla do Team Costa Campos Racing. Ainda no Sábado, no final desta corrida, Farfus referia que foi "um final inglório. Depois de um grande esforço para me manter na frente e de ter conseguido alguma vantagem para os meus adversários perder esta corrida assim é frustrante. Acredito que o Lourenço poderia ter gerido a vantagem e a vitória estava perfeitamente ao nosso alcance mas enfim, não havia muito que fazer", referiu o piloto oficial da BMW, que substituiu Tiago Monteiro nesta jornada Francesa do GT Open.

Já hoje teve lugar a 2ª corrida do fim-de-semana, com Lourenço Beirão da Veiga a ser 8º na qualificação. Na corrida LBV recuperou de imediato uma posição, mantendo-se no grupo da frente nas voltas iniciais, até que um toque agressivo de uma adversário deitaria por terra as aspirações da equipa Angolana Team Costa Campos Racing. Beirão da Veiga comentou no final que "não há muito a comentar sobre a corrida de hoje, é visível que estes toques são intencionais e a este nível não fazem qualquer sentido. Enfim, saímos a zeros de um fim-de-semana que poderíamos ter realisticamente obtido dois pódios. É uma desilusão para toda a equipa mas há que olhar em frente, motivados e concentrar na próxima corrida, na Hungria", finalizou LBV, que perdeu aqui, sem qualquer culpa, uma grande oportunidade de obter importantes pontos para o campeonato.

O vencedor da corrida de ontem foi a dupla Mikkel Mac e Miguel Ramos, em Ferrari 488, com Thomas Biagi e Giovanni Venturini (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) em 2º e Valentin Tom Onslow-Cole em Mercedes AMG Gt3 a fecharem o pódio. Já hoje na 2ª corrida foi a dupla Victor Bouveng e Fran Rueda em BMW M6 GT3 a vencer. A próxima corrida do International GT Open tem lugar em Hungaroring, na Hungria no fim-de-semana de 1 e 2 de Julho

 

GT OPEN - PAUL RICARD

 

Maiden win for Rueda-Bouveng as BMW Teo Martín returns to the top

The Spaniard and the Swede put perfect strategic race to triumph in Race 2 at Ricard
First podium for Postiglione-Fontana (Imperiale Lambo), 2nd
Hahn-Hellmeister (Drivex Mercedes) take 3rd and win in Pro-Am
Poker of consecutive wins for Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) in GT-Am

Fran Rueda and Victor Bouveng took their maiden win in the International GT Open, giving the BMW M6 and Teo Martín Motorsport their first success of the season. The Spaniard and the Swede, after taking P5 in Race 1, built strategically their success today.

They preceded the Imperiale Racing Lambo of Vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana, who clinch their first podium, and the Drivex Mercedes of Marcelo Hahn-Alex Hellmeister, who win in Pro-Am ahead of Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) and Plachutta-Jäger (Lechner Mercedes). Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo impressed again in GT-Am, taking their fourth success in a row.

After the French round, the situation at the top of the standings is closer and closer, with Costa-Frommenwiler still leaders, but with only 3 points over Biagi-Venturini and 4 over Rueda-Bouveng, Ramos-Mac and the Farnbacher brothers. 




Maiden win for Rueda-Bouveng as BMW Teo Martín returns to the top 
The Spaniard and the Swede put perfect strategic race to triumph in Race 2 at Ricard First podium for Postiglione-Fontana (Imperiale Lambo), 2nd  Hahn-Hellmeister (Drivex Mercedes) take 3rd and win in Pro-Am Poker of consecutive wins for Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) in GT-Am

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Fran Rueda and Victor Bouveng took their maiden win in the International GT Open, giving the BMW M6 and Teo Martín Motorsport their first success of the season. The Spaniard and the Swede, after taking P5 in Race 1, built strategically their success today. 
They preceded the Imperiale Racing Lambo of Vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana, who clinch their first podium, and the Drivex Mercedes of Marcelo Hahn-Alex Hellmeister, who win in Pro-Am ahead of Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) and Plachutta-Jäger (Lechner Mercedes). Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo impressed again in GT-Am, taking their fourth success in a row. 
After the French round, the situation at the top of the standings is closer and closer, with Costa-Frommenwiler still leaders, but with only 3 points over Biagi-Venturini and 4 over Rueda-Bouveng, Ramos-Mac and the Farnbacher brothers.  
THE RACE – At the start, Caldarelli keeps the advantage of the pole, in front of Jäger, Cioci, Rueda, Hellmeister, Postiglione, Ledogar, Beirão, Frommenwiler and Ramos. There is some cutting at first chicane, but first laps are quite orderly, except for Ling cutting the Mistral chicane in lap 2. Postiglione has taken 5th from Hellmeister, while Ramos, after passing Frommenwiler is attacking Beirão. There is a contact in lap 5, at last corner, with the Ferrari passing but reporting some body damage and Beirão retiring one lap later, at the same time as Mario Farnbacher withdraws in the pits, with the same steering problems as yesterday. 
By lap 10, Caldarelli’s advantage has grown to 5 seconds, with Cioci, Rueda and Postiglione completing a stable top-5. Ramos gets a 10-second penalty for the incident with Beirão. The nicest battle is between Frommenwiler, Biagi, Rizzo and Ling for 9th. While the driver change period is on, there is a contact between Bell and Tappy. Balbiani leads in GT-Am ahead of Rizzo.
After all pit stops, Bouveng passes Fu and takes first, with Fontana in third ahead of Hahn, Plachutta, Perazzini, West, Venturini and Sini. As the Swede increases slightly his advantage, things stabilize, with Hahn third and Perazzini passing Plachutta. The Italian will also pass the Mercedes but lose again half-lap later finishing fourth. Moiseev takes a new success in GT-Am, preceding Hrachowina and Basso. 
 
 
 
 
THE WORD OF THE WINNERS 
Fran Rueda: “We prepared the entire weekend focusing on Race 2 and sparing tires for today. The strategy played well and we were able to win. The entire team did a very good job and deserves praise.” 
Miguel Ramos: “It’s a great sensation to take our first win in the GT Open, I am really very happy. Fran did a fantastic job in the first stint and I had a relatively easy task in the second, where my main concern was the heat.”  
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6 OF 14
Overall: 1. Costa-Frommenwiler, 42 points; 2. Biagi-Venturini, 39; 3. D.&M. Farnbacher, Rueda-Bouveng, Ramos-Mac, 38; 6. Perazzini-Cioci, 32; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Cioci-Perazzini, 38 points; 2. Bell-Balfe, 36; 3. Hahn, 27; 4. Benham-Tappy, 24; 5. West-Ledogar, 22; 6. Onslow Cole-Pierburg, 18; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Rizzo-Moiseev, 20 points; 2. Coimbra-Silva, 18; 3. Konrad- Hrachowina, 17; 4. Basso, 14; 5. Figueiredo, 8; etc   Teams: 1. Imperiale Racing, 32 points; 2. BMW Team Teo Martin, 25; 3. Emil Frey Racing, Farnbacher Racing, 24 points; 5. Garage59, 22; 6. Spirit of Race, 19; etc…   
 

 

GT OPEN - PAUL RICARD

 

Mikes’day’ at the Ricard: Mac-Ramos take great win in Race 1

The Dane and the Portuguese give Ferrari and Spirit of Race first win of the season after a great battle in a hot afternoon
Venturini-Biagi (Imperiale Lambo) take 2nd ahead of Pierburg-Onslow Cole (SPS Mercedes), who sign maiden Pro-Am win
Third Am success of the year for Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari)
Farfus (Teo Martín BMW) dominates first stint before fire at pit stop, while Costa-Frommenwiler, 4th, become new points leaders

It was the day of the Mikes in a very warm afternoon at the Paul Ricard: the Spirit of Race pair of Mikkel Mac and Miguel Ramos gave Spirit of Race and Ferrari their first win of the year, after a beautiful and closely-fought fight. The Dane and the Portuguese emerged as victors in front of the Imperiale Racing Lambo Huracán of Giovanni Venturini-Thomas Biagi, at their second seasonal podium, and the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG of Valentin Pierburg-Tom Onslow Cole.

The British-German pair took a stunning maiden win in Pro-Am, ahead of Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) and Hahn-Hellmeister (Drivex Mercedes).  Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo (Kaspersky Racing Ferrari) won again in Am, beating Konrad-Hrachowina (MS Racing Mercedes) and Basso-Galbiani (Sports&You Mercedes). 

The first part of the race was dominated by the Teo Martín BMW M6 of Augusto Farfus, who strenuously defended his first position until the pit stop, where an oil leak set fire to the rear compartment of the car.  The best Lexus was the Emil Frey Racing car of Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, who took 4th, enough to take the championship lead from the Farnbacher brother, who had to retire.

 

‘Mikes’day’ at the Ricard: Mac-Ramos take great win in Race 1
The Dane and the Portuguese give Ferrari and Spirit of Race first win of the season after a great battle in a hot afternoon Venturini-Biagi (Imperiale Lambo) take 2nd ahead of Pierburg-Onslow Cole (SPS Mercedes), who sign maiden Pro-Am win Third Am success of the year for Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) Farfus (Teo Martín BMW) dominates first stint before fire at pit stop, while CostaFrommenwiler, 4th, become new points leaders

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It was the day of the Mikes in a very warm afternoon at the Paul Ricard: the Spirit of Race pair of Mikkel Mac and Miguel Ramos gave Spirit of Race and Ferrari their first win of the year, after a beautiful and closely-fought fight. The Dane and the Portuguese emerged as victors in front of the Imperiale Racing Lambo Huracán of Giovanni Venturini-Thomas Biagi, at their second seasonal podium, and the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG of Valentin Pierburg-Tom Onslow Cole. 
The British-German pair took a stunning maiden win in Pro-Am, ahead of Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) and Hahn-Hellmeister (Drivex Mercedes).  Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo (Kaspersky Racing Ferrari) won again in Am, beating Konrad-Hrachowina (MS Racing Mercedes) and Basso-Galbiani (Sports&You Mercedes).  
The first part of the race was dominated by the Teo Martín BMW M6 of Augusto Farfus, who strenuously defended his first position until the pit stop, where an oil leak set fire to the rear compartment of the car.  The best Lexus was the Emil Frey Racing car of Albert CostaPhilipp Frommenwiler, who took 4th, enough to take the championship lead from the Farnbacher brother, who had to retire.
THE RACE – Drama starts in the out lap as the FFF Racing Lambo of Liuzzi goes on fire, because of a fuel leak. The starting procedure is delayed. At the start, poleman Mac gets sandwiched between Onslow-Cole and Farfus, and there is further rubbing in the first corners. It’s Farfus taking the lead ahead of Bell, Mac, Venturini, Tappy, Costa, OnslowCole, De Narda and Liberati. In lap 2, Costa takes 5th from Tappy, and two laps later, Mac passes Bell for second and starts chasing Farfus, with whom he starts fighting. In lap 5, with a great move on the outside, Bouveng takes P9 from Liberati. 
Lap 8 sees the retirement of the Lexus of D.Farnbacher (steering problems), while also Sini is forced to stop with a brakes issue. In the lead, Farfus and Mac keep fighting for the delight of spectators. The Brazilian seems to start suffering with his tires but manages to resist to all attacks. The duel allows Bell, Venturini and Onslow-Cole to rejoin, with further battling among the quintet, and Bell passed by both Venturini and Onslow-Cole in lap 14. 
 
 
 
The show goes on until the driver change, which sees the Spirit of Race Ferrari making a relatively early and strategic stop, while Farfus pits in lap 18. The BMW was leaking oil drops since a number of laps, but at the stop the leakage from the transmission ignites the brakes, putting an end to its race. 
After all stops, Ramos leads with 5 seconds over Pierburg and 7 on Biagi. The Portuguese will increase the gap up to 9 seconds, staying safely in the lead while Biagi takes second in lap 23 from Pierburg. Frommenwiler and Rueda follow and the show is behind, as Ling, Postiglione, Balfe and Cioci fight for sixth. Postiglione would have to stop with a mute car while Ling cannot resist to the charge of Cioci and Hellmeister passes Balfe. Late retirement also for the Bentley of Witt. 
In GT-Am, Rizzo gives the success to the Kaspersky Ferrari despite a spin, as the Mercedes of Silva, which had led in the first stint, is passed by Konrad and Balbiani for the class podium.   
THE WORD OF THE WINNERS 
Mikkel Mac: “It was an incredible first part of the race, with fights all over the place, it wasn’t easy but it was fun. The entire team did a great job today, it’s a very nice win.” 
Miguel Ramos: “First at last! The car was just fantastic today and the race quite hot! We went for an earlier stop, as Mikkel was stuck in traffic and I pushed as hell at the beginning of my stint, I think that also played in our favor.” 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 5 OF 14
Overall: 1. Costa-Frommenwiler, 41; 2. D.&M. Farnbacher, 38; 3. Ramos-Mac, 34; 4. Venturini-Biagi, 34; 5. BellBalfa, 31; 6. Perazzini-Cioci, 24; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 33 points; 2. Cioci-Perazzini, 30; 3. Benham-Tappy, 24; 5. West-Ledogar, 20; 5. Hahn,  17; 6. Onslow Cole-Pierburg, 14; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Coimbra-Silva, 16 points; 2. Moiseev-Rizzo, 15; 3. Konrad- Hrachowina, 13; 4. Basso, 11; 5. Figueiredo, 8; 6. Barreiros-Guedes, 5; .  Teams: 1. Emil Frey Racing, Farnbacher Racing, 24 points; 3. Imperiale Racing,  Garage59, 22; 5. Spirit of Race, 19; 6. BMW Teo Martín, 15; etc…   
 

 

RECUPERAÇÃO PARA PARENTE

 

Modo de recuperação para Álvaro Parente

 

Álvaro Parente teve um dia difícil em Zolder, onde decorre a terceira etapa da Blancpain Sprint Cup deste ano, mas ainda assim, conseguiu assegurar um décimo lugar na Corrida de Qualificação, depois de uma qualificação difícil.

Numa competição tão forte como esta, considerada o Campeonato Europeu GT Sprint, tudo tem que estar perfeito para que os resultados possam aparecer e na qualificação desta manhã, mais uma vez, isso ficou provado, com os vinte e oito mais rápidos da Q2 a ficarem separados por menos de um segundo.

Face a tal índice competitivo, um concorrente lento na segunda chicane do traçado belga durante a sua melhor volta da Q2 atirou o português para a eliminação e para o décimo oitavo posto da grelha de partida, muito embora tenha perdido apenas meio segundo para o mais rápido.

Apesar da contrariedade, Álvaro Parente não baixou os braços e na primeira volta, com uma abordagem agressiva e decisiva, subiu até ao décimo primeiro posto, chegando mesmo a rodar no nono lugar.

Ben Barnicoat realizou o segundo turno, vendo a bandeirada de xadrez na décima posição, concluindo uma boa prestação do duo luso-inglês, depois de ter arrancado de décimo oitavo. “O carro está bem equilibrado, mas a qualificação não correu pelo melhor e isso determinou as nossas possibilidades na corrida. Neste circuito é muito difícil ultrapassar e resolvi atacar ao máximo na primeira volta para tentar recuperar lugares, o que consegui. A partir de então pouco nos restava que tentar aproveitar os erros dos nossos adversários e terminar. Penso que, olhando para a qualificação, este décimo lugar é muito positivo”, afirmou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Amanhã será Ben Barnicoat a arrancar para a Corrida de Qualificação, alinhando no décimo posto da grelha de partida, estando o português determinado em prosseguir a recuperação que encetou hoje. “Não há muito a fazer para além de atacar! Temos que dar o máximo, aproveitar todas as oportunidades para tentarmos alcançar um resultado razoável. Não vai ser fácil, as ultrapassagens são difíceis em Zolder, mas temos que tentar e dar o nosso melhor em cada momento da prova”, sublinhou Álvaro Parente.

A corrida de amanhã terá o seu início às 14h00, Horas de Lisboa, podendo ser seguida em directo através do website oficial do Blancpain GT Series – blancpain-gt-series.com/live – da Sport TV5 e Motorsport.TV.ax41 Copy

 

PARENTE SEM SORTE

 

Sorte vira as costas a Álvaro Parente

 

Álvaro Parente não teve a sorte pelo seu lado na Corrida Principal da ronda de Zolder da Blancpain Sprint Cup, tendo um furo determinado o desfecho do seu fim-de-semana belga.

Depois da boa recuperação na Corrida de Qualificação, realizada ontem, o português esperava poder continuar hoje a subir na classificação e o início de Ben Barnicoat, que efectuou o primeiro turno, até foi prometedor, tendo ascendido ao sétimo lugar no final da primeira volta, apesar de ter alinhado na décima posição da grelha de partida.

Contudo, logo na quarta volta qualquer veleidade em assegurar um bom resultado foi desfeita, uma vez que um furo no pneu dianteiro esquerdo/direito obrigou o colega de equipa de Álvaro Parente a uma passagem pelas boxes, atirando-o para o fundo da tabela classificativa.

Posteriormente, o McLaren 650S #58 acabaria ainda por sofrer uma passagem pelas boxes como penalização, devido a uma contrariedade nos procedimentos de partida, que no fundo não teve qualquer impacto na prova do duo luso-inglês que tinha já a sua prova completamente condicionada e sem qualquer possibilidade de alcançar um resultado nos pontos, como era perfeitamente possível após a primeira volta.

“Não há muito a dizer sobre a prova de hoje. Penso que poderíamos ter conquistado um resultado interessante, mas o furo acabou com as nossas expectativas. A partir daí pouco mais nos restava que levar o carro até à bandeirada de xadrez. O carro estava equilibrado e provou uma vez mais a sua fiabilidade e estes foram os únicos aspectos positivos deste domingo”, afirmou o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

Muito embora tenha passado por um fim-de-semana desapontante, o português olha em frente com determinação, seguro de que daqui para a frente só é possível ter mais sorte. “Foi um fim-de-semana cheio de contrariedades, seria difícil correr pior, mas por vezes os ‘deuses das corridas’ estão de costas voltadas para nós. Só nos resta continuar a trabalhar e aproveitar as oportunidades que haveremos ter”, sublinhou Álvaro Parente.

A próxima ronda do Blancpain Sprint Cup disputa-se entre 25 e 27 de Agosto em Hungaroring, mas já no próximo dia 17 de Junho, e semana precedente, estará em La Sarthe para disputar as 24 Horas de Le Mans.ax34 Copy

 

MIGUEL RAMOS NO GT OPEN EM SPA

Com o aproximar do Verão, aumenta também a temperatura no International GT Open. Estarei em Paul Ricard no próximo fim de semana com o Mikkel Mac, dividindo o Ferrari 488 GT3, para a terceira prova do calendário de 2017.

Foi excelente o pódio na Bélgica, mas ambicionamos mais. O ano passado consegui vencer em Paul Ricard e ainda que tenha noção das dificuldades que teremos, vamos lutar ao máximo para tentar repetir o êxito do ano passado. Paul Ricard tem duas facetas, pois va...ria entre zonas muito técnicas com curvas encadeadas e onde precisamos de um excelente chassis, para depois alternar as longas retas que exigem bastante do motor e logicamente de fortes travões.

As corridas do International GT Open a disputar em Paul Ricard, poderão ser seguidas no sábado pelas 15:10h na SportTV3 e no domingo pelas 13:05h na SportTV2, para além da habitual livestream no

 

TIAGO MONTEIRO AUSENTE EM PAUL RICARD

Tiago Monteiro adia a sua estreia no GT Open para final de junho no Hungaroring

 

 

Tiago Monteiro teve de tomar a difícil decisão de não alinhar este fim-de-semana na jornada do International GT Open em Paul Ricard ao lado de Lourenço Beirão da Veiga devido a uma pequena lesão contraída na última etapa do WTCC em Nordschleife que não permite ao piloto estar nas suas melhores condições físicas para enfrentar um fim-de-semana de competição. Em sua substituição e de comum acordo... foi escolhido o Augusto Farfus, piloto oficial da BMW.

Do acidente que Tiago protagonizou na Alemanha devido a um furo resultou uma lesão de um nervo no pescoço que tem dado fortes dores. Assim, o piloto da Honda decidiu acatar os conselhos médicos e por precaução, não competir este fim-de-semana para assegurar recuperação completa para a jornada do WTCC em Vila Real de 24 a 25 de Junho.

"Apesar de o meu acidente em Nordschleife não ter sido violento, o embate lateral causou uma pequena lesão num nervo do pescoço. Na altura não apresentava queixas que só acabaram por aparecer dias depois. Sinto-me melhor dia após dia mas é preferível, apenas por precaução, não competir este fim-de-semana. Até porque o objectivo é estar a 100% para a corrida do WTCC em Vila Real, esse sim, o meu campeonato prioritário. Não há necessidade de correr riscos. Tenho pena de não fazer a prova, mas tenho a certeza que o Augusto Farfus vai fazer um trabalho fantástico e só posso agradecer-lhe por ter aceite substituir-me no último minuto", disse Tiago.

 

MIGUEL RAMOS EM PAUL RICARD

O International GT Open aquece no Sul de França.

 

Com o aproximar do Verão, aumenta também a temperatura no International GT Open com a visita ao Circuito de Paul Ricard no Sul de França. Miguel Ramos e Mikkel Mac dividirão uma vez mais o Ferrari 488 GT3, nesta que é a terceira prova do calendário de 2017.

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O normalmente quente Sul de França aguarda pelo International GT Open. A terceira prova do calendário 2017 terá lugar no próximo fim de semana, com as 5ª e 6ª corridas da temporada no Circuito de Paul Ricard, a fantástica e icónica pista perto de Le Castellet.

Após o primeiro pódio da época em SPA, Miguel Ramos está otimista à partida para França, “foi excelente o pódio na Bélgica, mas ambicionamos mais. O ano passado consegui vencer em Paul Ricard e ainda que tenha noção das dificuldades que teremos, vamos lutar ao máximo para tentar repetir o êxito do ano passado. Paul Ricard tem duas facetas, pois varia entre zonas muito técnicas com curvas encadeadas e onde precisamos de um excelente chassis, para depois alternar as longas retas que exigem bastante do motor e logicamente de fortes travões”.

A Euroformula Open acompanha o GT Open em todos os eventos, enriquecendo assim o programa. Adicionalmente para este evento em Paul Ricard, a Boss GP, e o Championnat de France Super Tourisme FFSA + Mitjets 2L, proporcionarão um grande espetáculo neste fim de semana no Sul de França.

As corridas do International GT Open a disputar em Paul Ricard, poderão ser seguidas ao vivo no sábado pelas 15:10h na SportTV3, e no domingo pelas 13:05h na SportTV2, para além da habitual livestream em www.miguelramossport.com

Horário Previsto C.E.T. (-1 em Portugal)

Sábado, 10 de junho

10:50 – 11:20 Euroformula Open Qualifying 1

11:30 – 12:00 International GT Open Qualifying 1

15:15 – Euroformula Open Race 1 (15 laps máx 35’)

16:15 – 17:25 International GT Open Race 1 (70’) Live na SportTV3 e em www.miguelramossport.com

 

Domingo, 11 de junho

09:00 – 09:30 Euroformula Open Qualifying 2

09:45 – 10:15 International GT Open Qualifying 2

13:15 – Euroformula Open Race 2 (15 laps máx 35’)

14:15 – 15:15 International GT Open Race 2 (60’) Live na SportTV2 e em www.miguelramossport.com

 

Calendário 2017

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/portugal_flag.jpg    Estoril 29 - 30 de Abril

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/belgium_flag.jpg    Spa 27 - 28 de Maio

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/france_flag.jpg    Paul Ricard 10 – 11 de Junho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/hungary_flag.jpg    Hungaroring 1 – 2 de Julho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/england_flag.jpg    Silverstone 2 – 3 de Setembro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/italy_flag.jpg    Monza 30 Set – 1 de Outubro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/spain_flag.jpg    Barcelona 28 – 29 de Outubro

 

GT OPEN EM SPA

 

Paul Ricard round bound to be much more than a summer party!

Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW to lead the chase to Lexus in the third round of the season, as gap in the standings get smaller

Mercedes-Ferrari duel in the GT-Am class

The entry numbers keep growing: at least 27 cars in France

Konrad, Lechner, Antonelli and AB Sport Auto squads join at Le Castellet

Tiago Monteiro makes GT Open debut with BMW Teo Martín Motorsport

Less than two weeks after Spa, the International GT Open is back for the third round of a very exciting and reach 2017 season. The series is heading South, to the Provence and the Circuit Paul Ricard, the track known for its hi-tech premises and the magnificent surroundings made of coast, medieval villages and hilly landscapes. No doubt that, at this time of the year, summer will add a very pleasant touch to the stay.

Holidays, though, is certainly not the objective of the weekend for the GT Open contenders, whose list continues to grow: no less than 27 cars are confirmed at this very moment and a couple of others could join in the forthcoming hours.

The Estoril and Spa rounds yielded surprising and historic results, with the new Lexus RC-F GT3 managing to take the for wins, evenly distributed among Emil Frey Racing and Farnbacher Racing, the two teams fielding the Japanese car. In France, on a high-speed track, it is likely that the trend will be over-turned, as the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs and McLarens, already showed, with their pace and podium finishes, that they are ready to fight for top honours.

In the overall standings, nothing is done. The Farnbacher brothers, Dominik and Mario, have only a 5-point lead over Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, the other Lexus duo, with the two top Pro-Am pairs, Rob Bell-Shaun Balfe and Alexander West-Côme Ledogar, both with McLaren machinery, and the Lambo of Thomas Biagi-Giovanni Venturini not far at all, and closely followed by the Ferrari duos of Piergiuseppe Perazzini-Marco Cioci and Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac, the other 650 of Mike Benham-Duncan Tappy and the BMW of Victor Bouveng-Fran Rueda.

In the GT-Am class, it’s reigning champions Luis Silva-António Coimbra, with a Sports&You Mercedes AMG, leading the standings, although still seeking for their first win of the season, with only a 4 points gap on the Kaspersky Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo and the MS Mercedes of Austrians Alexander Hrachowina-Martin Konrad.

 

Paul Ricard round bound to be much more than a summer party!

Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW to lead the chase to Lexus in the third round of the season, as gap in the standings get smaller
Mercedes-Ferrari duel in the GT-Am class
The entry numbers keep growing: at least 27 cars in France
Konrad, Lechner, Antonelli and AB Sport Auto squads join at Le Castellet
Tiago Monteiro makes GT Open debut with BMW Teo Martín Motorsport
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Less than two weeks after Spa, the International GT Open is back for the third round of a very exciting and reach 2017 season. The series is heading South, to the Provence and the Circuit Paul Ricard, the track known for its hi-tech premises and the magnificent surroundings made of coast, medieval villages and hilly landscapes. No doubt that, at this time of the year, summer will add a very pleasant touch to the stay. 
Holidays, though, is certainly not the objective of the weekend for the GT Open contenders, whose list continues to grow: no less than 27 cars are confirmed at this very moment and a couple of others could join in the forthcoming hours. 
The Estoril and Spa rounds yielded surprising and historic results, with the new Lexus RC-F GT3 managing to take the for wins, evenly distributed among Emil Frey Racing and Farnbacher Racing, the two teams fielding the Japanese car. In France, on a high-speed track, it is likely that the trend will be over-turned, as the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs and McLarens, already showed, with their pace and podium finishes, that they are ready to fight for top honours. 
In the overall standings, nothing is done. The Farnbacher brothers, Dominik and Mario, have only a 5-point lead over Albert Costa-Philipp Frommenwiler, the other Lexus duo, with the two top Pro-Am pairs, Rob Bell-Shaun Balfe and Alexander West-Côme Ledogar, both with McLaren machinery, and the Lambo of Thomas Biagi-Giovanni Venturini not far at all, and closely followed by the Ferrari duos of Piergiuseppe Perazzini-Marco Cioci and Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac, the other 650 of Mike Benham-Duncan Tappy and the BMW of Victor Bouveng-Fran Rueda.
In the GT-Am class, it’s reigning champions Luis Silva-António Coimbra, with a Sports&You Mercedes AMG, leading the standings, although still seeking for their first win of the season, with only a 4 points gap on the Kaspersky Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo and the MS Mercedes of Austrians Alexander Hrachowina-Martin Konrad. 
 
 
 
The Ricard round, as said, brings a fair deal of novelties. Among regular participants, a few driver changes have to be noted. While Tom Onslow-Cole retakes his place along Valentin Pierburg on the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes, Argentina’s GT and TC2000 specialist José Balbiani is teaming up this time with Marcio Basso in the second Sports&You Mercedes, and Brazil’s Alan Hellmeister, also with quite a complete CV in single-seaters, stock cars and GTs, will be associated with Marcelo Hahn on the Drivex Mercedes. 
The biggest news, though, is that this time the stellar name alongside Lourenço Beirão Da Veiga on the Teo Martín BMW M6 #51 will be Tiago Monteiro. After António Da Costa and Nelsinho Piquet, the elected for this round is no less than the most successful Portuguese driver in history. His reputation comes mainly from F.1, Indycar and WTCC, but it has not to be forgotten that the 40-year-old from Porto is also an accomplished GT driver. A charming and popular figure, he will be bringing more than his expertise to Teo Martín’s squad and the series. 
A number of new cars will also be on the starting blocks. Italian stalwart squad Antonelli Motorsport will be entering at least one Lamborghini Huracán, with Canada’s GT expert Mikaël Grenier and young Italian Kikko Galbiati already confirmed in the car entered in the Pro category. In Pro-Am, a very French touch will be brought by AB Sport Auto, the squad based not far from the track, already seen in the Winter Tests, which enters its Lambo Huracán for gentleman driver Harry Teneketzian and young (21) gun Joffrey De Narda. This round will also mark the first 2017 appearance of the Lechner Racing Mercedes AMG of Mario Plachutta and Thomas Jäger, the Austro-German charismatic pair that is a regular GT Open visitor. Last but not least, a name with quite some weight in the GT and sportscar scene will also join the party: Konrad Motorsport is entering a Lambo Huracán for Hendrick Still and Paul Scheuschner. No doubt that Franz Konrad and GT Open’s boss Jesús Pareja will find time for remembering the days where they both shone driving Group C cars in the WSC… 
At Ricard, the International GT Open and its sister series, the Euroformula Open, will share a quite entertaining race programme with the Sprint Série-promoted French Super Tourisme and Mitjet 2L, as well as with the Boss GP series, which will bring back to fans the thrill and … the sound of classic F.1 cars. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major national broadcasters in key countries such as UK (BT Sport), Italy (Sportitalia), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Russia, CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), Poland (PolSat Sport TV) and Central Europe (Digisport in CZ, SK, HU and RO), among others. In addition, international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend on demand. Races are also livestreamed in English and Italian with commentary by Ben Evans and Antonio Caruccio, respectively, on our website www.gtopen.net. 
 
 
GT Open Round 2: Circuit Paul Ricard, France
 
Timetable  (All times local, CET)
 
Friday 9 June 2017 11:00-12:00 Free Practice 1  14:25-15:25 Free Practice 2 17:00-17:50 Free Practice 3 (Bronze drivers only)
 
Saturday 10 June 2017  11:30-12:00  Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 16:15-17:25  Race 1 (70’ - Rolling Start)
 
Sunday 11 June 2017 09:45-10:15 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 14:15-15:15 Race 2 (60’ - Rolling Start)
 
The 2017 Calendar
30 April: Estoril (P) 28 May:  Spa-Francorchamps (B) 11 June: Circuit Paul Ricard (F) 02 July:  Hungaroring (H) 03 Sept: Silverstone (GB) 01 Oct:  Monza (I) 29 Oct:  Barcelona-Catalunya (E)

 

SEGUNDO AS PREVISÕES DA PIRELLI

APERITIVO DE 24 HORAS PARA A PIRELLI 

     NA RONDA  BELGA DO CAMPEONATO BLANCPAIN

 

 

​​​. O circuito belga de Zolder acolhe este fim de semana o campeonato Blancpain GT Sprint Cup, prova em que a Pirelli é o fornecedor exclusivo para toda a grelha, com o seu modelo P Zero DHD. Com as 24 horas de Spa a menos de dois meses de distância, este evento servirá para todos os participantes como uma preparação de contacto com a Bélgica antes da prova mais importante da temporada. A corrida de este fim de semana é terceira do campeonato, liderado por Maxi Buhk. 

Como é o circuito? 
Construído em 1963,  Zolder têm um perímetro de 4.011 metros. O seu traçado já acolheu no passado o grande prémio da Bélgica e combina zonas não muito rápidas com dificeis "chicanes".   Tal como nas 24 horas de Spa, um dos maiores desafios será a meteorologia belga, conhecida pela sua imprevisibilidade.

Quais os pneus que a Pirelli irá disponibilizar ? 
A Pirelli irá fornecer os P Zero DHD de seco a a versão para piso molhado WH para os 32 carros da grelha Blancpain GT. O DHD é um composto desenvolvido para responder de um modo efectivo a qualquer carro da grelha, que combina pilotos profissionais e amadores.

Quais serão as estratégias mais prováveis para a corrida? 
Disputam-se duas corridas, uma de classificação e a principal, com a duração de uma hora e com a mudança obrigatória de pilotos e pneus. Entre as voltas 25 e 35, está fixada as paragens (Pit Stops), que permite aos pilotos dividirem esforços, razão essencial da competição GT.

Comentários:
Matteo Braga, Responsável Pirelli  de atividades em circuito: “Zolder pode ser um aperitivo muito útil para as equipes enfrentarem as 24 horas de Spa. Embora os circuitos sejam distintos, as condições meteorológicas serão igualmente variáveis  e a atmosfera de público no circuito será muito similar, com uma importante legião de fans que se aproximarão do circuito  para ver os carros em ação. Por se tratar de uma carreira ao Sprint, o enfase  está na velocidade pura, com os Pirelli DHD a assegurar um grande rendimento tanto neste tipo de provas como nos turnos mais longos previstos nas corridas de resistência, como a da Spa.”

Os treinos oficiais disputam-se entre as 09:15 e as 10:10 de hoje, com manga de qualificação prevista a  partir das 16 horas. A corrida será amanhã, entre as  15.30 e as 16.30.

 

ART CAR NA BMW

  1. Art Car no carro nr18 da BMW. E mais uma vez não percebi onde o artista (o jovem chinês Cao Fei) irá chegar. Únicas certezas: para mim é que deve ser fei(o) como breu e será Augusto Farfus a guia-lo na Taça do Mundo FIA GT, lá para Novembro, em Macau.

 

PARENTE COM PÓDIO

 

Ultrapassagem garante pódio a Álvaro Parente

 

Álvaro Parente voltou a mostrar o porquê de ser um dos melhores pilotos de GT do mundo e, depois de ter pegado no seu McLaren 650S no oitavo posto, terminou no pódio a primeira corrida da ronda de Lime Rock do Pirelli World Challenge.

O piloto português, que faz equipa com Ben Barnicoat na terceira ronda da variante SprintX da competição conhecida como o Campeonato Americano de Carros de GT, teve um bom início na pista situada nos arredores de Lakeville, tendo sido o mais rápido na sessão de treinos-livres.

Porém, a chuva fez a sua aparição na qualificação e, consigo, trouxe a incerteza nas condições da pista, acabando o carro do duo luso-britânico por ficar com o sétimo posto da grelha de partida.

Ben Barnicoat realizou o primeiro turno, mantendo a sua posição até à paragem nas boxes, que acabou por atrasar a dupla do McLaren 650S #9, que passou a rodar no oitavo posto, então, já pelas mãos de Álvaro Parente.

O piloto oficial da McLaren GT não baixou os braços e começou imediatamente a pressionar o seu adversário mais próximo, conseguindo ultrapassá-lo, para depois beneficiar de um despiste e de uma penalização de dois adversários para subir ao quinto posto.

Após uma situação de Safety-Car, Álvaro Parente voltou ao ataque e, jogando como tráfego a seu favor, ultrapassou dois oponentes por fora ao longo da mesma curva, após uma manobra de cortar o fôlego, subido ao terceiro lugar.

Com os dois primeiros já bastante longe, o português rodou consistentemente de forma a colocar-se ao abrigo dos seus perseguidores, conquistando um merecido e improvável terceiro posto e uma subida ao pódio na companhia de Ben Barnicoat. “Foi preciso atacar e arriscar um pouco, mas correu tudo bem e conseguimos ganhar posições que foram determinantes para podermos alcançar ao terceiro posto e subir ao pódio. Foi um bom resultado, depois de uma qualificação difícil, que nos deixou bastante satisfeitos”, afirmou Álvaro Parente.

Para a corrida de amanhã, Álvaro Parente arranca do quinto posto, estando determinado em voltar a recuperar, juntamente com Ben Barnicoat, e a garantir um bom resultado. “Partimos um pouco mais à frente, o que nos permite pensar em garantir mais um bom resultado. Vamos tentar arrancar bem e ganhar alguns lugares par podermos realizar uma boa prova e terminar bem classificados“, concluiu o português.

A corrida de amanhã terá o seu início às 18h20 e poderá ser seguida em directo através do website oficial do Pirelli World Challenge: world-challenge.com/streamvideo.as32 Copy

 

ALEX LYNN NA ALEMANHA

 

It was a massive experience and one I won't forget for a long time..."

Alex Lynn – Nurburgring 24 Hours review

It was honestly heartbreaking to retire from the Nurburgring 24 Hours when we had such a good chance of a great result. I’ve never felt so gutted. We’d already come such a long way in our Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3, and made it through the night, when a slower car hit our M6 on the Adenauer Forst. It was just five hours to go and we were in a really good position. That's just the way this race is, with so many cars, but at least BMW were very happy with our performance.

Right from the start of the race weekend we’d begun really smoothly. I was driving with Augusto Farfus, Timo Scheider and Antonio Felix da Costa: all of them really strong, highly regarded professional drivers. We were always quick, and every driver had good pace straight away. The car was good in terms of balance and the tyres were looking strong as well.

As I explained in the last blog, practice and qualifying doesn’t give any of the drivers much of a chance to do many laps of the awesome 25-kilometre Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, apart from those who are doing the actual qualifying runs. That was Augusto in our car, because of his experience and his renowned speed in these cars, and he did a really good job to put us fourth on the grid. I only actually got in four laps before the race, but I felt happy with the car. Everything was good, and although we were a bit far off the Audis in qualifying we sort of expected that. We were banking on our race pace and that was really strong.

We had a cycle of all the drivers at the start of the race, just to get everyone into the rhythm. I was fourth to go, and then we started doing double-stints with all the drivers. As the race settled down there were five BMWs in the top 10, and we were the leading BMW in third position and fighting for second. The leader was a couple of minutes in front but at that point we were the quickest Beemer for a long time. Everything was going well.

It was a massive experience and one I won’t forget for a long time. My double-stint lasted from half past 12 to half past three in the morning – proper dead of night! It was so cool, and when I went to bed after that the sun was already coming up. I enjoyed it so much.

Altogether I did five stints, and I honestly thought we were going to have a dream come true. This year at the Nurburgring I’ve come from racing the M235i Cup car when I’d never even seen the place, to getting my permit to race on the Nordschleife in GT3 cars, and then to be in the fight to win one of the biggest races of the year in GTs, and the biggest race at the Nurburgring, would have been incredible.

But it wasn’t to be. We were going very hard for a long time, and obviously I’m disappointed with the result, but I’m proud that we were so competitive. I’ve had a fantastic time with BMW this year and it’s been an honour to represent them and Schnitzer in such a prestigious race. I’m very happy with our performance, but gutted that we didn’t get the result we should have got.

Now I have to look ahead to the Le Mans 24 Hours with the G-Drive team. We have the official Le Mans Test Day next weekend and after our test at Spa we’ve got high hopes of doing well in the LMP2 class. Hopefully we can start that on a good footing!

 

 

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GT OPEN EM SPA

 

The Farnbachers beat even the rain

Mario and Dominik take second win in the year (and fourth for Lotus) in a dramatic Race 2 finale under strong heat storm
Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) excellent 2nd and Pro-Am winners ahead of the Garage59 McLarens of West-Ledogar and Benham-Tappy
Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) repeat Am triumph

 

In a repetition of the Estoril weekend, Mario and Dominik Farnbacher won Race-2 today a Spa, giving the Lexus RC-F its fourth success in four races. This time, though, the German brothers emerged literally from an unpredictable final part of the race, made crazy by a heavy storm fallen in the upper part of the track, and some intense fighting in the front positions. Heroes of the first part of the race, Vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana, with the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini were not rewarded for their efforts.

 

Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) took a great second overall, winning the Pro-Am category ahead of the Garage59 McLarens of West-Ledogar and Benham-Tappy. The Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo repeated the success in Gt-Am.

 

The Farnbachers (with Dominik having driven a couple of stints in the Nürburgring 24 Hours on Saturday eve) are now leading by 5 points in the standings.


The Farnbachers beat even the rain
Mario and Dominik take second win in the year (and fourth for Lotus) in a dramatic Race 2 finale under strong heat storm  Cioci-Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) excellent 2nd and Pro-Am winners ahead of the Garage59 McLarens of West-Ledogar and Benham-Tappy Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Ferrari) repeat Am triumph 
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In a repetition of the Estoril weekend, Mario and Dominik Farnbacher won Race-2 today a Spa, giving the Lexus RC-F its fourth success in four races. This time, though, the German brothers emerged literally from an unpredictable final part of the race, made crazy by a heavy storm fallen in the upper part of the track, and some intense fighting in the front positions. Heroes of the first part of the race, Vito Postiglione-Andrea Fontana, with the Imperiale Racing Lamborghini were not rewarded for their efforts. 
Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini (AF Corse Ferrari) took a great second overall, winning the Pro-Am category ahead of the Garage59 McLarens of West-Ledogar and Benham-Tappy. The Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo repeated the success in GtAm.
The Farnbachers (with Dominik having driven a couple of stints in the Nürburgring 24 Hours on Saturday eve) are now leading by 5 points in the standings. 
THE RACE – Four cars are missing on the grid as the MS Mercedes, the SF Ferrari, the Wessex Lambo and the FF Ferrari could not be repaired on time after the various accidents in Race 1 and Qualifying 2. 
It’s a smooth start though, with Postiglione keeping the lead from the pole ahead of Tappy, Farnbacher, Khodaie, Frommenwiler, Meadows, Venturini, Ramos and Piquet. Mario Farnbacher is attacking Tappy for second but the McLaren resists well.  Meadows passes Khodair for fourth. In lap 4, at the Combes braking, Farnbacher eventually manages to pass Tappy, while Piquet ta takes P6 from Frommenwiler.  
In lap 5, Postiglione leads but is under increasing pressure from Farnbacher, while Meadows is now third ahead of Tappy, Khodair, Piquet, Frommenwiler, Venturini, Cioci and Calamia in a very compact first group, with Dejonghe leading the second part of the field. Ramos retires in the pits (engine), as does Dejonghe shortly after (brakes). With Postiglione holding everybody, the first group remains compact and in lap 10, Meadows takes 2nd from Farnbacher, with Khodair a close fourth, while Piquet rejoins.
When the driver change window is about to close, the rain starts on the upper part of the track, becoming quite heavy.  A few drivers can make it to put rain tires, such as the
leading Lambo and Cioci, one of the last to stop, allowing Fontana and Perazzini to go back first and with rain tires. Beirao, Liuzzi, Biagi, Costa and  Moiseev can’t avoid spinning but with no damages, as opposed to Ledogar, Ling and Szymkowiak. The safety-car is out although the lower part of the track is still dry.  
With less than eight minutes to go, the race restarts with Fontana in the lead, chased by Dominik Farnbacher. The two have a contact at La Source as Farnbacher forces his way and Fontana tries to close the door, allowing Perazzini to take the lead half-a-lap, but the Lexus emerges and wins. Costa passes Benham for fourth and attacks Fontana sending him into a spin, earning a virtual drive-through after the race and dropping to P14. Ledogar eventually takes 4th ahead of team mate Benham. 
 
THE WORD OF THE WINNERS
Mario Farnbacher: “Given what happened in the second part of the race, I had the easy part today…My start wasn’t that great and I lost one position, but then I could climb up, although it was impossible to pass the Lambo.”  
Dominik Farnbacher: “The rain was really very heavy in the upper part of the track, at some point you would risk aquaplaning at 20 km/h! It was difficult to stay on the track, later we had a good fight with the Ferrari and the Lambo, hard but fair. It’s great to be again on the top of the podium.” 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 4 OF 14
Overall: 1. D.&M. Farnbacher, 38 points; 2. Costa-Frommenwiler, 33 points; 3. Balfe-Bell, 24; 4. West-Ledogar, 22; 4. Venturini-Biagi, 22; 5. Ramos-Mac, Perazzini-Cioci, Benham-Tappy, 19; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 29 points; 2. Cioci-Perazzini, Benham-Tappy, 22; 4. West-Ledogar, 20; 5. Meadows-Witt, 14; 6. Hahn-Khodair, 11; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Coimbra-Silva, 14 points; 2. Moiseev-Rizzo, 10; 3. Konrad- Hrachowina, 9; 4. Figueiredo-Basso, 8; 4. Barreiros-Guedes, 5; .  Teams: 1. Farnbacher Racing,  24; 2. Garage59, 22; 3. Emil Frey Racing, 20; 4. Imperiale Racing, Balfe Motorsport, 14; 6. BMW Team Teo Martín Motorsport, 12;  etc…   

 

 

GT OPEN EM SPA

 

Costa-Frommenwiler (Emil Frey Lexus) take again Race 1

In a full summer day at Spa, the Spanish-Swiss duo give a third consecutive win to the Lexus RC-F and take points lead
First podium for the Teo Martín BMW of Bouveng-Rueda (2nd) and for the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Ramos-Mac (3rd)
Maiden Pro-Am win for the Bentley of Jordan Racing with Witt-Meadows
Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari) win in Am

Building up on the pole conquered in the morning, Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler gave Emil Frey another Race 1 win to Emil Frey, making it a third success for the Lexus RC-F. In a sunny and very warm day at Spa-Francorchamps, the duo mastered a perfect race to beat the Teo Martín Motorsport BMW M6 of Victor Bouveng-Fran Rueda, who sign their maiden podium, and the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 of Mikkel Mac-Miguel Ramos. Costa-Frommenwiler now lead the championship standings.

Jordan Racing celebrated the first Pro-Am win for the Bentley Continental, which sported on its doors the hashtag #Manchester in support to the victims of the recent attack. Jordan Witt-Michael Meadows beat the McLren of Rob Bell-Shaun Balfe and the Drivex Mercedes of Marcelo Hahn-Allam Khoadair. In GT-Am, it was a successful return for the Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo.



Costa-Frommenwiler (Emil Frey Lexus) take again Race 1
In a full summer day at Spa, the Spanish-Swiss duo give a third consecutive win to the Lexus RC-F and take points lead  First podium for the Teo Martín BMW of Bouveng-Rueda (2nd) and for the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Ramos-Mac (3rd) Maiden Pro-Am win for the Bentley of Jordan Racing with Witt-Meadows Moiseev-Rizzo (Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari) win in Am

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Building up on the pole conquered in the morning, Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler gave Emil Frey another Race 1 win to Emil Frey, making it a third success for the Lexus RCF. In a sunny and very warm day at Spa-Francorchamps, the duo mastered a perfect race to beat the Teo Martín Motorsport BMW M6 of Victor Bouveng-Fran Rueda, who sign their maiden podium, and the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 of Mikkel Mac-Miguel Ramos. CostaFrommenwiler now lead the championship standings.
Jordan Racing celebrated the first Pro-Am win for the Bentley Continental, which sported on its doors the hashtag #Manchester in support to the victims of the recent attack. Jordan Witt-Michael Meadows beat the McLren of Rob Bell-Shaun Balfe and the Drivex Mercedes of Marcelo Hahn-Allam Khoadair. In GT-Am, it was a successful return for the Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari of Alex Moiseev-Davide Rizzo. 
THE RACE – 24 cars afe on the grid, with the only absence of the Sports&You Mercedes of Basso-Figueiredo, damaged in Friday’s accident. It’s a quiet start in a very warm afternoon at Spa, with Costa keeping the advantage of the pole over Mac, Bell, Ledogar, Rueda and Dolby, who drops a few positions in the first lap, passed by Szymkowiak, Caldarelli and Liuzzi. In lap 3, at La Source, there is a contact in the group, as Konrad misses his breaking hitting Sini. The safety-car is out to allow recovering cars and debris. 
The race resumes two laps later, but it’s again neutralized shortly after, as Szymkowiak attempts an unfeasible overtake on Ledogar on the inside of the first corner at the Combes chicane. The two cars collide and spin but the McLaren remains stuck in the middle of the track. During the SC period there is also a blown rear right tire for Liuzzi. 
Lap 8 sees the second restart and an intense battle between Szymkowiak and Biagi, with also Dolby and Fontana passing. Further aback, Benham and Hahn are also having some rubbing.  In the lead, Costa, Mac and Bell are joined by Caldarelli, with Rueda keeping fifth, while the other Lexus Farnbacher stops with a technical problem. 
 

 
The driver change opens and Rueda is the first one to stop, while Szymkowiak gets a drivethrough for the earlier incident.  After all changes, Frommenwiler leads with 9 seconds on Bouveng, and 17 on Ramos. Then,  Postiglione and Cioci, while Piquet wins a short duel with Balfe and Meadows for 6th. Liberati, Enge and Venturini are in another fight right behind. 
Venturini has a scary moment on a kerb, Fu Songyong goes off-track while the best duel is between Postiglione and Cioci for P4. The Ferrari won’t be able to pass and in lap 24, suffers a puncture which ruins its race. A similar misfortune occurs to Enge, while Pierburg retires.
The last big feats see Balfe and Postiglione getting a 5-second penalty for track limits, with the latter losing P4 to Piquet. Follows in P6 Meadows, who gives the first Pro-Am win to the Bentley, while Rizzo takes the Am honours. 
 
THE WORD OF THE WINNERS
Albert Costa: “It was a great sensation to take again a pole this morning, after many years without racing, and it’s equally great to take a second win! The car was perfect and we had a very consistent race, resisting well to the pressure of the Ferrari.” 
Philipp Frommenwiler: “It’s really a great start of the season, we could never expect that, but the team is doing a fantastic job and Lexus has prepared a car which is extremely competitive and capable of very solid races.” 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 3 OF 14
Overall: 1. Costa-Frommenwiler, 33 points; 2. Balfe-Bell, 24; 3. D.&M.Farnbacher, 23; 4. Venturini-Biagi, 20; 5. Ramos-Mac, 19; 6. Bouveng-Rueda, 13; etc… Pro-Am: 1. Bell-Balfe, 26 points; 2. Benham-Tappy, 16; 3. West-Ledogar, Cioci-Perazzini, 12; 5. Meadows-Witt, 10; 6. Hahn-Khodair, 9; etc…  GT-Am: 1. Coimbra-Silva, 10 points; 2. Konrad- Hrachowina, 9; 3. Figueiredo-Basso, 8; 4. Moiseev-Rizzo, 5;  5. Barreiros-Guedes, 5.  Teams: 1. Emil Frey Racing, 20 points; 2. Farnbacher Racing, Imperiale Racing, 14 points;

 

1º VICTÓRIA TF SPORT EM 2017

Record first victory for TF Sport in 2017

 

TF Sport scores a sought after victory for the first time this season at Snetterton, Norfolk, equalling Jonny Adam's win tally to the British GT Championship's record of 11.

The team endured a difficult first race, with the #1 scoring vital points for the championship from fifth and the sister entry  #11 struggling from tenth after contact at the end of the first stint.  

Starting from P3, Jonny Adam took the start looking to capitalise the success penalties from the cars ahead. After a clean start saw Adam putting himself P2 and Barnes on P6 from seventh, the team focused on managing the gap, maintaining it under 10 seconds at the time of the stop behind the dominant Lamborghini.

Misfortune struck for a second year in succession, when a stalled Ginetta held Jonston in the pits, handing over the lead to Barwell Motorsport. Failing to complete the 70s minimum pit stop time, the #33 had to serve a drive-though penalty in the closing stages of the race, promoting both Aston Martin Vantage V12 forward into double podium positions, with the #1 claiming the lead of the race.

TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier 
"Tough weekend for us. We have struggled with handling issues all weekend. To come away with a win and a third is prove of a great team effort and well deserved for all the hard work put in. We will be testing on Tuesday at Silverstone, and making us fast again will be our aim so we can fight hard at the next race in two weeks"
 
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“The car was good, we've done a lot of changes over the race weekend trying to get to the bottom from what it was a small issue. We've been waiting since May last year to get another victory and hopefully our comeback for the championship starts now"
 
Derek Johnson #1
"We struggled really (this year). Oulton Park was good for us, the qualifying wasn't, but the race was in the wet and we were good in the wet. We struggled in Rockingham and we struggled all weekend here, we've been changing the car from one end to the other and we just went radical again for the race and it obviously worked, so we struggled to the very end to find it and then we shown what we really got"

Next
Round 6 of the British GT will take place in two weeks time in Silverstone.

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Results
Qualifying
GT3 Am  
#1 P7, #11 P5
GT3 Pro
 #1 P3, #11 P7

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#1 P5
#11 P10
 

Race 2 (1h)
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#1 P1
#11 P3
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TF SPORT

TF Sport launches direct line with fans

 

We want to hear from our fans! Show us your best TF Sport photos and win one of our Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 models signed by our British GT Championship squad!

 

We will announce a winner during the Silverstone 500 weekend between all the entries submitted until the 6th June.

Get camera-ready this Bank Holiday weekend at Snetterton!

Rounds 4 and 5 of the British GT will take place in Snetterton 300 and it will be broadcasted on the British GT Championship official channels
 
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PARENTE COM CORRIDA CANCELADA

 

Corrida cancelada no Canadá

 

Hoje Álvaro Parente deveria ter disputado a segunda corrida da ronda do Canadian Tire Motorsport Park da edição deste ano do Pirelli World Challenge, mas devido ao mau tempo esta foi adiada.

As condições climatéricas difíceis que se instalaram na zona do circuito situado nos arredores de Bowmanville deixou a pista canadiana sem condições para albergar uma corrida de automóveis, que, com muito chuva, foi incapaz de escoar tanta água.

A corrida do programa deste fim-de-semana será disputada noutro evento ainda a definir, estando decidido que não será já na próxima ronda, que se disputa dentro de uma semana em Lime Rock.

As opções em cima da mesa são neste momento a etapa de Utah Motorsport Campus ou do Circuit of the Americas, sendo uma decisão tomada depois da ronda do próximo fim-de-semana.

 

PARENTE COM DIA DIFICIL

 

Álvaro Parente – Dia difícil termina com toque de adversário

 

A primeira corrida da ronda do Canadian Tire Motorsport Park do Pirelli World Challenge não correu da melhor forma a Álvaro Parente, que foi obrigado a abandonar devido a um toque de um adversário.

Como era esperado, o traçado canadiano não se mostrou favorável ao McLaren 650S, e na qualificação não foi possível ao português ir além do décimo primeiro posto, o que deixava antever uma prova difícil.

Ainda assim, o piloto oficial da McLaren GT estava determinado em recuperar posições e no final da primeira volta era já nono classificado, defendendo-se dos ataques de um dos seus perseguidores ao longo de grande parte do seu turno.

Com uma boa paragem nas boxes, o McLaren 650S #9, então já através das mãos de Ben Barnicoat, rodava no sétimo posto quando, quando um adversário lhe deu um toque por trás durante uma travagem, o que atirou para o abandono o duo luso-britânico. “Como esperávamos, não somos tão fortes como habitualmente, mas penso que poderíamos estar entre os sete primeiros. Aquele toque no Ben acabou por estragar tudo e impedir-nos de marcar alguns pontos”, afirmou desapontado Álvaro Parente.

Com o abandono a meio da corrida, a dupla luso-inglesa não teve a possibilidade de realizar uma volta rápida no final da prova, o que a atira para o décimo sétimo lugar na grelha de partida de amanhã. “Vamos ter uma corrida difícil, mas não podemos baixar os braços e vamos todos dar o máximo para podermos ganhar posições e, ainda assim, marcarmos alguns pontos”, apontou com determinação o piloto oficial da McLaren GT.

A corrida de amanhã terá o seu início às 20h40m, Hora de Lisboa, e poderá ser seguida em directo através do website oficial do campeonato: world-challenge.com/streamvideo.AV14 Copy

 

GT OPEN EM SPA

SPA recebe o International GT Open.

 

Miguel Ramos e Mikkel Mac no Ferrari 488 estarão no próximo fim de semana em SPA, para a segunda prova do International GT Open 2017, na qual se disputarão as terceira e quarta corridas da época.

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O Circuito de Spa-Francorchamps recebe habitualmente o Grande Prémio da Bélgica de Formula 1 e as 24 horas de Spa, sendo considerada uma das mais exigentes pistas do Mundo, em parte devido ao seu traçado que aproveita o relevo natural. Uma pista muito rápida e que Miguel Ramos conhece muito bem conforme palavras do próprio “SPA é um dos meus circuitos favoritos, com uma beleza fora do comum devido ao próprio enquadramento natural. É uma pista muito rápida com zonas de alta velocidade, mas com partes muito técnicas e complicadas de abordar. Tenho participado regularmente em corridas em SPA desde 2003 com vários pódios e algumas vitórias, entre as quais as das duas ultimas participações em 2015 e 2016.”

A Euroformula Open acompanha o GT Open em todos os eventos, enriquecendo assim o programa. Adicionalmente para este evento em SPA, a FCD Racing Series, o Radical Challenge e o Touring Car Open, contribuirão para um fim-de-semana de alto nível.

As corridas do International GT Open a disputar no Estoril poderão ser seguidas SportTV 5 ao vivo no sábado pelas 15:45h e em diferido no domingo pelas 15:00h, para além da habitual livestream em www.miguelramossport.com

Horário Previsto C.E.T. (-1 em Portugal)

Sábado, 27 de maio

10:45 – 11:15 Euroformula Open Qualifying 1

11:30 – 12:00 International GT Open Qualifying 1

15:45 – Euroformula Open Race 1 (13 laps máx 35’)

16:45 – 17:55 International GT Open Race 1 (70’) Live na SportTV 5 e em www.miguelramossport.com

 

Domingo, 30 de abril

09:00 – 09:30 Euroformula Open Qualifying 2

09:45 – 10:15 International GT Open Qualifying 2

13:15 – Euroformula Open Race 2 (19 laps máx 35’)

14:15 – 15:15 International GT Open Race 2 (60’) Live em www.miguelramossport.com

 

Calendário 2017

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/portugal_flag.jpg    Estoril 29 - 30 de Abril

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/belgium_flag.jpg    Spa 27 - 28 de Maio

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/france_flag.jpg    Paul Ricard 10 – 11 de Junho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/hungary_flag.jpg    Hungaroring 1 – 2 de Julho

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/england_flag.jpg    Silverstone 2 – 3 de Setembro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/italy_flag.jpg    Monza 30 Set – 1 de Outubro

 

http://www.gtopen.net/images/spain_flag.jpg    Barcelona 28 – 29 de Outubro

 
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