Will Stevens heads to the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup in Germany next month placed fifth in the championship standings. Stevens and co-driver Markus Winkelhock (D) finished seventh and fifth in the latest event at the Hungaroring this weekend (26-27 Aug) which leaves the 26-year-old British ex-Formula One driver six-points off the lead – with a maximum of 34pts still up for grabs.
Their Belgian Audi Club Team WRT entered Audi R8 LMS started yesterday’s Qualifying Race from the sixth row of the 30-car grid, Stevens running 12th until pitting to Winkelhock at mid-distance, the German moving up to seventh with 20mins remaining. Marcus took the chequered flag just 1.2secs away from sixth after 34-laps and scoring an all-important point. Stevens, who took over from Winkelhock in the Main race, lay fifth with 20mins remaining, a position he retained to the chequered flag – finishing just 3.458secs behind the winner.
The fifth and final Blancpain Sprint event will be held at the Nürburgring over 15-17 September.
Will Stevens (GB): Lives: Surrey, England. Aged 26.
“Qualifying was ultra-tight with one second covering the top-15 – three-tenths would have put us on the second row. The Qualifying Race was processional, the Hungaroring track is notoriously difficult to overtake on but the weekend ended up not too bad with fifth place in the Main Race. We had a very good pit-stop but I had to be held in the pit lane to avoid an unsafe release which cost us a few seconds – possibly third which was a little frustrating. I also had old tyres compared to those around me having new ones for their final stint so we had very strong pace considering. But overall, we come away six-points off the championship lead with five cars heading into the final race capable of winning the championship. I’m already looking forward to a very close hard fight in Nürburgring!”
Source. Martyn Pass