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Dunlop Le Mans

International GT Open – Brands Hatch

Race 1 - Peter-Broniszewski (Kessel Racing) beat the rain at Brands

Philipp Peter and Michal Broniszewski took a superb win in a rain soaked Race 1 at Brands Hatch.

The Austrian and the Pole drove a perfect race, despite the difficult conditions, and took their second overall win in the series, after success in Monza 2011, with the Kessel Racing Ferrari. Second came the Porsche Manthey of Nick Tandy-Marco Holzer, now the new points leaders, and third the aabar Villorba Ferrari of Andrea Montermini-Cochito López, who led in the initial laps.

In GTS, the Autorlando Porsche of Archie Hamilton and Marco Mapelli took a clear win ahead of the two Kessel Ferraris of Zampieri-Dalle Stelle and Mantovani-Cecchellero.

There was no rain falling, but a very wet track for the start, as poleman Montermini took the lead ahead of Tandy, who attacked fiercely, then Bruni Peter Malucelli, Hamilton, Rugolo and the pack. The track was treacherous and Alexander spun on lap 2, followed by another spin, this time by Ramos on lap 3 in the Corvette whilst he fought off a challenge by the other Vette of Sijthoff.

In the lead, Montermini increased the gap up to 5 seconds, while Peter took third from Bruni on lap 8.

The rain started again soon afterwards, surprising Talkanitsa sr., who spun and hit Rugolo on lap 12 at Druids and also the the leader Montermini who took to the gravel  and lost three positions.

Bizzarri, second in GTS, spun at Clearways too, losing a position to Dalle Stelle in GTS, where Hamilton was a comfortable leader.

In the lead, Peter closed in on Tandy, as the driver change window opened. 

After the pit stops, Broniszewski held a comfortable 16 second over Leo, 17 seconds over Holzer, then Lopez, Mapelli, Barba, Rizzoli, Pastorelli and Pilet.

It was all about a duel for second between Leo and Holzer, with the Italian defending well for a long while. The German eventually though got by and started to close in on Broniszewski, who doidn’t help his own cause with a slight off at Druids on lap 34.

In the final laps, López passed Bruni for third while Broniszewski resisted well in the lead and took a superb win.

Race 1 Result

1 11 Kessel Racing CH Michael Broniszewski PL Philipp Peter AT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 1º 42 1.10'14.891
2 8 Manthey Racing DE Marco Holzer DE Nick Tandy GB Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 2º +1"955
3 2 Scuderia Villorba IT Andrea Montermini IT Juan Manuel López AR Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 3º +7"053
4 4 AF Corse IT Federico Leo IT Gianmaria Bruni IT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 4º +18"098 
5 16 Imsa Performance Matmut FR Raymond Narac FR Patrick Pilet FR Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 5º + 52"216
6 12 Villois Racing IT Álvaro Barba ES Matteo Malucelli IT Aston Martin Vantage Super GT 6º +1'02"669
7 54 Autorlando Sport IT Marco Mapelli IT Archie Hamilton GB Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 1º +1'11"419
8 5 AT Racing Team AT Alexander Talkanitsa, sr BY Alexander Talkanitsa, jr BY Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 7º +1'12"214
9 17 V8 Racing Bv NL Miguel Ramos PT Raffaele Giammaria IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 8º +1'12"387
10 19 V8 Racing Bv NL Diederich Sijthoff NL Nicky Pastorelli NL Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 9º +1'14"937
11 44 Kessel Racing CH Daniel Zampieri IT Michael Dalle Stelle IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 2º +1'15"443
12 53 Kessel Racing CH Massimo Mantovani IT Andrea Cecchellero IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 3º +1 lap
13 56 AF Corse IT Stefano Bizzarri IT Andrea Rizzoli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 4º + 1 lap 14
14 55 Autorlando Sport IT Matteo Beretta IT Marcello Puglisi IT Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 5º +1 lap
15 51 Kessel Racing CH Alan Calari CH Iradj Alexander CH Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 6º 40 + 2 laps

NOT CLASSIFIED

52 Kessel Racing CH Steven Earle US Freddy Kremer DE Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 7º 27 laps
58 AF Corse IT Martin Lanting NL Michele Rugolo IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 8º 12 laps

Race 2 - Villois Aston Martin Takes Maiden Win

The new Aston Martin Vantage Super GT (GT3 spec V12 Vantage) of Villois Racing took a well-deserved maiden win today in Brands Hatch. Álvaro Barba and Matteo Maluccelli ran a perfect race, replicating the success of the Italian Aston here in 2010.

The pair is now second in the overall standings, behind the Manthey Porsche of Marco Holzer and Nick Tandy, who had a disappointing day, as did Pilet-Narac in the IMSA 911.

Federico Leo-Gimmi Bruni took second place with the AF Corse Ferrari, ahead of the V8 Racing Corvette of Raffaele Giammaria and Miguel Ramos, which took its first podium in the series.

In GTS, Autorlando Sport completed a triumphant weekend, with Marco Mapelli and Archie Hamilton repeating yesterday’s win and Marcello Puglisi/ Matteo Beretta taking third, just behind Zampieri/ Dalle Stelle (Kessel Ferrari), again on the podium despite a 30” handicap, and now new championship leaders in GTS, following Bizzarri’s retirement in the AF Corse Ferrari.

Brands enjoyed better weather for the Sunday race but that didn’t prevent a bizarre coming together between Pilet and Lopez on the pit out lap which put the IMSA Performance car out on the spot and left the Ferrari with a broken wheel rim.

At the start, Mapelli led ahead of Zampieri with Holzer taking third ahead of Rizzoli, Pastorelli and Lopez, who was soon passed by Barba, who on lap 4 also got by the  Corvette. 

Holzer took second from Zampieri on lap 5. The German closed up on Mapelli with Barba doing likewise on Zampieri, third. Both GT2s made their passes on lap 9 whilst the battle for 6th was joined too between Pastorelli, Lopez, Leo and Giammaria, who passed the Ferrari on lap 12.

On lap 13, Barba passed the Porsche on the outside at Clearways, soon before the driver change window opened.

It was a dramatic stop for the Manthey Porsche, as on top of their heavy 25 second pit stop handicap Tandy stopped at the pit exit with rubber pick-up on fire, losing the Manthey Porsche more time still.

Once the pit stops were done the Aston of Malucelli held a comfortable lead with 16 seconds over Bruni, 21 seconds over Ramos and 23 seconds over Montermini, who passed Sijthoff.

Then it was Hamilton, Talkanitsa, Peter and Dalle Stelle, while a wheel bearing broke in the rear of Bizzarri’s Ferrari, the car stationary at Dingle Dell, prompting the safety-car’s appearance. The order then stayed the same, Bruni dramitcally closing the gap to the leader but unable to get onto terms before the checkered flag.

Race 2 Result

1 12 Villois Racing IT Álvaro Barba ES Matteo Malucelli IT Aston Martin Vantage Super GT 1º 32 laps 50'08.097
2 4 AF Corse IT Federico Leo IT Gianmaria Bruni IT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 2º +3"796
3 17 V8 Racing Bv NL Miguel Ramos PT Raffaele Giammaria IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 3º  +8"457
4 2 Scuderia Villorba IT Andrea Montermini IT Juan Manuel López AR Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 4º +8"618
5 19 V8 Racing Bv NL Diederich Sijthoff NL Nicky Pastorelli NL Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 5º +12"451
6 11 Kessel Racing CH Michael Broniszewski PL Philipp Peter AT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 6º +12"997
7 54 Autorlando Sport IT Marco Mapelli IT Archie Hamilton GB Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 1º +16"454
8 5 AT Racing Team AT Alexander Talkanitsa, sr BY Alexander Talkanitsa, jr BY Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 7º +17"947
9 44 Kessel Racing CH Daniel Zampieri IT Michael Dalle Stelle IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 2º +18"812
10 55 Autorlando Sport IT Matteo Beretta IT Marcello Puglisi IT Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 3º +23"982
11 53 Kessel Racing CH Massimo Mantovani IT Andrea Cecchellero IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 4º +27"235
12 8 Manthey Racing DE Marco Holzer DE Nick Tandy GB Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 8º +1 lap
13 58 AF Corse IT Martin Lanting NL Michele Rugolo IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 5º +1 lap
14 52 Kessel Racing CH Steven Earle US Freddy Kremer DE Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 6º + 1 lap

NOT CLASSIFIED

56 AF Corse IT Stefano Bizzarri IT Andrea Rizzoli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS  21 laps
51 Kessel Racing CH Alan Calari CH Iradj Alexander CH Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 8º 7 laps