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Quarta, 29 Agosto 2018 19:37 | Actualizado em Domingo, 17 Novembro 2019 23:12

Silverstone opens the final and decisive stretch of the season   

As summer break ends, fierce title battles resume at legendary British track

Mac (Luzich Ferrari) defends 10-point lead over Rueda Saravia (Teo Martín BMW) with the Imperiale Lambos and the RS Ferrari as outsiders

Lambos closely head Pro-Am and Am standings with Daiko Lazarus Racing and V.Sospiri Racing, respectively  

Team Parker Racing’s Bentley joins top-level British delegation

Euroformula Open, Radical European Masters, Lotus Cup Europe and the new Alpine Elf Europa Cup join busy and attractive race programme   


Holidays are over: time to go back to racing! The 2018 International GT Open resumes this weekend, after the summer recess, and it does it in one of the world’s most iconic tracks, Silverstone. The 5.8 km track in Northamptonshire can claim being one of the cradles of motor racing and a real ‘temple of speed’. It is also the scenery, together with Monza and Barcelona, of the triptych that traditionally concludes the GT Open season and spices the fierce battles for the titles.

As real connoisseurs, British fans have come to enjoy more and more over the years the great show brought by the GT Open. They will relish even more this year’s 25-car grid and the event race programme, which is particularly rich. Together with the GT Open and sister Euroformula series, which provides the excitement of Formula 3 single-seaters and young gun drivers from all over the world, they will enjoy three other action-packed series: the Radical European Masters, the Lotus Cup Europe and the Alpine Elf Europe Cup, the new mono-brand trophy featuring the latest incarnation of the mythical French “berlinette”.


Silverstone opens the final and decisive stretch of the season   
As summer break ends, fierce title battles resume at legendary British track
Mac (Luzich Ferrari) defends 10-point lead over Rueda Saravia (Teo Martín BMW) with the Imperiale Lambos and the RS Ferrari as outsiders
Lambos closely head Pro-Am and Am standings with Daiko Lazarus Racing and V.Sospiri Racing, respectively  
Team Parker Racing’s Bentley joins top-level British delegation 
Euroformula Open, Radical European Masters, Lotus Cup Europe and the new Alpine Elf Europa Cup join busy and attractive race programme   
Madrid / Silverstone, 28 August 2018
Holidays are over: time to go back to racing! The 2018 International GT Open resumes this weekend, after the summer recess, and it does it in one of the world’s most iconic tracks, Silverstone. The 5.8 km track in Northamptonshire can claim being one of the cradles of motor racing and a real ‘temple of speed’. It is also the scenery, together with Monza and Barcelona, of the triptych that traditionally concludes the GT Open season and spices the fierce battles for the titles. 
As real connoisseurs, British fans have come to enjoy more and more over the years the great show brought by the GT Open. They will relish even more this year’s 25car grid and the event race programme, which is particularly rich. Together with the GT Open and sister Euroformula series, which provides the excitement of Formula 3 single-seaters and young gun drivers from all over the world, they will enjoy three other action-packed series: the Radical European Masters, the Lotus Cup Europe and the Alpine Elf Europe Cup, the new mono-brand trophy featuring the latest incarnation of the mythical French “berlinette”. 
BATTLES AND MORE BATTLES 
With six races to go to the end of the season, nothing is done in any of the title battles. In the Overall standings, Mikkel Mac (Luzich Racing Ferrari) has a 10-point advantage over the BMW Team Teo Martín pair of Fran Rueda-Andrés Saravia. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Dane, again associated with reigning FIA WEC GT Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi (with whom he has obtained his 3 wins so far), will attempt to increase his advantage on a track that should suit well the Ferrari 488 , but the BMW M6 should also perform well at Silverstone and Rueda-Saravia will seek a second seasonal win. Both contenders can count on the support of their team mates, with Marco Cioci and Brazilian star Daniel Serra again on the other Luzich Racing car that won at the Hungaroring, and Juan Cruz Álvarez-Lourenço Beirão on the other BMW eager to clinch their first success. 
Still, the ones that arguably seek their first success of the year with most determination will be the Lamborghini Huracáns, which have often visited the podium but still not its top step. Reigining champion Giovanni Venturini and Jeroen Mul (Imperiale Racing) are still in contention for the title battle (24 points aback from the top) and so are their team mates Rik Breukers-Riccardo Agostini (-30) and the car of Ombra Racing (-31), with Damiano Fioravanti associated with a new team mate. Also to be watched is the Huracán of the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing with Kang Ling and Edoardo Liberati. Last but certainly not least in the Pro class, Daniele Di Amato, now partnered with Andrea Bertolini, will want to give a second win to the RS Racing Ferrari, which lies 26 point only behind the leaders in the standings. 
In Pro-Am, there will be no less than 12 cars on track at Silverstone, with many aspiring to class victory. 
Local heroes first: for the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS that is performing an excellent GT Open campaign with Ollie Wilkinson and Brad Ellis, time for home race has come and the pair will certainly go for its second win of the year. A oneoff contender will be the Bentley of stalwart GT squad Team Parker Racing, which will visit the GT Open for a second time after its debut in 2015, again with Ian Loggie-Callum Macleod at the wheel, in what will be an all-British entry. 
Leading the Pro-Am standings is the Daiko Lazarus Racing Lambo of Miguel RamosFabrizio Crestani, thanks to 6 podium finishes (but not yet a victory) in 8 races. On the other car of the team, young gun Toby Sowery will seek home glory together with Giuseppe Cipriani. Only 3 points aback in the standings is another fast Brit, Tom Onslow-Cole, driving with Valentin Pierburg the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG that has clinched no less than 4 wins so far. 
 
 

 
 
 
Three points further aback is Marcelo Hahn, in the Drivex Mercedes that the Brazilian and his country-fellow Adam Khodair have put twice on the highest step of the podium.  It will be the second outing, instead, for the other Drivex pair of Brazilian stars, Cacá Bueno and Ricardo Baptista. Ferrari colurs are well defended in the class by the Luzich Racing car of Alexander West-Michele Rugolo, fourth in the standings, and the Rinaldi Racing duo of 488s. David Perel-Rinat Salikhov, still fresh from their Pro-Am win at the Spa 24 Hours, will again partner in one of the green cars, with Steve Parrow-Daniel Keilwitz in the other. In the Lamborghini camp, the Target Racing car of Alberto Di Folco-Stefano Costantini and the Imperiale Racing unit of Jiatong Liang-Raffaele Giammaria, are also key outsiders. 
Fight is fierce in the Am category, where the current leaders, Andrzej Lewandowski-Giulio Borlenghi (Vincenzo Sospiri Racing Lambo) are only 7 points ahead of the other Lambo of Miro Konôpka. The patriarch of ARC Bratislava will share the yellow Huracán at this round with Britain’s Darren Burke, who was an LMP3 runner-up in the Asian Le Mans Series last year. Third in contention, 8 points aback, the MS Racing / HTP Motorsport Mercedes of Austrians Alex HrachowinaMartin Konrad, which will have an opportunity to untie from Silva-Coimbra (Sports&You Mercedes), not present in this event. Also aspiring to the podium is Teo Martín’s BMW of Márcio Basso, whose team mate Thiago Marques cannot attend this round and is replaced by Ukraine’s Alexei Chuklin, a regular Euroformula Open competitor at his GT debut. 
A final note to say that Luzich Racing, Imperiale Racing and BMW Team Teo Martín, covered by only 11 points, are in full fight for the Teams’ title.
 
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 (Rai Sport), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Central Europe (Digisport), and Russia / CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), among others. In addition, US and international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend (Discovery Channel) 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 and on the GT Open channel on Youtube.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Timetable (All times local, CET -1)
 
Friday 31st August 2018 10:46-11:46 Free Practice 1 14:35-15:35 Free Practice 2 17:19-17:59 Free Practice 3 (only Bronze drivers) Saturday 1st September 2018  10:25-10:55 Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 15:15-16:25 Race 1 (70’ - Rolling Start) Sunday 2nd September 2018 09:40-10:10 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 13:45-14:45 Race 2 (60’ - Rolling Start)
 
 
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 14  
Overall: 1. Mac, 72 points; 2. Saravia-Rueda, 62; 3. PierGuidi, 56; 4. Venturini-Mul, 48; 5. Di Amato, 46; 6. Agostini-Breukers, 42; etc Pro-Am: 1. Ramos-Crestani, 51 points; 2. Pierburg-Onslow Cole, 48; 3. Hahn, 45; 4. Khodair, Rugolo-West, 33; 6.  Wilkinson-Ellis, 22; etc.   GT-Am: 1. Lewandowski-Borlenghi, 50 points; 2. Konopka, 43; 3. Coimbra-Silva, Hrachowina-Konrad, 42; 5. Calko, 35; 6. Basso-Marques, 32; etc    Teams: 1. Luzich Racing, 58 points; 2. Imperiale Racing, 54; 3. BMW Team Teo Martín, 47 points; 4. RS Racing, 27; 5. Ombra Racing, 18; 6. VSR, 16; etc 
 


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