ALMS ... Kessel Racing Wins in Pro-Am, AF Corse on Podium at Yas Marina


 

Abu Dhabi, 19 February 2022 

Race 3 of the Asian Le Mans Series, held at Yas Marina, saw victory for the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Kessel Racing, dominant in the Pro-Am class with Robert Ziemian, Francesco Zollo and Axcil Jefferies. The Ferrari number 17 of AF Corse claimed its third consecutive podium in the Pro class.



The race offered many more twists and turns than the last two outings in Dubai, with two Full Course Yellows, two Safety Cars and a long red flag neutralisation at mid-race. Ferrari’s performance fell short of the heights hit last week, partly due to the Balance of Performance. Despite this, the Maranello cars secured a podium and a win in the Pro and Pro-Am classes, respectively.

The third position of AF Corse’s number 17 488 GT3 Evo 2020 came at the end of a race where various penalties prevented the crew of Conrad Grunewald, Louis Prette and Vincent Abril from challenging the Herberth Motorsport Porsche and Inception Racing McLaren that beat it to the chequered flag. It was a third consecutive podium for the AF Corse APM Monaco Ferrari. Teammates Alessandro Pier Guidi, Victor Gomez and Francesco Piovanetti, in the number 51, completed the four-hour race sixteenth in class. In contrast, seventh place for the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari was a blow to Davide Rigon, David Perel and Rino Mastronardi’s title chances. The trio needs a victory combined with a below-par performance for Iribe-Barnicoat-Millroy, the current leaders in the standings, to be crowned champions and secure a pass for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The German team’s trio was unlucky when the advantage they had built in the race was wiped out by the Safety Car before the red flag.

Michael Broniszewski, David Fumanelli and Mikkel Jensen, absent from Dubai, put in an excellent performance that earned the Kessel Racing 488 GT3 Evo 2020 a tenth-place finish after fighting in the leading positions at various stages of the race. However, there was cause for celebration in the Swiss team’s pit as Robert Ziemian, Francesco Zollo and Axcil Jefferies claimed victory in the Am class after two second places in the Dubai races. This result closes the gap to the championship leaders on the eve of the final race of the series tomorrow at the Yas Marina circuit.

OA

IC

Class

R#

Car

Team

Driver

Laps

1

1

LMP2

23

Oreca 07 – Gibson

United Autosports

J. Pierson / P. Di Resta

111

2

2

LMP2

4

Oreca 07-Gibson

Nielsen Racing

R. Sales / M. Bell / B. Hanley

110

3

1

LMP2 AM

39

Oreca 07-Gibson

Graff Racing

D. Droux / E. Trouillet / S. Page

109

4

2

LMP2 AM

49

Oreca 07-Gibson

High Class Racing

D. Andersen / A. Fjordbach / K. Weeda

108

5

 

LMP2 AM

44

Ligier JSP217-Gibson

ARC Bratislava

M. Konopka / N. Muston / J. Corbett

106

6

1

LMP3

2

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

DKR Engineering

L. Horr / S. Alvarez / M. De Barbuat

105

7

2

LMP3

22

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

Rinaldi Racing

L. Weiss / T. Kratz / H. Still

105

8

3

LMP3

27

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

CD Sport

C. Cresp / A. Doquin / S. Palette

105

9

4

LMP3

8

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

Nielsen Racing

A. Wells / C. Noble

104

10

5

LMP3

3

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

CD Sport

M. Jensen / N. Adcock / E. Cauhaupe

104

11

1

GT

91

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

A. Renauer / R. Renauer / R. Bohn

103

12

6

LMP3

13

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

Inter Europol Competition

J. Dayson / N. Pino / G. Moura De Oliveira

103

13

2

GT

7

McLaren 720S GT3

Inception Racing

B. Iribe / O. Millroy / B. Barnicoat

103

14

3

GT

17

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

L. Prette / V. Abril / C. Grunewald

103

15

4

GT

42

McLaren 720S GT3

Optimum Motorsport

N. Moss / A. Watson / J. Osborne

103

16

7

LMP3

21

Ginetta G61-LT-P315-EVO-Nissan

Konrad Motorsport

G. Rindone / J. Grogor / S. Thong

103

17

5

GT

69

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

Oman Racing

A. Al Harthy / S. De Haan / C. Eastwood

103

18

6

GT

95

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

TF Sport

J. Hartshorne / J. Adam / H. Chaves

103

19

7

GT

55

Ferrari 488 GT3

Rinaldi Racing

R. Mastronardi / D. Perel / D. Rigon

103

20

8

GT

77

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

D'Station Racing

S. Hoshino / T. Fujii / T. Gamble

103

21

9

GT

6

Mercedes AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

H. Haupt / R. Penttinen / A. Maini

102

22

10

GT

74

Ferrari 488 GT3

Kessel Racing

M. Broniszewski / D. Fumanelli / M. Jensen

102

23

11

GT

34

BMW M4 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport

C. Hull / J. Miller / N. Catsburg

102

24

12

GT

12

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Dinamic Motorsport

G. Roda / B. Barker / P. Sager

102

25

13

GT

59

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

N. Kjaergaard / M. Maldonado / J. Vowles

102

26

14

GT

88

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

A. West / F. Bird / M. Kirchofer

102

27

1

GT AM

57

Ferrari 488 GT3

Kessel Racing

R. Ziemian / F. Zollo / A. Jefferies

101

28

2

GT AM

20

Mercedes AMG GT3

SPS Automotive Performance

V. Pierburg / J. Loggie / M. Grenier

101

29

15

GT

33

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

A. Au / Y. Ye / K. Bachler

101

30

16

GT

51

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

A. Pier Guidi / V. Gomez / F. Piovanetti

101

31

17

GT

96

Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO

Attempto Racing

A. Aka / F. Scholze / F. Hutchison

101

32

8

LMP3

72

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport

T. Veijalainen / J. Salmenautio / N. Aleksandrov

100

33

3

GT AM

99

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

J. Haring / F. Gehrsitz / M. Seefried

100

34

18

GT

48

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Saalocin by Kox Racing

N. Pronk / S. Kox / P. Kox

100

35

4

GT AM 

35

BMW M4 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport

F. Von Bohlen / H. Walkenhorst / J. Breuer

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NC

5

GT AM

66

Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO

YC Panda Racing

D. Khoo / J. Brunot

68

NC

9

LMP3

26

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

G-Drive Racing

F. Rossello / X. Lloveras / V. Gutak

42


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