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BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE- NÜRBURGRING: TWO RACES AND THREE PODIUMS

01-09-2019

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BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE- NÜRBURGRING: TWO RACES AND THREE PODIUMS
Two races and three podiums for Team AKKA-ASP!

After a short summer break in the Blancpain GT Series calendar, it was time for the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe teams to head back to the track, in order to compete in the penultimate round of the season. For the 28 cars entered, the destination was the Eifel region of Germany, and the famous Nürburgring circuit.  This German adventure saw Team AKKA-ASP capture three podiums in the Silver Cup and Pro-AM categories.  Two were claimed by the duo of Timur Boguslavskiy and Fabian Schiller in the #90 Mercedes-AMG GT3, who finished in second place in both races.  The third went to Mauro Ricci and Jim Pla, third in the Pro-AM category in Sunday’s race. A slightly subdued weekend for the #89 car driven by Nico Bastian and Thomas Neubauer who, despite good performances, were not able to bring their car home in a podium position.  Finally, disappointment for the Pro car of Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril (#88) which had to retire shortly after the start of Race 2, having been caught up in a collision.  For the final round of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, with the Silver Cup title within sight, the aim will be to hold on to the advantage they have… Verdict at the Hungaroring in one week’s time!

On the technical Nürburgring circuit, the slightest mistake is quickly punished in terms of the lap time, and in order to hope to make a difference, skill and precise driving are needed.  In the AKKA-ASP clan, the team’s four Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars put in fine performances from free practice onwards.

After a day spent learning and adjusting the set-up for this complicated track, the results were encouraging.  With the #87 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Jim Pla and Mauro Ricci were fastest in the Pro-AM category in both sessions, while the two Silver Cup cars, the  #89 and #90, driven respectively by Nico Bastian - Thomas Neubauer, and Timur Boguslavskiy - Fabian Schiller, put in lap after lap.  The pair behind the wheel of the #88 Pro car, Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril, were among the fastest cars in the first session, setting the second-best lap time. 

During Qualifying, competition was fierce, and even in the early morning the weather was hot and humid at the German track.  When the flag fell on the first session, setting the starting grid for the first race, Nico Bastian was the fastest of the team’s drivers, second in the Silver Cup and 8th overall, closely followed by Fabian Schiller (#90), 9th overall and 3rd Silver.

Vincent Abril was 13th with the #88 Mercedes-AMG Pro while Mauro Ricci brought up the rear in the #87 car entered in Pro-AM.

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ROUND 8 - NURBURGRING

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