Barcelona Saturday Book – Sportscar365



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*** Juuso Puhakka won the final round of the first Fanatec Esports GT Pro series which took place in the Barcelona paddock on Saturday evening. The Finnish driver’s victory earned Madpanda Motorsport the Team Championship. Puhakka beat Dries Vanthoor, who won the Pro class honors in the one-hour, 1.5-second race for the win. Race / Professional teams / Silver Teams

*** The Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series top scorer this year was Emil Frey Racing, who racked up nine real world championship points for his drivers’ exploits in sim racing. Madpanda got eight silver points, while the WRT took six in each category.

*** Matteo Cairoli was not at Barcelona on Saturday due to his participation in the NLS season final at the Nürburgring. The Italian driver for Dinamic Motorsport at both events. Cairoli and a few other members of the Dinamic squad are due to arrive in Spain ready for qualifying on Sunday morning.

*** Several teams are in doubles this weekend, although Dinamic is the only one to use GT3 cars at Barcelona and the Nürburgring. GTWC Europe Walkenhorst Motorsport, GetSpeed ​​Performance, HRT, AF Corse and Winward Racing teams are at the Norisring for the DTM.

*** The Porsche Dinamic n ° 54 stayed in a workshop near the Circuit de Catalunya between the Valencia Sprint Cup round and this weekend. Dinamic receives technical support from the Spanish company Monlau Competicion but it is understood that the workshop belonged to another company.

*** The BMW M4 GT3 will make another race this year at the 24 Hours of Sebring, according to Mike Krack, head of motorsport at the manufacturer. This will be the car’s first competitive outing in the 24H series which uses Hankook tires.

*** Krack told Sportscar365 that the 24H Series rules for the rider lineup means BMW will deviate slightly from the crews at all factories that drove the M4 GT3 at recent GTWC Europe and NLS events. . “We have a very good relationship with our American partners and teams,” he said. “You will see some interesting programming. “

*** The BMW M4 GT3 racing in Barcelona is the same car that has competed in two recent NLS rounds. Krack said one side of the vehicle should change color during the race. “Due to the aero, the fuel is drawn on the white part of the body, so it turns yellow,” he said. “We are like a chameleon! “

*** The turn of turn 10 re-profiled is experienced for the first time by several drivers in the GTWC Europe paddock. Some of them expressed concern that the faster corner speed will result in fewer overtaking in Sunday’s race.

*** Asked about his impressions of the updated corner, Ferrari’s Nicklas Nielsen said: “It was pretty good. I like that but it’s a bit of a shame that they took away one of the good overtaking opportunities. It will be difficult in the race to overtake.

*** The track boundary rules have been relaxed at turns 9 and 15, where cars are allowed to exceed the white lines as long as they stay in the adjacent green space.

*** Raffaele Marciello of Mercedes-AMG felt that some of the teams using cars from other brands were hiding their true potential in practice. “You see the Ferraris behind the Pro-Am cars, and yesterday they were fast but today not too fast,” he told Sportscar365. “But I look at myself and today I felt pretty good. Even though many cars like Audi and FFF Lamborghini will be fast tomorrow.

*** The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 # 188 Garage 59 did not participate in the pre-qualifying due to a damaged chassis. Team manager Andrew Kirkaldy told Sportscar365 that the damage was sustained in a crash in Valencia two weeks ago, but did not manifest until testing on Saturday. The team returns to a reserve for tomorrow’s race.

*** Team WRT will join Garage 59 for a tune-up lap tomorrow morning after undergoing “major repairs” due to an unspecified mechanical problem in Free Practice. The cause and extent of the problem are currently unclear.

*** Several GTWC Europe Endurance Cup titles will be decided tomorrow, including the general driver and team championships. Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Come Ledogar are 13 points ahead of Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts in qualifying. Pier Guidi aims to become the very first consecutive Endurance Cup champion.

*** The closest reward in competition is the overall team title. Iron Lynx leads Team WRT by just eight points, with Orange1 FFF Racing Team 10 points more.

*** Alex Aka and his Attempto Racing co-drivers must win the Silver Cup race to deny a class title to Rolf Ineichen, Ricardo Feller and Alex Fontana who have won two races this season with their Lamborghini Emil Frey Racing no. 14 and hold a 24 point cushion.

*** Sky-Tempesta Ferrari driver Chris Froggatt leads the Pro-Am series with an 18-point lead over FFF Racing Team’s Phil Keen and Hiroshi Hamaguchi. Jonathan Hui is actually second in the table, but cannot win the title because he shares a car with Froggatt.

*** The 2022 GTWC Asia and Australia calendars are expected to be announced at Sunday’s SRO press conference hosted by Stéphane Ratel. The Asian program would include six rounds with races in Japan, China, Malaysia and Thailand.

*** Other cars joined the GT1 Sports Club paddock ahead of Monday’s “prologue” organized by Curbstone Events. Two Lamborghini SCV12s, a Pagani Zonda Revolucion and a Ferrari LaFerrari FXX-K were among the additions to an exotic mix of track machines.

*** The first of three 15-minute qualifying sessions to determine the grid for tomorrow’s Endurance Cup race will start at 9:00 a.m. CEST (3:00 a.m. EST). The final round of the Endurance Cup season will start at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. EST).

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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