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A Swiss duel for the title at the top of the GT Cup Open Europe

The new series gets for the first time to Barcelona with Hans-Peter Koller (VSR Lambo) and Niki Leutwiler (PZ Oberer Zürichsee Porsche) tied at 72 points in the overall standings

The Lambos of Solieri (Antonelli Motorsport) and Toni-Mauro (VSR) also part of the title battle

Koller and Leutwiler lead in their respective classes, Pro-Am and Am

Home race for Baporo Motorsport, Teo Martín Motorsport and Three Sixty RT

Six brands represented, as Virage Racing debuts with an Aston Martin


As it continues its successful maiden season, the GT Open Cup Europe is heading for the first time to the Iberian Peninsula, for its first appearance before Spanish fans, in the home country of GT Sport. The Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona is particularly appreciated by GT drivers, and the GT Cup Open contenders are ready to measure themselves on the very technical Catalan track.

The GT Cup Open Europe has provided so far great show to fans in the countries visited and it will be even more so at Barcelona, as the battle for the first titles are as hot as possible.

At the top of the overall standings, there is a perfect tie-break (at 72 points) between two contenders, Hans-Peter Koller and Niki Leutwiler that have a similar racing profile and much in common, starting from the fact that both are Swiss and from neighbouring German-speaking Cantons, Schwyz and Zurich, respectively.


A Swiss duel for the title at the top of the GT Cup Open Europe
 
 
The new series gets for the first time to Barcelona with Hans-Peter Koller (VSR Lambo) and Niki Leutwiler (PZ Oberer Zürichsee Porsche) tied at 72 points in the overall standings 
 
The Lambos of Solieri (Antonelli Motorsport) and Toni-Mauro (VSR) also part of the title battle
 
Koller and Leutwiler lead in their respective classes, Pro-Am and Am
 
Home race for Baporo Motorsport, Teo Martín Motorsport and Three Sixty RT
 
Six brands represented, as Virage Racing debuts with an Aston Martin 
 
 

As it continues its successful maiden season, the GT Open Cup Europe is heading for the first time to the Iberian Peninsula, for its first appearance before Spanish fans, in the home country of GT Sport. The Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona is particularly appreciated by GT drivers, and the GT Cup Open contenders are ready to measure themselves on the very technical Catalan track. 
The GT Cup Open Europe has provided so far great show to fans in the countries visited and it will be even more so at Barcelona, as the battle for the first titles are as hot as possible. 
At the top of the overall standings, there is a perfect tie-break (at 72 points) between two contenders, Hans-Peter Koller and Niki Leutwiler that have a similar racing profile and much in common, starting from the fact that both are Swiss and from neighbouring Germanspeaking Cantons, Schwyz and Zurich, respectively. 
Koller, who drives one of the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing Lamborghini Huracans SuperTrofeo, in association with Edoardo Liberati (who missed though the first event out of illness), has the very slight advantage of a greater number of race wins (4 to 1) but Niki Leutwiler, alone at the wheel of the Porsche 911 Cup entered by the PZ Oberer Zürichsee and prepared by TFT Racing, can count on his side on his great consistency, having scored points in all races. 
 
 

 
 
Third in contention, only 9 points behind, and determined to be part of the final battle, Glauco Solieri is at the wheel of the Antonelli Motorsport Lamborghini and the expert Italian has already clinched two wins. In the race is also the other VSR Lambo of the Brazilian duo Rodolfo Toni-JP Mauro, 18 points behind the leader. 
PRO-AM: Koller has the advantage
In the Pro-Am class, Overall co-leader Koller has a marginal advantage (8 points) over Brazil’s Márcio Basso, who drives the Sports&You Mercedes that in Barcelona will be in the hands of drivers to be confirmed.  Third in contention, 9 points behind only, are Lino and Carko Curti, the Italian brothers that sport the Porsche 911R of Tsunami Racing. Another Porsche is often at the forefront and seeking for its first win: the one of Belgian squad EMG Motorsport driven by Nicolas Vandierendonck and Dutch young ace Bas Schouten. Completing the strong Porsche camp is the machine by Duell Racing, with  Eugenio Pisani and Stefano Bozzoni.  
Barcelona will be home race for the Teo Martín Motorsport McLarens 570S and three of their four young drivers. Guillem Pujeu-Faust Salom and Marc De Fulgencio-Thiago Vivacqua will seek to shine and get the top result that has eluded them so far. 
AM: Three teams covered by 9 points
In full accordance with the spirit of the series, it is Am drivers being at the forefront: in the quintet leading the overall standings, only Koller is not part of the Am class. Quite logically, Leitwiler, Solieri and Toni-Mauro lead the Am standings, covered only by 9 points. 
They are followed by the Baporo Motorsport Audi R8 LMS of Manel Cerqueda-Daniel Díaz Varela, a Catalan-Andorran package that has been growing race after race and will want to go for their first win in what is truly their home event. The squad enters also a Porsche 911 for another Andorran-Catalan duo, Joan Vinyes-Jaume Font. It will be home race also for the Three Sixty Racing Team, the squad based in Barcelona and led by Víctor Colomé, which entrusts its Mercedes to Brazil’s Fernando Fontes-Julio Martini. Other stars of the Am class are also John De Wilde, the Belgian driving one of the Porsches 911 Cup of EMG Motorsport, and the French duo formed by evergreens Pierre Martinet-Gérard Tremblay, at the wheel of another 911R entered by Martinet by Alméras and prepared by the legendary Alméras brothers’ outfit.
 
 

 
Last but not least, Aston Martin will be the sixth brand represented in Barcelona (together with Audi, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche), after making a stunning debut at Silverstone. This time the colours of the brand will be defended by a new entry, Virage Racing from Poland, with a duo of Spanish drivers, composed of Fernando Navarrete Jr and rally driver Álvaro Lobera. 
Fans at Barcelona will have the possibility to enjoy a busy and exciting race programme, including the International GT Open, the flagship GT series of GT Sport, and its single-seater equivalent, the Euroformula Open, alongside the TCR Europe, the Alpine ELF Europa Cup and the F.Regional European. 
 
GT Cup Open Round 5: Barcelona, Spain
 
Timetable (All times local, CET)
 
Thursday 19 September 2019 13:00-14:00 Private test 1 15:05-16:05 Private test 2 Friday 20 September 2019 11:15-12:05 Free Practice 1 16:05-16:55 Free Practice 2 Saturday 21 September 2019  09:50-10:10 Qualifying 1 (driver 1) 14:00-14:55 Race 1 (55’ - Rolling Start) Sunday 22 September 2019 09:30-10:00 Qualifying 2 (driver 2) 17:00-18:00 Race 2 (50’ - Rolling Start)
 
Live webstreaming on www.gtcupopen.net
 
STANDINGS AFTER 8 ROUNDS OF 12
Overall: 1.Koller, Leutwiler, 72 points; 3. Solieri, 63; 4. Liberati, 57; 5. Mauro-Toni, 54; 6. BassoSalas, De Wilde, 43; etc Pro-Am: 1.Koller, 43; 2. Basso, 38 points; 3. L.&C.Curti, 34; 4. Salas, 31; 5. VandierendonckSchouten, 23; etc  Am: 1. Leutwiler, 58 points; 2. Solieri, 52; 3. Mauro-Toni, 49; 4. Cerqueda, 36; 5. De Wilde, 35;  6. Díaz Varela, 33; etc Teams: 1. Vincenzo Sospiri Racing, 76 points; 2. PZ Oberer Zürichsee by TFT, 42; 3. Antonelli Motorsport, 38; 4. EMG Motorsport, 34; 5. Sports&You, 23; 6. Martinet by Alméras, Baporo, 14. 
 


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