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BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE: POLE POSITIONS, A WIN AND A PODIUM!

14-07-2019

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BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE: POLE POSITIONS, A WIN AND A PODIUM!
Pole positions, a win and a podium for Team AKKA-ASP!

The sixth round of the Blancpain GT Series and the third of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, allowed Team AKKA-ASP to claim the overall pole position, followed by a superb win, in the first race, with the drivers of the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Vincent Abril and Raffaele Marciello. In the Silver Cup, the #90 duo Timur Boguslavskiy and Felipe Fraga (replacing Fabian Schiller for this round) lost out on a clean win (after setting pole) in the last lap of Saturday’s race, further to a broken engine mount, which also meant they had to withdraw from Sunday’s race.  In the same category, the pair of Thomas Neubauer and Nico Bastian (#89) finished on the second step of the Silver podium on Saturday.  Finally, the Pro-AM Cup blew hot and cold on the crew of the #87 car.  Jim Pla started from pole position after setting a superb 6th fastest time, but although he defended his position to hope to finish on the podium at the chequered flag, Mauro Ricci, victim of an incident towards the end of the race, was unable to secure the position.  The next step will be the Belgian Ardennes and the legendary 24 Hours of Spa (25-28 July), counting towards the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. A round of the FFSA GT French Championship will also take place there, among the support races.  An intense week ahead for Team AKKA-ASP from July 22nd onwards…

This weekend, the competitors in the Blancpain GT World Challenge met up in the Netherlands, at the circuit of Zandvoort, located at the popular North Sea seaside resort.  It was the first time the series had raced here since 2015, and the track, narrow, technical and difficult to overtake, was therefore new to many of the drivers.  An ‘old-style’ circuit, without run-off areas, and where the smallest mistake can prove very costly.

Although the event took place in mid-July, the weather was not particularly good, with clouds, rain and rare sunny periods.  For Friday’s free practice sessions, the competitors were made fully aware of the capricious weather, with the first session taking place in the wet, drying in the second, meaning that the teams were working on various set-ups, to deal with whatever Zandvoort would offer them

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Round 6 - ZANDVOORT

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