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MAC-PIER GUIDI TAKE THEIR THIRD WIN OF THE GT OPEN SEASON

Mikkel Mac, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Luzich Racing had a perfect Race 1 in a warm afternoon at Spa, taking their third win of the season, reinforcing Mac’s leadership in the standings. It was a very lively and sometimes nervous race in all positions, which was led during the first stint by an impressive David Perel (Rinaldi Racing Ferrari), who had signed the pole and the new GT3 track record in 2.15.441. The Lamborghinis of Imperiale Racing trusted the rest of the podium, with Giovanni Venturini and Jeroen Mul second and Riccardo Agostini-Rik Breukers third.

It was also third win of the season in Pro-Am for Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole with the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes, while Giulio Borlenghi and Andrzej Lewandowski gave Vincenzo Sospiri Racing and Lambo the win in Am.

THE RACE – 26 cars are on the grid, after the MS/HTP Mercedes had to withdraw because Alex Hrachowina felt ill during the night (food intoxication).

At the start, poleman Perel narrowly keeps the advantage over Mac, who attempts an attack at Le Combes, followed by Gonda, Agostini, Venturini, Salikhov, Sowery, Di Folco and Cioci. There are contacts in the group at first braking a La Source, with Rees and Montermini touching and the Italian spinning. The Brazilian will get a 5-second penalty.  Beirão is hit at the bus stop after Ellis spins following a contact by Salikhov, who will get a 10-second penalty.  Venturini takes fourth from team mate Agostini in lap 4. In lap 5, Perel has already a 1.5 second advantage over rivals, while shortly after West is in the pits because of a mechanical problem. The show is put for a few laps by the fight for fifth between Agostini and Salikhov, with the two passing each other.

After all pits stops, in lap 18, Mul leads with 1.2 seconds over Pierguidi and 8 on Breukers, with Eriksson further aback (-23) in  a group that comprises Kogay and Cipriani, then Griffin, Liberati and Rueda. As Pierguidi catches Mul, starts a big battle for the leadership. Breukers is a lone third, so is Eriksson in 4th, and then another battle opposes Griffin and rueda for fifth. In lap 22, Pierguidi manages to pass Mul for P1 on the outside at Les Combes. In Am, Silva leads after the retirement of Salikhov, although he will later concede the success to Borlenghi.  Kogay goes off-track at Lesc Combes, while Wilkinson, Crestani and Di Amato fight for P10 with a lot of door-to-door contact, with Crestani taking the advantage. The last thrill is the battle for 7th that the Aston of Reip will win against the Lambo of Liberati.

Source. International GT Open

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