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Dunlop Le Mans

International GT Open, Paul Ricard - Race Reports

Winners’ Results Under Appeal For Both Races

Post race stewards decisions have left both of the International GT Open race results unsettled as amazingly the race winners in both the Saturday and Sunday races, and the GTS winners from Sunday, had their wins annulled.

Race One

The Villois Racing Aston Martin of Matteo Malucelli and Alvaro Barba initially took a second win in the 2012 GT Open 2012, the team finding Paul Ricard a track perfectly suited for their Aston Martin’s power.

The on-track action saw the Villois Italian-Spanish pair take the fight to the AF Corse Ferrari of Gimmi Bruni-Federico Leo and come out the winners before a post race disqualification after a team engineer started to download data from the car when it was still in parc fermé.

Villois Racing have appealed the decision and hence the race results and Championship points are suspended until the relevant court (in this case, the FFSA’s) examines the appeal.

In GTS, Autorlando Sport were another team in post race trouble after posting a sensational one-two when the team’s pair of Porsches were also disqualified because of the size of anti-noise shields mounted around the exhausts. The team did not appeal and therefore lost their race results.

That elevated Daniel Zampieri and Michael Dalle Stelle in the Kessel Ferrari to the class win.

Matteo Malucelli had taken the pole in qualifying 1 ahead of Bruni, Montermini and Ramos, but he couldn’t keep the advantage for long after the start, as Bruni took the lead, ahead of the Aston, Montermini, Ramos, Peter and Holzer, while in GTS Beretta led ahed of the other Porsche of poleman Hamilton, Bontempelli and Dalle Stelle.

While things stabilized for the first four positions there was a big fight between Pilet, Peter and Holzer for 5th, with the Austrian passing Pilet on lap 10, while six red 458s (Cecchellero, Dalle Stelle, Bizzarri, Rugolo, Alexander and Hiesse) fought for third in GTS, in a sort of mini-Ferrari Challenge within the race which included also contact between Cechellero and Bizzarri.

Ramos and Dalle Stelle were the first to stop for the driver change. After the stops, Leo led by 7 seconds over Barba, while Giammaria was third after two great passes  on Peter and Lopez.  Narac was 6th ahead of Tandy, just ahead the top two finishers on the road in GTS, with Puglisi (who had passed Cordoni), and Mapelli in third.

It was an exciting second part of the race, with Barba catching Leo, Broniszewskiand Narac fighting fiercely for fifth and Mapelli chasing Cordoni for second in GTS.

Barba eventually took the lead on lap 28.  In GTS Cordoni spun to allow Dalle Stelle to take third on the road, which became the win with the exclusion of the Autorland Porsches.

Race Result

1 12 Villois Racing IT Álvaro Barba ES Matteo Malucelli IT Aston Martin Vantage Super GT 1º 32 laps 1.10'31.849  (DSQ – Under Appeal)
2 4 AF Corse IT Federico Leo IT Gianmaria Bruni IT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 2º +1"440
3 17 V8 Racing NL Miguel Ramos PT Raffaele Giammaria IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 3º +12"724
4 2 Scuderia Villorba IT Andrea Montermini IT Juan Manuel López AR Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 4º +25"881
5 8 Manthey Racing DE Marco Holzer DE Nick Tandy GB Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 5º +31"176
6 16 Imsa Performance Matmut FR Raymond Narac FR Patrick Pilet FR Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 6º +33"545
7 11 Kessel Racing CH Michael Broniszewski PL Philipp Peter AT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 7º +35"232
8 44 Kessel Racing CH Daniel Zampieri IT Michael Dalle Stelle IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 1º +1'47"828
9 5 AT Racing Team AT Alexander Talkanitsa, sr BY Alexander Talkanitsa, jr BY Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 8º +1'52"945
10 56 AF Corse IT Stefano Bizzarri IT Andrea Rizzoli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 2º + 2'00"036
11 76 Reiter Engineering DE Nico Pronk NL Peter Kox NL Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GTS 3º + 2'02"669
12 53 Kessel Racing CH Massimo Mantovani IT Andrea Cecchellero IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 4º + 1 lap
13 58 AF Corse IT Martin Lanting NL Michele Rugolo IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 5º + 1 lap
14 69 Steve Hiesse FR Steve Hiesse FR Cedric Mezard FR Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 6º + 1 lap
15 6 Drivex School ES Miguel Amaral PT Miguel Ángel de Castro ES Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 9º + 1 lap
16 52 Kessel Racing CH Steven Earle US Freddy Kremer DE Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 7º + 1 lap
17 51 Kessel Racing CH Alan Calari CH Iradj Alexander CH Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 8º + 1 lap
18 60 Ombra Racing IT Mario Cordoni IT Lorenzo Bontempelli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 9º + 4 laps

NOT CLASSIFIED

18 Blue Jumeirah Team PT Rafael Unzurrunzaga ES Mosler MT900 GT3 GTS 10º 23 laps
19 V8 Racing NL Diederich Sijthoff NL Emanuele Moncini IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 10º 4 laps

EXCLUDED

55 Autorlando Sport IT Matteo Beretta IT Marcello Puglisi IT Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 32 laps +1'08"108
54 Autorlando Sport IT Marco Mapelli IT Archie Hamilton GB Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 32 laps +1'08"969

Race 2 - Victory sub-judice for the Villorba Ferrari of Montermini-López

Andrea Montermini and Cochito López gave the aabar Villorba Ferrari its second win of the year in a lively Race 2 under the sun at the Paul Ricard.

The pair beat the Manthey Porsche of Nick Tandy and Marco Holzer, now back as championship leaders jointly with Malucelli-Barba (Villois Aston), today 5th, and the AF Corse Ferrari of Federico Leo-Gimmi Bruni.

The win of the Villorba car though remains sub-judice, as it got a 30 second post race penalty for a race incident with the Corvette of Miguel Ramos.

The team has appealed, therefore the sanction is suspended until the appeal is examined by the local (French) sporting authority.

In GTS, Matteo Beretta and Marcello Puglisi, deprived of their win yesterday evening, took their revenge with their Autorlando Sport Porsche beating the Ombra Racing Ferrari of Lorenzo-Bontempelli-Mario Cordoni and the Reiter Lamborghini of Peter Kox-Nico Pronk.

At the start, poleman Barba took the lead ahead of Giammaria, Mapelli, Leo, Kox, Lopez, Tandy, Talakanitsa, Broniszewski and Puglisi. There was a big stint long fight between that pack with Zampieri spinning on lap 1, Barba and Broniszewski re-interpretating the chicanes and Narac stopping on lap 3 with a broken rear left wheel.

Mapelli also stopped with a puncture (lap 10) which put Leo in third but under attack from Kox.

After the pit stops Ramos led ahead of Holzer and Montermini. The three battled hard but on lap 13, Montermini touched the Corvette at the Beausset corner sending it into a spin.

The Villorba continued in the lead (but under investigation) with Holzer right behind, whilst Phillip was in third but in a fight with Bruni, then Talkanitsa, Malucelli and Ramos.

In GTS, Pronk led with the Lambo but Beretta and Bontempelli were closing in on him.

Lap 18, Malucelli took fifth from Talkanitsa, while Beretta passed Pronk for the GTS lead.  Dalle Stelle meanwhile was penalized a lap for a pitstop infringement whilst Bruni passed Peter for third and Bontempelli took second in GTS from Pronk.

Race 2 Provisional Result

1 2 Scuderia Villorba IT Andrea Montermini IT Juan Manuel López AR Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 1º 23 laps 50'54.191 (DSQ Under Appeal)
2 8 Manthey Racing DE Marco Holzer DE Nick Tandy GB Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 2º +3"105
3 4 AF Corse IT Federico Leo IT Gianmaria Bruni IT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 3º +6"836
4 11 Kessel Racing CH Michael Broniszewski PL Philipp Peter AT Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 4º +9"704
5 12 Villois Racing IT Álvaro Barba ES Matteo Malucelli IT Aston Martin Vantage Super GT 5º +10"125
6 17 V8 Racing NL Miguel Ramos PT Raffaele Giammaria IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 6º +24"802
7 5 AT Racing Team AT Alexander Talkanitsa, sr BY Alexander Talkanitsa, jr BY Ferrari 458 GT Italia Super GT 7º +35"369
8 55 Autorlando Sport IT Matteo Beretta IT Marcello Puglisi IT Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 1º +46"183
9 60 Ombra Racing IT Mario Cordoni IT Lorenzo Bontempelli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 2º +1'03"782
10 76 Reiter Engineering DE Nico Pronk NL Peter Kox NL Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GTS 3º +1'09"461
11 19 V8 Racing NL Diederich Sijthoff NL Emanuele Moncini IT Chevrolet Corvette C6R Super GT 8º +1'11"648
12 69 Steve Hiesse FR Steve Hiesse FR Cedric Mezard FR Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 4º + 1'17"721
13 6 Drivex School ES Miguel Amaral PT Miguel Ángel de Castro ES Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 9º +1'18"365
14 54 Autorlando Sport IT Marco Mapelli IT Archie Hamilton GB Porsche 997 GT3 R GTS 5º + 1'20"166
15 56 AF Corse IT Stefano Bizzarri IT Andrea Rizzoli IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 6º + 1'21"786
16 51 Kessel Racing CH Alan Calari CH Iradj Alexander CH Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 7º +1 lap
17 18 Blue Jumeirah Team PT Rafael Unzurrunzaga ES Mosler MT900 GT3 GTS 8º +1 lap
18 44 Kessel Racing CH Daniel Zampieri IT Michael Dalle Stelle IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 9º +1 lap

NOT CLASSIFIED

52 Kessel Racing CH Steven Earle US Freddy Kremer DE Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 10º 13 laps
53 Kessel Racing CH Massimo Mantovani IT Andrea Cecchellero IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 11º 5 laps
16 Imsa Performance Matmut FR Raymond Narac FR Patrick Pilet FR Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Super GT 10º 2 laps
58 AF Corse IT Martin Lanting NL Michele Rugolo IT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTS 12º 1 lap