First Italian appointment for the series created by Jesus Pareja. Enzo e Dino Ferrari hosts the fourth round and the halfway point of the season. The series actually returns to the Santerno ten years after its last appearance (from 2009 to 2011).
Fight for the title that is on fire from the start of the first race with Loris Spinelli on pole aboard the Mercedes AMG GT3 of AKM Motorsport and the Lamborghini of Michele Beretta, currently leader of the classification with Frederik Schandorff and above all only six points ahead of Andy Souceck which starts from the fourth square.
The Audi R8 of Audi Sport Italia with Ferrari-Agostini acts as a needle of the balance.
At the start of the green Spinelli wasted no time and remained in front with Beretta second, Souceck passed Ferrari who slipped fourth and Nemoto fifth.
Spinelli tries to stretch, completing the first lap under 1’43 “, while the rest of the riders on 1’44”. Spinelli’s fastest lap in the third lap with 1’42 ”628 and brings the advantage over Beretta to a second.
Osborne tries to break the delay and goes under Paverud’s Honda. Another fastest lap of Spinelli with 1’42 ”139, he passes the advantage over Beretta to 1” 7, Ferrari approaches Souceck’s Porsche looking for a possible attack for the third position.
Spinelli competes on his own, pruning his advantage to 3 ”464 in the seventh lap. White / black flag for Paverud who is defending himself from the attacks of Osborne’s McLaren 720 S GT3 on lap 11.
Ferrari’s forcing continues as he tries to get closer to Souceck’s exhausts, they lap at the same times while Beretta in second position is six seconds behind the leader Spinelli, all this in the fifteenth lap.
On lap seventeenth, Spinelli remains firmly in the lead of the race and in the PRO standings, Paverud leader in PRO-AM and Scholze in AM.
At eighteenth the exchange window opens, Spinelli and Beretta enter first, Spinelli remains in the car while Beretta leaves Schandorff, Souceck leads the race, but has yet to stop.
At 20 ° Ferrari enters for Agostini while Souceck continues. After the break, Spinelli’s new fastest lap with 1’41 ”536. Souceck’s Porsche enters 22nd and leaves it to Al Zubair. Scholze IN in the same passage and four new tires, Liebhauser climbs, Paverud also returns with Honda and leaves for Moller.
The American Iribe changes for the English Millroy on the McLaren 720 S GT3 of the Inception. Osborne enters the hair with the McLaren that he leaves in Moss and Nemoto in Moulin. Fast lap of Schandorff who tweaks Spinelli’s record and brings the limit to 1’41 ”202.
In the last ten minutes the classification sees Spinelli always in the lead ahead of Al Zubair’s Porsche which goes slightly wide out of the second of the Rivazza, allowing Schandorff to get closer. Great forcing by Agostini who after the problem at the Pit Stop tries to recover, pushing at every lap.
Great overtaking by Schandorff on Al Zubair, on lap thirty-nine, outside the Tamburello and conquers the second position. Spinelli always leading the general and PRO, Moller leader in PRO-AM and Liebhauser in AM.
Victory for Spinelli who together with the Team make no mistakes, second position for Schandorff who brings home important points for the overall classification.
The Souceck-Al Zubair crew was excellent with the latter holding up well in the final race. Step forward of Moller-Paverud who recover on Iribe-Millroy, third in class.
In AM Liebhauser, class winner with Scholze recovers on Cipriani.
“I am happy with the result, at the start I made the most of the Pole, managing to keep the lead and coming out of the first corner unscathed – Spinelli told Motorsport.com – From then on I started to push to gain the advantage”.
“I arrived at the stop with ease and in the final part I only checked. Thanks to the team who gave me a perfect car”.
Beretta added: “We are a close-knit couple, we have twenty seconds to serve while the Porsche is at zero. I’m happy with the car, it’s well balanced and we can also have our say in terms of the championship. “
Race 2 starts with a slight delay. Schandorff starts from Pole with Agostini at his side, the Lambo driver takes off well, Agostini does not go well, comes into contact with Spinelli and Millroy climbs second behind Schandorff.
In this first phase of the race, sixty minutes total, the McLaren driver seems to have more and the gap with the leader is just two tenths. Spinelli’s pace was excellent, the engine was replaced during the night, fourth behind Agostini.
Millroy leader in PRO-AM and Liebhauser, sixth overall, in AM. Twist on the fourth with Agostini, OUT due to a probable contact by Spinelli alla Tosa. Fast lap of Schandorff, then lowered by Spinelli in 1’41 ”882 to an average of 173.5 km / h.
Al Zubair’s Porsche did well, fourth behind Spinelli and an excellent race pace. Forcing by Agostini who pushes and recovers two positions, the first on Moulin and the second on Liebhauser. Five seconds penalty to Spinelli for contact with Agostini.
Spinelli’s fast lap then lowered by Schandorff to 14th with 1’41 ”263. At the 15th opening of the exchange window, Moulin enters first and lets Nemoto enter Moss for Osborne.
Al Zubair leaves Souceck after an excellent performance, Moller IN for Paverud and Schandorff for Beretta. Osborne flies with the McLaren of the Inception and lowers the fastest lap to 1’40 ”994, Spinelli IN for the stop, followed by Agostini for Ferrari.
Spinelli pays 20 ”of penalty time, like Beretta, but not for Souceck who is unloaded. Nemoto did not wait and squeezes his EVO, fastest lap in 1’40 “958. After the stops Soucek takes the lead in the race ahead of Beretta and Spinelli with Iribe leading in PRO-AM and fourth ahead of Nemoto.
Scholze with Antonelli’s second Mercedes, leader in AM. Spinelli brings the fastest lap back to AKM in 1’40 ”938. On lap 28, Scholze spun with the Mercedes, he managed to restart and keep the head of the AM.
In the final Beretta moves to a second and a half behind Soucek with Spinelli third who, despite the penalty, remains third. Too bad for Ferrari who returned for a puncture on two rear tires, while Agostini punctured one just before returning for the break.
Under the banner Souceck wins ahead of Beretta and Spinelli. Paverud scores in PRO-AM ahead of Osborne and Iribe. Scholze is imposed in AM in front of Cipriani.
Soucek: “Everything went well, since we had no penalties we were able to push and above all manage the race. In the pit we mounted new tires to create a bit of advantage and then manage”.
Beretta: “We did a lot of second places and with twenty seconds of handicap time it’s a good result. The car was perfect and I thank the team for that. Unfortunately it is difficult to drop seconds, despite this we remain the leader in the standings and the aim is to stay ahead of the Porsche ”.
Next round of the Championship on September 12th at the Red Bull Ring.