Barcelona post-race diary – Sportscar365


Photo: Dirk Bogaerts / SRO

*** AKKA-ASP became the first Mercedes-AMG team to win a Fantaec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup race in three years. The company’s last winner was Black Falcon at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2018. Mercedes-AMG teams have now won three of the four Endurance Cup races held at the venue.

*** Felipe Fraga won the 3 Hours of Barcelona after being part of AKKA-ASP’s Silver Cup crew when the French team won in their category in the race two years ago.

*** Its drivers won the Endurance Cup title, but Iron Lynx missed the Endurance Cup team championship by one point at WRT. The Belgian team won its first Endurance team title since 2015 with a score of 91 points. AKKA-ASP finished third with 88 points.

*** A major factor in the WRT Championship has been the sixth place overall of Silver Cup drivers Ryuichiro Tomita, Benjamin Goethe and James Pull at Monza.

*** Emil Frey Racing was crowned 2021 Silver Cup Team Champion for the Endurance Series, while Sky-Tempesta Racing won the Pro-Am title. This year’s GTWC Europe team overall champions – combining Endurance and Sprint results – are WRT, Emil Frey Racing and Barwell Motorsport.

*** Christian Engelhart said Dinamic Motorsport switched to an undercut strategy after following Callum Ilott’s Iron Lynx Ferrari in the first stint. “I could have gone a lot faster but I couldn’t use it,” Engelhart told Sportscar365. “We built our strategy around this and got there early, giving the car to Klaus [Bachler] who did a good job. With a good clearance, we managed to overtake the Ferrari and pass in front. “

*** Several cars punctured during Sunday’s race, including the # 25 Audi Sainteloc Racing, the # 14 Silver Cup winner Emil Frey Lamborghini, the Mercedes-AMG Madpanda Motorsport and the Mercedes-AMG Toksport WRT who lost his mind. because the left rear tire must be changed.

*** The # 35 BMW M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport retired due to a gearbox problem. It was a season finale to forget for the leading BMW team, which saw their No.34 car driven by Jake Dennis, David Pittard and Nick Yelloly complete a lap in 21st position.

*** The other two retirements were the RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG and the # 188 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from Garage 59. Both were caught up in incidents early in the race. RAM’s car ended up in the gravel after its driver Sam de Haan cut one of Rinaldi Racing’s Ferraris to bring out a first safety car. Shortly after the restart, Alexander West in the Aston Martin was struck by Hiroshi Hamaguchi of the FFF Racing Team at turn 12.

*** The only post-race sanction was a drive-through converted to a 35-second penalty for the No.5 Mercedes-AMG Haupt Racing Team, which turned around with the Porsche Allied Racing to exit the second car safety of the race. See the final results here.

*** ACO President Pierre Fillon and FIA World Endurance Championship CEO Frédéric Lequien were special guests of SRO Motorsports Group and joined Stéphane Ratel on the grid ahead of the second race of the GT4 European Series . Ratel was the ACO guest at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

*** The date for next year’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS official test at Paul Ricard has been adjusted. The event will now take place on March 21 and 22, two weeks later than originally planned. It will immediately follow the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours, which were confirmed as part of the announcement of the Intercontinental GT Challenge 2022 powered by Pirelli calendar.

*** The opening of the 2022 Endurance Cup at Monza is to be confirmed, Ratel hinting that another circuit could replace the site of the Italian Grand Prix on the calendar: “We are supposed to go to Monza, but we are considering also another opportunity in Italy, ”he said.

*** Although he did not reveal a full schedule, Ratel indicated SRO’s intentions for the 2022 season of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS at his annual press conference on Sunday. “Now we have a date for the 12 Hours of Bathurst, the local GT series can be built around that,” he explained.

*** The Bathurst date, however, is still subject to final confirmation. He also faces the events of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Sebring, which are expected to impact several people in the SRO paddock.

*** Phillip Island, Bathurst, Sydney Motorsports Park and Sandown are the four confirmed circuits on Australia’s 2022 calendar. Two more venues are to be announced.

*** On the non-competitive side of SRO’s business model, the Total Look Rallye tour for classic cars is expected to return next year. Ratel gives potential participants a choice of different starting locations and themes, including Rome (1960s), Saint-Tropez (1970s), Alps (1990s) and Vendôme again (1980s).

*** The GT1 Sports Club held its official “prologue” event on Monday with 12 cars. Barcelona fans were treated to a preview of the new hypercar track day concept ahead of Sunday’s Endurance Cup race.

*** A handful of teams including WRT, Madpanda Motorsport, GetSpeed ​​Performance and AKKA-ASP remained in Barcelona for a post-season test.

*** The provisional schedule for a GT1 Sports Club “super season” includes stops at Paul Ricard (June), Barcelona (October), the United States (March 2023), Europe (June 2023) and the Emirates Arab Emirates or Asia (December 2023). All events will be linked to GTWC rounds.

*** The competitive side of SRO’s electric vehicle concept, the GT-X World Tour, is expected to include “a number of different challenges,” including circuit races, hill climbs, rally stages and races. acceleration from a standing start. “We want to offer competition, because it’s not just a tourist rally,” Ratel said. “The ultimate goal is the customers: it’s the race for customers, but of course we have to start with the manufacturers. “

*** Sporting evolutions for GTWC Europe next year include the deployment of an “automatic” track limit system which has been tested in several races this year, an overhaul of the driver categorization system and more points real world for the Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series. These will be explained further on Sportscar365.

*** AKKA-ASP driver Jules Gounon hopes that there will also be changes in the regulation of backmarker traffic in the Endurance Cup. Several Pro drivers lamented that they could not go around the cars that withstood some of the heats this year.

“The problem is a lot of drivers don’t respect the flags,” Gounon told Sportscar365. “SRO is always listening to many complaints and drivers to make it even more professional. I think there is something to do on the blue flags, maybe do it on display or some penalties for guys who don’t respect them.

*** Ratel also announced that the FIA ​​GT World Cup is being prepared for the Macau Grand Prix weekend on November 19-20 next year. After being announced in July, the 2021 edition was quickly canceled for the second year in a row due to travel restrictions.

*** A special race celebrating “30 years of GT racing” will be added to next year’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa assistance bill. It follows a similar concept to a ’15 years of GT3′ celebration that was scheduled to take place at Monza this year before being canceled due to participation limits on the circuit.

*** All models that participated in the Venturi Trophy, BPR series, Lamborghini Supertrophy, FIA GT, FIA GT3, FIA GT1, British GT, French GT and Blancpain GT from 1992 to 2010 are eligible for the celebration race, which is organized by Peter Auto.

Daniel Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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