GT World Challenge Europe ... Ferrari One-Two at 1000 Km of Paul Ricard


 

Le Castellet, 5th June, 2022

The Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020s pulled off an extraordinary one-two in the 1000 km of Paul Ricard, the second round of the Endurance Cup of the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS. The victory of Antonio Fuoco, Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra, and the second place for Miguel Molina, James Calado and Nicklas Nielsen, were complemented by podiums in the Gold Cup and the Pro-Am class for the Iron Dames and AF Corse, making it a weekend to remember. The winners also took the lead in the standings.

Pro
In a race featuring three Safety Cars and two Full Course Yellows, the last of which just over 15 minutes from the end, the number 71 Iron Lynx Ferrari, which started from pole with Daniel Serra, took the lead at the midpoint with Davide Rigon at the wheel. The Italian driver extended his advantage to around ten seconds before passing the baton to Antonio Fuoco, who, in his double stint, managed and increased the margin over his rivals before crossing the finish line in first place at the six-hour mark. The victory was down to perfect management of race pace, Pirelli tyres and track traffic at every stage of a race that featured plenty of twists and turns.

The number 51 488 GT3 Evo 2020, second under the chequered flag, spent the race among the leaders after Nicklas Nielsen’s excellent recovery in the early hours. James Calado followed the Dane in the hot seat. The Briton lost a few seconds due to a slow puncture just as he was approaching his second stop and was about to attack the podium positions. He spun but did well to avoid contact with the barriers and limit the time lost. Miguel Molina, who took over from Calado, recovered a couple of positions to move into third place. At the end, taking advantage of the group recompacting due to the last Safety Car, the Spaniard attacked Gounon and took the second step of the podium.

Gold Cup
Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting took their first podium of the season, the best possible payback for the disappointment of their Imola retirement. The Iron Dames crew claimed a splendid second place despite a 25-second penalty and having also battled for the race lead. In contrast, AF Corse’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 completed an excellent comeback with a fifth-place finish for Alessandro Balzan, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Hugo Delacour.

Pro-Am
The Ferrari of Andrea Bertolini, Louis Machiels and Stefano Costantini secured third place but with some regrets, penalised by a drive-through that deprived them of a potential victory after leading the race for a few stages. However, the result provides valuable points for the standings.

Standings
With extra points at stake in this race, Antonio Fuoco, Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra take the lead in the standings with 38 points, while teammates James Calado, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina follow in third place on 30. In the Gold Cup, Balzan-Sbirrazzuoli-Delacour are third with 30 points and Bovy-Gatting-Frey fourth with 24. In the Pro-Am class, Bertolini-Machiels-Costantini are third on 38 points.

The next round of the Endurance Cup will be the eagerly awaited 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps from 28 to 31 July. However, the GT World Challenge Europe drivers have two Sprint Cup races at Zandvoort and Misano before the Belgian classic.

 

Comments From the Podium of 1000 Km of Paul Ricard

The Paul Ricard racetrack delivered a special one-two for the Iron Lynx crews competing in the Pro class in the second round of the Endurance Cup of the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS. It was an unexpected result, hoped for after the morning’s pole position, but achieved by the drivers and team at the end of an intense and perfect six hours. The drivers spoke to us directly from the French podium.

Antonio Fuoco
It was an amazing race. My teammates and I managed the pace very well. We had a good pace today, and an outstanding mechanics team during the pit stops. I am delighted because we came away with maximum points after starting from pole position. Punctures were a problem in the race, and to avoid them, we tried to keep away from the kerbs as much as possible. We succeeded”.

Davide Rigon
I am delighted about this result. We knew we would struggle at the start of the race because we chose used tyres, so we could count on new ones at the end of the race. We had assumed, among various scenarios, the possibility of a Safety Car in the last hour and wanted to give Antonio fresh sets of tyres. My stint was excellent. The car was very well balanced, and I thank the technicians and engineers at Ferrari and Iron Lynx for that. For me, it is payback after the accident at Spa-Francorchamps, and to stand on the podium’s top step after such an intense race and against so many strong opponents is an immense joy. Now let’s think about preparing Le Mans and then the Spa event as best we can”.

Daniel Serra
This is my first win in the GT World Challenge, and I am thrilled with the result. It’s true that I have only had a few races in this series, but the first victory always has a special flavour. The team did an excellent job in terms of strategy and pit stops, as always. We made no mistakes, and both Davide and Antonio were very fast. It was an honour for me to share the cockpit with them. Let’s hope this bodes well for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Spa”.

Miguel Molina
“What I did at Gounon was one of the most wonderful and important overtakes of my career. I pushed from the first to the last lap to try to score valuable points. This morning we struggled a bit in qualifying, but we modified the car for the race, and I think the work paid off as the last two stints showed. The one-two is an excellent result for Ferrari and Iron Lynx”.

James Calado
I can’t believe we managed to finish second in this race. I had a puncture which caused me to spin at the end of my second stint. I had struggled a bit earlier, especially comparing my pace with our teammates, but we are delighted to take away this result for the team. I am also happy because this is my first podium in this series”.

Nicklas Nielsen
I am pleased with this result! At one point in the race, our podium hopes were over, especially after James’ puncture. However, we were very good at coming back, and Miguel made an amazing overtaking move to take second place from the Mercedes. We can feel satisfied and happy, both for the team and for this Ferrari one-two”.

Michelle Gatting
“I think we needed to finish on the podium this year. Indeed, the pace was always good in every race, but we always had a bit of bad luck, whereas today, we did well. I think we all did a fantastic job and were also lucky to gain another position at the end. We have proved to ourselves that we can be on the podium. Now we want to continue to do it in the coming races”.

Andrea Bertolini
The podium is a good result, but we could have hoped for more. I received a drive-through in the penultimate stint that compromised the entire race. We lost the lead and could not capitalise on the problem experienced by the McLaren. We could have won today. They are valuable points for the championship. Louis and Stefano did a great job, so we aim to do well at Zandvoort and Spa, the most important race”.

Louis Machiels
It was a good weekend although difficult, especially in the first stint in the race, because I struggled a lot with the car and tyres. We won points, and that is what counts. Unfortunately, the drive-through affected the final result, but we are already looking forward to making up for it at Zandvoort”.

Stefano Costantini
I am happy with the result, although there is some disappointment because we were very competitive. The drive-through obviously ruined everything, and this was compounded by the Safety Car at the end. We could have won without the drive-through, but I am still happy because we scored valuable points.

 

 

OA

IC

Class

r#

Car

Team

Drivers

1

1

Pro Cup

71

Ferrari 488 GT3

Iron Lynx

Daniel Serra, Davide Rigon, Antonio Fuoco

2

2

Pro Cup

51

Ferrari 488 GT3

Iron Lynx

Nicklas Nielsen, James Calado, Miguel Molina

3

3

Pro Cup

88

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AMG Team AKKODIS ASP

Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella, Jules Gounon

4

4

Pro Cup

50

BMW M4 GT3

Rowe Racing

Daniel Harper, Neil Verhagen, Max Hesse

5

5

Pro Cup

46

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Team WRT

Frederic Vervisch, Nico Müller, Valentino Rossi

6

6

Pro Cup

63

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

Emil Frey Racing

Mirko Bortolotti, Jack Aitken, Albert Costa

7

1

Silver Cup

777

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Al Manar Racing by HRT

Al Faisal Al Zubair, Axcil Jefferies, Fabian Schiller

8

2

Silver Cup

87

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKODIS ASP

Casper Stevenson, Thomas Drouet, Tommaso Mosca

9

1

Gold Cup

7

McLaren 720S GT3

Inception Racing

Oliver Millroy, Brendan Iribe, Frederik Schandorff

10

7

Pro Cup

66

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Attempto Racing

Juuso Puhakka, Markus Winkelhock, Dennis Marschall

11

8

Pro Cup

98

BMW M4 GT3

Rowe Racing

Nick Yelloly, Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus

12

9

Pro Cup

12

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Tresor by Car Collection

Christopher Haase, Mattia Drudi, Luca Ghiotto

13

10

Pro Cup

95

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

Beechdean AMR

Maxime Martin, Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim

14

3

Silver Cup

31

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Team WRT

Finlay Hutchison, Diego Menchaca, Lewis Proctor

15

4

Silver Cup

30

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Team WRT

Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, Benjamin Goethe, Thomas Neubauer

16

5

Silver Cup

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

Jannes Fittje, Alain Valente, Jordan Love

17

2

Gold Cup

83

Ferrari 488 GT3

Iron Dames

Rahel Frey, Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting

18

3

Gold Cup

33

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Team WRT

Ryuichiro Tomita, Arnold Robin, Maxime Robin

19

4

Gold Cup

911

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Herberth Motorsport

Ralf Bohn, Alfred Renauer, Robert Renauer

20

6

Silver Cup

26

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Sainteloc Junior Team

Cesar Gazeau, Nicolas Baert, Aurelien Panis

21

5

Gold Cup

21

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

Hugo Delacour, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, Alessandro Balzan

22

6

Gold Cup

77

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

Barwell Motorsport

Sandy Mitchell, Rob Collard, Alex MacDowall

23

7

Silver Cup

56

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Dinamic Motorsport

Mauro Calamia, Marius Nakken, Giorgio Roda

24

1

Pro-AM Cup

20

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SPS automotive performance

Dominik Baumann, Valentin Pierburg, Martin Konrad

25

2

Pro-AM Cup

188

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

Alexander West, Miguel Ramos, Henrique Chaves

26

3

Pro-AM Cup

52

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

Stefano Costantini, Louis Machiels, Andrea Bertolini

27

4

Pro-AM Cup

24

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Herberth Motorsport

Niki Leutwiler, Ivan Jacoma, Alessio Picariello

28

8

Silver Cup

3

Mercedes-AMG GT3

GetSpeed

Sebastien Baud, Valdemar Eriksen, Jeffrey Kingsley

29

9

Silver Cup

22

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Allied Racing

Patrik Matthiesen, Dominik Fischli, Joel Sturm

30

7

Gold Cup

91

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Allied Racing

Alex Malykhin, James Dorlin, Ben Barker

31

8

Gold Cup

97

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

Beechdean AMR

Valentin Hasse Clot, Theo Nouet, Andrew Howard

32

10

Silver Cup

163

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

VSR

Marcus Paverud, Baptiste Moulin, Michael Dörrbecker

33

9

Gold Cup

39

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Singha Racing Team TP 12

Piti Bhirombhakdi, Tanard Sathienthirakul, Matthew Payne

34

10

Gold Cup

10

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Boutsen Racing

Adam Eteki, Karim Ojjeh, Benjamin Lessennes

35

11

Gold Cup

57

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Winward Racing

Jens Liebhauser, Lorenzo Ferrari, Lucas Auer

36

12

Gold Cup

8

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

AGS Events

Nicolas Gomar, Loris Cabirou, Mike Parisy

37

11

Silver Cup

27

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

Leipert Motorsport

Taylor Cooke, Brandon Leitch, Isaac Tutumlu Lopez

38

12

Silver Cup

11

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Tresor by Car Collection

Lorenzo Patrese, Hugo Valente, Axel Blom

39

13

Silver Cup

99

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Attempto Racing

Marius Zug, Nicolas Schöll, Alex Aka

40

13

Gold Cup

112

McLaren 720S GT3

JP Motorsport

Maciej Blazek, Joe Osborne, Patryk Krupinski

41

11

Pro Cup

32

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Team WRT

Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde, Charles Weerts

NC

12

Pro Cup

54

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Dinamic Motorsport

Klaus Bachler, Come Ledogar, Matteo Cairoli

NC

13

Pro Cup

19

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

Emil Frey Racing

Leo Roussel, Arthur Rougier, Giacomo Altoe

NC

14

Silver Cup

14

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

Emil Frey Racing

Konsta Lappalainen, Tuomas Tujula, Stuart White

NC

14

Pro Cup

38

McLaren 720S GT3

Jota

Marvin Kirchhöfer, Oliver Wilkinson, Rob Bell

NC

15

Silver Cup

90

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Madpanda Motorsport

Sean Walkinshaw, Franco Girolami, Ezequiel Perez Companc

NC

15

Pro Cup

25

Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3

Sainteloc Junior Team

Lucas Legeret, Christopher Mies, Patric Niederhauser

NC

16

Pro Cup

111

McLaren 720S GT3

JP Motorsport

Christian Klien, Vincent Abril, Dennis Lind

NC

14

Gold Cup

93

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SKY - Tempesta Racing

Eddie Cheever, Chris Froggatt, Jonathan Hui

NC

17

Pro Cup

2

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AMG Team GetSpeed

Maro Engel, Steijn Schothorst, Luca Stolz

NC

16

Silver Cup

159

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

Vargas Manuel Maldonado, Ethan Simioni, Nicolai Kjaergaard

NC

15

Gold Cup

5

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

Arjun Maini, Hubert Haupt, Florian Scholze

NC

17

Silver Cup

563

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

VSR

Michele Beretta, Yuki Nemoto, Benja Hites




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