Five wins, podiums and three 2019 titles!
The Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season finale, which took place in Budapest, finished in the best possible way for Team AKKA-ASP, who accumulated successes from qualifying through to the three titles, claimed after a difficult season. Lello Marciello and Vincent Abril (#88) put in a perfect performance at the Hungaroring, claiming both pole positions and two clear wins in the two races. The Silver Cup cars shared the category wins, with the duo of Nico Bastian and Thomas Neubauer (#89) victorious on Saturday, followed on to the top step on Sunday by Timur Boguslavskiy and Felipe Fraga (#90). A fine reward in the Pro-AM category for the pair of Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jim Pla who claimed a hard-won victory in the first race. As far as the titles are concerned, Team AKKA-ASP claimed a double 2019 team crown, both overall and in the Silver Cup, while Nico Bastian and Thomas Neubauer were the Silver Cup winners. Despite a few regrets, most particularly in Brands Hatch and Misano, Team AKKA-ASP brought its 2019 season in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe to an excellent close.
The last Sprint round of the Blancpain GT Series started well for Team AKKA-ASP. From free practice onwards, the French team looked competitive on this technical track, winding and difficult to overtake.
The two qualifying sessions proved this fact, and first Raffaele Marciello and then Vincent Abril set the two pole positions in dominant fashion. For the final round, the participants were particularly competitive, and those who were aiming for the titles were not about to give anything away.
In the AKKA-ASP clan, both Thomas Neubauer (#89) and Timur Boguslavskiy (#90) were particularly sharp in Q1. In control of the session for much of the allotted time, the Russian driver saw the pole snatched away by his team-mate right at the end of the session, and ended up P2, 10th overall. The Frenchman claimed a spot on the third row of the grid (P6). As for Jean-Luc Beaubelique (#87), the Pro-AM driver brought up the rear.
The second session started at a high pace. The fight became more and more intense, but Vincent Abril (#88) outdid everyone to set the best lap. Starting off like a cannonball, Felipe Fraga (#90) held on to a place in the top five overall, claiming the Silver Cup pole ahead of Nico Bastian in the #89 (P9 overall). In the Pro-AM category, Jim Pla was fastest and set the 10th best time overall. Although no longer in the hunt for the drivers’ title, Team AKKA-ASP remained in contention for the team crown.
Final round - HUNGARORING
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