After the double victory at Nogaro, during the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship, the Belgian team won the Paul Ricard circuit on his first win of the season Blancpain Endurance Series. Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Stephane Ortelli imposed their Audi R8 LMS ultra under the checkered flag after a superb fight for victory. The trio in the no1 Audi now hold down second place in the championship, with 12 points ahead of their teammates Vanthoor/Sandstrom/Bonanomi, who were forced to retire early in the race. The withdrawal of the no2 Audi R8 LMS ultra was the only negative note of a weekend that promises to bode well for the next Total 24 Hours of Spa.
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Scheduled on Saturday’s evening, this 3-hour race should confirm the excellent position of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT’s drivers in the championship. Following his victory at Spa, Greg Franchi is the leader in the overall standings, ahead of the trio formed by his team mates Stephane Ortelli, Bert Longin and Filipe Albuquerque. Continue reading ‘Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in a favorable position for Magny-Cours’
Another session, another Ferrari at the top. A 1:49.910 put the Pro-Am no46 Black Bull Swiss Racing Ferrari 430 of Maino, Invernizzi and Venturi in the lead after Pre-Qualifying was complete. This would put the Ferrari roughly .5sec ahead of second place De Lorenzi Racing Porsche 997 GT3 R of De Lorenzi, Bonetti and Borghi. Continue reading ‘Blancpain: De Lorenzi Racing Porsche 997 GT3 R second in session’
The first 40min free-practice session of the Blancpain Endurance Series kicked off this morning at Monza. There was a lot of swapping between the top teams. Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi’s were there but in the end it was the no50 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Matt Griffin and Jack Gerber with a 1:49.603 in the Pro-Am class. Continue reading ‘Blancpain: Porsche 2nd, Lamborghini 3rd in first practice at Monza’
Portuguese stars Duarte Felix da Costa, Lourenco Beirao da Veiga and Ricardo Bravo have signed this week with Team Leipert Motorsport to compete in the brand new championship Blancpain GT Endurance Series. The Portuguese trio line up behind the wheel of a powerful Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 LP600 on a competition created by Stephane Ratel, promoter of the prestigious World FIA GT1. All races will have 3 hours of duration, apart from the mythic 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps. Continue reading ‘Team Leipert Motorsport joins Blancpain Endurance Series’
One week after conquering a first podium finish at Zolder, in the season-opener of the Belcar, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is ready to compete its first international event of its 2011 campaign, on the legendary circuit of Monza. This will be the inaugural race of the new Blancpain Endurance Series, where the Belgian squad will be present with two top driver line-ups: Longin-Ortelli-Albuquerque and Franchi-Piccini-Fassler. Continue reading ‘Blancpain: New Challenge For The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT’